Planning the perfect vacation is easy when you have access to large financial resources and a near endless list of exciting places to visit. Having a good time when both these things are absent is far more exciting and challenging. With your vacation resources limited to your living room, backyard, or kitchen, planning a day of fun and family bonding can be difficult, but it’s not impossible. In this guide, we’ll be going over 8 great budget-friendly staycation ideas guaranteed to make you not miss lavish trips to tropical locales.
You don’t need to travel to a camping site before you can roast smores and tell fun camping stories. Pitch a tent, roll out the sleeping bags, grab a few fold-able chairs, and start a small controlled fire. You can tell ghost stories, teach your kids a few survival tricks and tips, and go asleep under the stars. You can enjoy everything that makes camping great without leaving your own backyard.
Have a cook-off
Tasting great food is one part of every vacation every family member looks forward to. It lets them experience great food in a fun and exciting environment. Having a cook-off provides the same experience. However, the difference is you and your family doing the cooking instead of a professionally trained chef.
You can divide the family into teams and have them make certain meals with fun and stringent rules. This will really spark up their creative sides. It makes every member to appreciate every part of the food preparation process; and it lets them have fun while prepping the meal that you’ll enjoy afterward.
Create your own family carnival
If you’ve ever been to the carnival with your family, then you know how fun those can be. Recreate the magical atmosphere of that unique place and play fun games like Ring tosses, cakewalks, Corn holes, Fishing holes, and more.
Acquiring a new skill along with the family
Super exclusive vacation resorts allow travelers and vacationing families to learn new fun practical skills during their stay with them. You could set up the same thing with your family and introduce an interesting new skill like pottery or basket weaving- something fun that the whole family can enjoy.
Building a fort
Staycationing is not always about creating a home version of fun outdoorsy vacation activities; it’s about having fun with whatever resources are at your disposal. So, that is why such it is such a great idea to build a fort. All you need are blankets, some chairs, pillows, and our imagination.
Arts and crafts
Host arts and craft sessions in your backyard with the kids. You can tie and dye, paint a fruit or two, or even build a birdhouse using nothing but match sticks.
Plan a scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunt is another fun, stimulating activity you can set up for the family. You can hide anything in your home and leave clues everywhere so that your kids can find them. It would be best if you awarded the hunt winner with something novel and cool like cold coins or a shiny trophy.
At home waterpark
You can have your very own day at the water park with a garden hose, some sprinklers, floaties, and water guns.
These fun activities and budget-friendly staycation ideas are proof that you don’t need to go on a fancy vacation to have a good time. You might be stuck at home, or perhaps you don’t simply have the time to go on a long trip or vacation. These ideas are creative, exciting, educative, and versatile enough to keep you and your family entertained for many weekends to come.