Where to stay:
* Camp - it's a great way to get back to nature. If you don't have a tent, many campsites have cabins you can rent. It's the basics but it's saves
* Stay home - part of our adventures will be right in our own backyard. Of course, we are lucky to have a place that has an overwhelming amount to do. Still, look at local tourist site to see what you might have missed.
Save on food:
* Pack the cooler with frozen juice boxes and sandwiches: I will freeze some juice boxes and make cold cut sandwiches the day before we leave. Be sure to put some juice boxes or water bottles that are not frozen in the cooler.
|backpacking at the national park nearby - |
if you can do it, back-country camping permits are inexpensive, although the equipment gets expensive
* I have been known to go to the supermarkets on the road. Lunchables are good but either their quantity has gotten smaller or my kids are harder to fill. Many supermarkets have pre-made meals or you pick up a pack of Oscar Meyer and some bread. Don't forget to pack a knife for spreading.
|miniature golf with the monkeys|
* Foods to pack: But some foods that are easily kept, PB&J or honey. Bread, peanut butter and Jelly or honey. Again, don't forget to pack the knife
* If camping, cooking can be fun and part of the family adventure. You'll need a stove or some charcoal.
Where to go:
* Have the kids search: you never know what they may find and it's part of the fun of vacation. Tell them that it has to be something everyone will enjoy.
* Historic places - every state has them.
* Find your local tourist site - whether it's your state's site or county site. They will be more then happy to help you find local places.
* www.tripadvisor.com - it's not just a site for reviews, get some ideas.
A day of Play: sometimes just planning a day of play is just as fun as leaving the neighborhood
* miniature golf
* local craft/painting/pottery store
* pick your own farms