I know what you’re thinking, “How can I have any summer fun if my finances aren’t expendable at the moment? I want to enjoy some quality time with the family and/or friends but I don’t think I can afford it.” Don’t fret and get into a financial frenzy. There are ways to have an exciting new adventure and stay within your allotted budget. Not only can you find deals in your city, but you can even get out of town with a few tips and tricks. This article will examine hidden treasures within you city, exploring the idea of mini-vacations and things you can do at home in lieu of a vacation.
Hidden treasures within your city limits may seem far-fetched but can be a fun way to get the family away from its normal routine. All cities have tourist attractions, museums, and amusement parks. Explore your zip code for those forgotten gems. Search for something new that you and your group have not experienced before. One example, is historical tours and sites. Most will only think of history during school and with that comes sighs of assumed boredom and less enthusiasm. Ignore those preconceived notions while getting online and searching for cool historical facts about your city. Get your group excited by showing and/or telling them stories about the past and maybe even find some type of connection with a relative or someone you know. There’s always museums and its tours if there isn’t a specific attraction available in your area. Just keep in mind that a familiar story or connection will only heighten the excitement of all involved.
If you have the itch to get out of town, you can still do it. Instead of booking a week-long trip opt-in for 3-Day weekend specials. Groupon, BookIt, and LivingSocial.com are a few examples of sites that advertise a plethora of vacation deals. Sometimes, a special offer is given for becoming a member or simply signing up for a rewards program or newsletter. Take advantage of all reward offers and watch the discounts and specials come rolling in.
In fact, Groupon is offering inviting romantic getaway packages that include trips to New York or the Caribbean. If those places are too far for you, Expedia has an application that will find getaways specifically 3 hours from your location. If you are already a rewards member for certain hotels such as Holiday Inn, they also offer 3 day getaways for reaching a certain number of points.
Vacation at home might seem lackluster to some, but can open up a whole new world of new possibilities, with little, to no additional costs. Take off from work and if you have kids, let them stay home and together you can work on new ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) projects. Applications such as Pinterest have spiked an interest in all things creative, so get on board and find projects that peak your interests! BoredPanda.com and Topdreamer.com are two sites that have multiple ideas to assist in decorating your home and organizing items. One cute DIY example is making a photo clock to cover one wall in a common room. This project involves painting the hands of a clock but instead of painting numbers to tell time, framed pictures will hang in their places. What a wonderful way to showcase a photo story of special family moments!
Everyone deserves a break and the summer months are perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Do not let your financial situation prohibit you from joining in on the fun. Innovation and initiative can go a long way with the convenience of technology that lives at our fingertips. Psalm 128:2 reads, “You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!” (NLV) So reward yourself with a financially fun summer!