Vacation Without the Voyage
(Bankrate) — Slashing your annual vacation travel budget is an easy way to save money, and families can choose a much less expensive “staycation” to achieve that goal. But staying at home or close to home can look, sound, taste and feel like a vacation. “Vacation sounds a little more exotic, but with a staycation, it’s all about that creativity. You can take something ordinary and make it extraordinary,” says Paul Tocknell, who founded the Staycation Ideas website with his wife, Holly. “It’s not necessarily about the destination; it’s about the journey.” Tocknell’s secret is to think like a tourist. Look at your own area as an outsider might, and staycation destination ideas will present themselves. Here are five tips for making a staycation feel like a vacation.