When spending your vacation at home, try looking at your hometown with the eyes of a visitor.
Go to places a tourist would visit – or arrange a picnic in your own garden or the nearest park.
Please share your tips on things to do when vacationing at home : )
1/Find events for free at craft stores, go to movies of off peak rates or go to the park!
2/Pack a picnic even if you are going down to your local park and always have a camera with you.... it is amazing. If you are near the seaside, just sitting watching the seagulls and the kids played in the sea.
3/ Living in a capital city, most tourist towns are a few hours drive away If you leave early spend a few hours you could be home the same day Makes for great mini holidays. Make it a round trip for varied scenery.
4/ You do not always need money to have family fun, dog walking, sight seeing in your own town to places that you have not been to in months.
5/Sign up for the tourism newsletter from my state and each week they send out coupons for various attractions around the state.
6/See your hometown through the eyes of visiting friends - give yourself a whole new perspective and you see things you may not have noticed before.
7/Go to all the historical and fun attractions from the nearby towns and your own.
8/ 'Be a tourist in your own town' it makes you appreciate the beauty in your home and take more care in the environment.
9/Experiment with ethnic restaurants and botanical displays. Visit the Chinese & Japanese gardens. Visit the ethnic shops. Learn a little about the different cultures in your town.
10/The best things in life are free!
Camping out in the lounge room with the kids, old fashioned jokes, story time & sleeping bags.
Don't forget the hot chocolates with marshmallows!
11/Gather travel brochures & make scrapbooks of all your favorite places you would like to visit.
12/Make a batch of cupcakes, mix up the icing & put in the middle of the kitchen table with all sorts of lollies for decorating them. Let the kids have a ball! Try weekly family blackout nights too. You can only eat what you have in the cupboard or the fridge without cooking. You may only use candles (be careful!) or torches. You may only talk, sing, read or play non-electronic games. It's great for the environment, family relationships & your pocket!! You will be surprised how much more fun you can have & the kids love that you are involved! You may even save enough for a nice little holiday somewhere! :)
13/ Shopping malls, museums n art gallery have events for the kids all through out the school holidays.
14/A day (or half day) at a spa is a nice way to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Maybe take a yoga class as well.
15/Stroll the streets and window shop- that logs up the walking exercise steps too.
16/Do a car boot sale or market stall and even let the kids sell things they no longer want and buy stuff with the money that they do want.
17/ Redecorating the living room ` or any room.
18/ Visiting the cathedrals, walk the dog go cycling.
20/Catch up with family and friends you don't see often. Watch old home movies with those you love.