Mention gas prices in any crowded area and you'll likely get a collective groan. I paid $3.30 a gallon today, an improvement from last week's $3.45. I've no idea if they're meant to go up or down by summer, but I do know that even taking a day trip is a lot costlier than it used to be.
Whether or not it's gas prices keeping you home during your vacation
this year, turning your vacation into a "staycation" might actually end up being more relaxing and enjoyable in the long run. No suitcases to pack, no crowded cars or planes, and sleeping peacefully in your own bed every night...sounds good, doesn't it?
The secret behind a proper staycation, though, is planning ahead. The Seattle P.I.
has a few good tips
to get you started. Ditch the to-do list, and spend some time getting to know your own community a little better. Visit new-to-you parks, restaurants, attractions, and trails. Learn a new hobby
, or return to that fun project you had to drop due to lack of time. Spend time with your kids, or catch up with an old friends face-to-face, rather than through email. Who knows... you might end up staying home every year!