Looking to Get Away? Try a Family Staycation
Travel as we know it has ceased to exist in the traditional sense this summer, so many families have opted to pack up their masks and hit the great outdoors to enjoy safe adventures together. Many schools have announced delayed start dates, so staycations are also seeing a big resurgence this summer. And, bonus! Enjoying Mother Nature is a very affordable way to enjoy quality time together. Whether you’re staying home or hitting the road, here are some tips to have a great time with the family:
1. Trail Apps
Trails are so incredibly versatile because you can walk, hike, bike, birdwatch, and more. And thanks to modern technology, great spots to explore are just a mobile app away. Apps like AllTrails and many others help you find the best spots for your recreational activity of choice, many with options for length and difficulty so you can plan your day. You may be surprised how many trails are near you that you didn’t even know about! Or, if you’re headed to a new area, check out the app ahead of your trip so you can find the best stops for you.
Good old Google Maps can help you find nearby parks for planning a picnic on the road or near your home. Sometimes it’s good to get out of your comfort zone and try exploring a new area! Although equipment and eating areas are still blocked off at some parks for safety reasons, pack up a blanket to enjoy the sunshine safely from the grass. And try skipping the same old sandwiches and chips you usually prepare and make it special with some picnic yummies you’ve never tried before. Aldi and Trader Joe's are great places to find new and fun snacks since they rotate their inventory often.
There’s an app for everything these days, and just like the trail apps mentioned above, there are also great fishing apps like Fishing Spots where you can find approved locations to get out your poles and lure up. Just be sure to check licensing requirements wherever you’re going.
This has no doubt been an unbelievably challenging time for so many families, so staycations or outdoor travels are a few ways to take back summer in a safe way. I hope these tips help you consider how a safe and affordable break can do wonders for your family.
Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, follow us on Twitter @CommunityAmerCU.