We’re not going anywhere on vacation this summer. I don’t feel comfortable taking time off work yet, and we’re hoping to be able to go visit my family this winter. My husband, being the French man that he is, feels absolutely deprived without at least a little bit of time off work, and as the nanny is taking two weeks off, he took the opportunity to take some time off himself. I don’t normally work Wednesdays, so today we’re going to be going on our one big summer vacation splurge- a trip to a local amusement park.
The kids are really looking forward to it, and I am too, despite having to spend the day in the hot, hot sun. We’re going with my husband’s cousins, who also have two boys and a girl who are about the same ages as our three. And I think it will be so worth it just to see the kids having fun.
It’s not going to be the most frugal of days. We did get our tickets at about 50% off the full price, thanks to my husband’s cousin’s job. I also bought a couple off big bottles of water to bring along, and I plan on telling the kids in advance that we’re not buying souvenirs at the park. But picnicking is not allowed in the park itself, so we’ll be eating at one of the (surely overpriced) restaurants on the premises.
I know that staycations are all the rage on the blogosphere nowadays, and this year it happens to be the best choice for our family. But what about you?
Are you travelling this summer? Staying at home? How do you stay frugal on vacation, either at home or away?
Here are some of my frugal tips on travel, for when you do decide to hit the road.