The economy is still trying to work itself out, and many of us are still watching our pocketbooks these days.
According to Wikipedia, the term “staycation” refers to a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes or takes day trips from their home to area attractions. Staycations became very popular as a result of the recent financial crisis, escalation of gas prices and high unemployment rates.
There are advantages and disadvantages of taking a staycation, but if ground rules are set and followed, they can be a fun and relaxing way to enjoy some less expensive time off. Usually little to no travel expenses are incurred, however some individuals may opt for a short stay at a local summer hot spot, rather than indulge in longer distance air travel and higher expense. The goal is to stay close to home (or at home) and enjoy the local outdoors, attractions, and festivals – and save money. Disadvantages of a staycation would be one’s temptation to fall into their routine daily living and spend time running errands and answering email from work. Rules need to be respected by all, including self, family members and employers.
Atlanta and the surrounding areas are ideal for a summer staycation! The city offers so much to do and we often overlook it or put it off and say we can get to it one of these days. The areas surrounding Atlanta offer even more including beaches, mountains, history, art, etc… so go exploring and have some fun!
For those of you interested in traveling this summer, below are some helpful resources:
U.S. Department of State
Vacation Rentals By Owner