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Planning Our Non-Vacation

A family vacation is just not in the budget this year. Sometimes, even a staycation just doesn’t cut it. That’s why we’ve found something in between.

The day trip.

With dozens of fun options just one gas tank away, we’re planning to take at least one day trip this summer. I’m eying Indiana Dunes — the local destination on Lake Michigan was actually named one of the top 5 family beaches in America by Parents Magazine.

We’ll drive up for the day, pack a picnic lunch, play in the sand, and swim in the lake. The girls will have an absolute blast — and we’ll spend next to nothing. It’s the perfect compromise between staying at home and an actual getaway.

Throughout the summer our family is also blessed with the opportunity to spend weekends at a nearby lake — courtesy of my in-laws 2nd home. We can swim, jet-ski, tube, and visit the small theme park.

In our early years of marriage, we used to day trip to theme parks every year. Of course, it’s a lot more expensive now that our family has grown, but a one-day trip is still a budget-friendly alternative to a family vacation.

A single tank of gas will get you about 3-4 hours from home, and back again. Since we’re not ones to mind a road trip, it’s a great option for us. The girls have always been amazing travelers, and I think the excitement and adventure will be enough to keep them that way.

I’m looking at the family calendar now — f we don’t just schedule something, it may never happen — and can’t wait to tell the girls about our non-vacation plans for the summer.

Where would your road trip take you?

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More on Babble.com:
9 Inexpensive Ways to Vacation at Home
Fighting Rising Gas Prices

More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
31 days to a Better Budget

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