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What If the Best Vacation Is a Staycation?


We are officially in the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. And whether you live in the beautiful Lake Norman area or some other spectacular part of the country, it’s likely the thought of vacation is at the front of your mind. But who says you can’t have the greatest summer vacation ever without actually leaving your home (or breaking the bank)? Staycations can be great for the whole family, and they can also be planned and executed with little effort. Here are some great, frugal ideas for summer staycations whether you are in Lake Norman or the heart of suburbia.


Five Great Ideas for the Perfect Staycation



Geocaching – Everyone loves a good old fashion treasure hunt! Geocaching is just that! Using your phone, or any GPS enabled device, you will follow a given set of coordinates and attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. You’ll find a variety of hidden treasures; some can be historical landmarks where you leave your name, date, and time on a sheet of paper saying you’ve been there. Some can be a wide variety of containers, from hollowed out pinecones, to military ammo cans. The idea is when you find a container, you’re free to remove any one item, in trade for an item of your own. This can be a day or a weekend full of adventure and excitement for the whole family. From the littles to the bigs, geocaching is a big hit!



Backyard Camping
– There’s nothing like sleeping in the great outdoors, even if it is in your own backyard. Make it as official as possible, no cell phones, or tablets. Set up your tents and sleeping bags and enjoy the day and night with things you would do at a campground. Barbecue for lunch and dinner, and of course finish the night off with s’mores for dessert. Gather under the stars and tell ghost stories or share your favorite lifetime memories. It will surely be a time your family will never forget.




Splash Day
– Everyone loves to have fun with water, so why not add it to your summer staycation. Spend the day at the lake, a local pool, or waterpark. Or you can enjoy a fun water day at home. Hide water guns and water balloons around the yard and have a good old-fashioned water fight. You could also lay out a slip and slide and inflatable pool to cool off and enjoy the summer days.




Family Film Festival
– There are endless options available when it comes to movies and how you can watch them right from the comfort of your own home. Having a film festival with your moviegoer family can be extremely fun and relaxing. Let everyone choose a film to watch and after each movie, take the time to review the film just as famous critics do. Be sure to take stretch breaks and have plenty of snacks and food available. If you happen to have a projector, throw a sheet over the back fence and have an outdoor movie night! You’ll be guaranteed to bond and learn new things about your family once you’ve shared your opinions and watch their favorite movies. (Plus this is a great option when those mid-summer rainy days happen!)



Block Party
– You may not be the only family on the block that won’t be able to enjoy the traditional sense of a summer vacation. So why not join forces and organize a block party? There are plenty of DIY crafts and games that you can all put together to be able to have a blast. And with everyone pitching in, you’ll be sure to have a good time on a budget. Just be sure to check whether your city requires any permits for the event. Once the day comes to enjoy the party, your family will not only have a great time, but you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your neighbors better.



Having fun doesn’t have to require long hours of travel and big dollar vacations. A staycation is a brilliant and fun alternative to traditional summer vacations. Relax, have fun, and make everlasting memories! We’d love to know your favorite staycation activities!


Keeping it real,

The Cloninger Properties Team



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