Getting Real With Shadra Bruce

With the weather getting colder and snow heading our way soon, our travel will soon be much more limited than it is in the warmer months. Not ready to hibernate just yet, we try to plan travel closer to home, but as the October birthdays and impending holiday budget starts to impact the travel budget, staycations become a very attractive option.

Exploring a nearby city can be a great, less expensive alternative to a weekend getaway. It still takes some planning, but when you aren’t having to worry about overnight stays, expensive hotels, or packing suitcases, it can be pretty spontaneous too. There are some things we never leave home without-

  • A fanny pack to hold cash & IDs
  • A backpack with our water bottles, some baby wipes, a few of those emergency rain ponchos, an umbrella, and most important – extra socks
  • A map for exploring or directions to a specific museum, science center, or other location we’ll be exploring
  • The camera!!

You can center your staycation around a place your kids love to go or one they’ve always wanted; if you plan to be walking around a lot, wear comfortable shoes. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to the unpredictably changing temperatures of the season.

No matter where you’re headed, you can make it a real adventure for the kids by letting them help in planning the day.