Thursday, May 29, 2008

Take a summer 'Staycation'

I am a daily subscriber to Urban Dictionary's, Word of the Day, ever since I got punked by my boss over 'coming correct' to work (You can read all about it in my May 1st blog posting.) I dare NOT know the latest 'uber cool' word, lest I be ridiculed by those in power who keep up on such things. Yes, you know who you are! Anyway, May 23's word of the day was 'Staycation.' The definition is: A vacation that is spent at one's home enjoying all that home and one's home environs have to offer. Good play on words. I get it. I'll think about it. After all, I love hanging out in my backyard, playing with my husband, two boys and our dogs, making stuff in my art studio....whew, I am relaxing just thinking about it. Yesterday I am reading and there is an article about taking a home-based vacation, a 'staycation', to avoid paying high gas prices by staying closer to home. Hey, this is a concept that people should pay attention to - you're saving on gas, you're not spending as much money and your curbing your carbon output. Some of the tricks listed for having a successful 'staycation' are: Check out local travel guides featuring local attractions you've forgotten or never knew about; make plans for your activities like you would if you were out-of-town; get everyone in the family involved in your 'staycation'; and, craft like crazy, making cool stuff! (Now that last part, I just made up. But doesn't that sound like fun! I love to make stuff when I have free time at home.) The best part of taking a 'staycation'? Unplugging from work AND spending family time together.


Trolla said...

I guess this calls for a Forestiere Underground Gardens tour, the Madera Wineries, downtown Chinatown--the vacation hotspots!

Let me know what all you come up with. There are plenty of day trips just calling out to families like yours and mine.

Tally O said...

I hear this more and more. With our very active one year old, we will not exactly be having a staycation - but staying close to home and leaving for a shorter period of time. Lots of people are just staying put this summer.

BloggingQueen said...

Found your blog through Tally O., and had to laugh about the "staycation" as well as the Urban Dictionary thing. My dad would've totally said, "uh, yeah, that's what poor folks do EVERY summer."
These gas prices are really making me wish my area had a BART system!


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