Get away without going away

Camp out or set up a picnic in the backyard. PHOTO CREDIT GETTY IMAGES
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Family vacations are a great way to bond and take a step back from the hectic schedules that accompany everyday life, but sometimes time, money or the current situation make planning an elaborate trip a non-starter.

However, a staycation — a vacation you take right in your home — can be much less expensive and fit into nearly any amount of available time with the added bonus of skipping out on potentially stressful travel.

Consider these staycation ideas to prove you don’t have to go far to spend quality time together.

Visit local landmarks

While you can’t actually go there right now, many sites allow you to virtually visit major landmarks. Imagine traveling the world without leaving home.

Just because it’s not a traditional vacation doesn’t mean you can’t pretend to be tourists.

Camp out in the backyard

Camping doesn’t have to be done far from home. In fact, it can be done right in your own backyard.

Pitch a tent to sleep under the stars and plan a night full of traditional camping activities like roasting s’mores, telling spooky stories by flashlight and trying to identify stars and constellations. 

Set up a picnic in the backyard

Pack a basket with sandwiches, fruit and other treats and head to the backyard while pretending its the local park.

Break out the games. Play Frisbee, croquet or cornhole.

Lay on the grass, while looking up at the clouds. See if you can find  animals in the cloud formations. 

Have a home spa day

If you’re looking for some relaxation, plan an at-home oasis. Light some candles, run a bubble bath and break out the facial masks and fingernail polish.

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