A lot of people look forward to the summer; kids are out of school, there’s more “free time” and after saving up for a year, they’re going on vacation. To me, though, this is just not the plan.
This summer I’m getting married! Yes, we plan on a honeymoon; however, we don’t need to go far. We’ve got plenty of nice spots to go to all within driving distance (less than a tank of gas) that we’ve been looking at. We are also surrounded by all kinds of natural parks, museums, theme parks, and events. From staying at a bed & breakfast in Amish Country, canoeing down rivers, hiking the Towpath Trail, to Cedar Point, Tuscora Park with its vintage rides, not to mention The Pro Football Hall of Fame, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Trail Festival; there’s something for everyone.
Along with all of this, there’s the fact that my family and I are gearing up for a few “Mud Runs.” Be it training for The Murph Challenge, The Battle Frog Series, Run for Rosie, and many more, we have a packed summer. Getting into to shape for a good cause and keeping the kids active is worth skipping a vacation for. Besides, it is much more fun than trying to load up all our kids, be it in the trucks or wading through the hustle of an airport.
Staying bust will not be an issue this summer. Neither will finding fun and interesting things to do. Even on quiet days, I can relax and tackle my “to be read” list or work on some projects I have been meaning to get around to. In the end, I do not need a vacation away from home to spend my money on or take up my time. I have plenty of life enriching experiences I can partake of at home.
So my advice to anyone wanting to know how to stay near home this summer is: Look around you. With the power of the internet you may find that there is something for you to do right in your back 40 that you missed. I know that my soon to be wife had missed a few of the wonderful adventures that were sitting quietly away not an hour’s drive from this small town that she grew up in her whole life. It really only starts to happen when you start thinking about something to do, that’s far more cost effective. You can be amazed what you’ve been missing when you decide to “Stay at home for summer vacation”.