Thought for Today

English: Actress Mariska Hargitay reads "...
English: Actress Mariska Hargitay reads ” Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…” Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Go Fishin’!  Fishing really isn’t about fish.  For many people fishing is about getting away from it all.

Easier before cell phones, but still possible.  Find a quiet place  and leave the phone at home.  Don’t buy expensive gear, just gather up basic equipment and go.

Fishing is a good spiritual exercise.  It teaches us to wait, something most of us don’t do very well.  So take a little time and just go fishin’!

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #4

Ice cream sundae with strawberries
Ice cream sundae with strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Make your own homemade ice cream and have a sundae party.  Don’t forget to invite me.

Homemade ice cream is a vacation in a bowl!  Making your own gives you control over what goes in it.

Make ice cream and set out healthy toppings such as fresh berries and nuts and a few fun ones like mini chocolate chips.  Let everyone make their own sundae and DIG IN!

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #5

The Sunway Lagoon water theme park as view fro...
The Sunway Lagoon water theme park as view from above. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Become a tourist in your own town. 

*  Visit the zoo, aquarium, museums or art galleries.

*  Get tickets for a concert, theater production or sporting event.

*  Take a walking tour of your city.

*  Splurge and spend a day at a theme park or water park.

*  Don’t forget quirky local attractions.

*  Check for discounts and special days.

*  Don’t forget the camera!

Top Ten Staycation Ideas #6

Picnic shelter overlooking Platte River
Image copyright 2011 by R.O & R.A. Robbins

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Discover your State Parks and Recreation Areas. 

In my state an annual $25 park permit gets everyone in your vehicle into the state parks.   We have a wonderful variety of state parks including parks that cater to campers, fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, hikers, history and archeology buffs, and even vacationers who want a few amenities.

One of our favorite brief escapes is a hike followed by dinner with a view at the picnic area in a State Park.

Get acquainted with your state parks.  You may be missing wonderful recreational opportunities.

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #7

English: Entry gate to the New York Renaissanc...
English: Entry gate to the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home

Enjoy local fairs, festivals and seasonal celebrations. 

Most cities and even small towns have at least one.  Whether a holiday celebration, flower, harvest or music festival, event honoring a local historical figure, Renaissance Faire or chicken festival these can be quite fun.

Some offer free admission while others charge.  If you going outside prepare for weather conditions and don’t forget sunscreen.   Take the family, leave the phone at home.  Have fun, you are on vacation!

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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