The weather is getting warmer and every post you see on social media is of families taking their first vacation together in what seems like forever (thanks to the whirlwind that was the last year). We get it! The travel bug is hitting us over here too, but without a budget, planning an impromptu trip could really throw off your financial goals.

In fact, a survey done by LearnVest showed 74% of Americans had gone into debt for a vacation. We know you have goals, and eliminating debt is one of them. So here are 4 budget-friendly staycation ideas to help you find adventure close to home and create those fun family memories without breaking the bank. 

Camp in your backyard

This is one of our favorite activities when we want to getaway! Set up the tent in the backyard, make some snacks, play board games, and tell stories by flashlight all night long. Sometimes we will even set up a white sheet and tell shadow stories, put on a play, or project a movie onto it. Plan ahead by grabbing what you need to make s’mores or roast hot dogs to really add to the camping vibe for the evening. 

Visit a local park or hiking trail you’ve never explored before

You’d be surprised at all the places you could visit in your city that you haven’t before. Find a new park, a museum, or a hiking trail and make a day of it. You could assign each family member a job to find a location and visit 1-2 per day if you wanted to make a whole week of it! Pack a lunch, have a picnic and explore the city around you. 

Learn a new skill on YouTube

Youtube is a fantastic resource for fun, free activities. One thing we like to do on YouTube is learn something new. Find a few videos with skills that you think your family would enjoy. Maybe it’s cooking or making sushi, learning to play that guitar you have in storage, doing a science experiment, or even building your own ninja warrior course in your backyard. The possibilities are endless on YouTube, and this is a great opportunity to include the whole family. 

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Create a scavenger hunt

How about a little staycation adventure, right in your own hometown? A scavenger hunt is a fun, simple activity we like to do with another family or group of friends. Create a scavenger hunt around your town that includes things you can see or funny things to do.

Divide up into groups and make sure each group has a way to take pictures to prove they hit all the stops. Set a time limit and plan a meeting spot when the time is up to see how many of the stops you were able to make. Some fun ideas: take a silly photo with a statue, film a video running up the local high school stadium stairs, find three yellow signs, take a selfie with a farm animal, or anything that would work with your town. We like to add a little competition to the event, and the losing team has to cook the winning team dinner. 

These ideas are all fun ways to make it feel like you are on an adventure without spending a lot of money or going into debt for a vacation. What else would you add to this list of fun staycation ideas?

Bonus tip: Create a vacation qube in your Qube App and start funding it every month so that the next time you get the itch to go on a vacation, you already have the money saved up to go out and explore!