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Green Travel: Save Money and Travel Emissions with Staycations

| 7/13/2010 4:27:04 PM

If a traditional summer vacation isn’t feasible this year, consider taking a staycation instead. Staycations, vacations taken in-town or at home, are a smart way to save money, reduce emissions from long-distance traveling and support your local economy. Whether you’re taking your vacation days at home or checking out a local hotel or bed and breakfast, it’s important to treat your staycation like a normal vacation. Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your staycation.

Set start and end dates: When planning a staycation, set parameters just like you would a normal vacation.

Plan activities: What’s your vacation style? Do you prefer to relax, or are you vacations oriented around fun activities? Be sure to plan your staycation the same way.

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Taking a staycation doesn't have to mean sitting at home. Go on a camping trip or take a picnic. Plan to relax or engage in fun activities on your staycation—certainly don't plan on working! Photo By Colleen Proppe/Courtesy Flickr. 

Take photos: Treat your staycation like a normal vacation, so do your normal vacation activities, including pictures. Taking photos is a great way to turn ordinary happenings into an event.

Get out of the house: If money isn’t an issue, spend your staycation at a local, eco-friendly hotel. Getting out of the house will make your staycation feel more like a vacation, and it will also help support the local economy. If you don’t have the funds for a hotel, go camping. Enjoying the great outdoors will give you a mental boost—and it will also save a few pennies.

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