Tomorrow is the first day of June and although it’s not technically summer until June 21st, it’s got us all thinking about summer vacations. Because of hefty fuel prices, there don’t seem to be many (or any) inexpensive options when it comes to travel. Whether you want to fly, take the train, cruise or just hop in your car for a road trip, it’s going to cost you more than ever.
Thus, the “Stay-cation”. Yes, most definitely take some time off. We all need a break from work, school and daily routines. But consider staying close to home. You know, sometimes I find that visitors to my area in western New York know more about the things to do and places to see than I do. Why? Because I’m always busy working and don’t have time, or make time to enjoy the beauty in my own back yard. I would guess many of you fall into this category with your home towns, too.
So why not turn lemons into lemonade. Instead of spending lots of money to travel somewhere far away, use this time to enjoy the local highlights in your area. If you live in or near a city, perhaps you want to check out a museum you’ve never been to, or try a new restaurant in town. Do you live in more of a rural location? Check for hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes and other outdoor activities. Want to really feel like you’re away? I bet there are some campgrounds not far from you where you can spend a night or two enjoying the stars, roasting marshmallows and drifting off to sleep by a nice campfire.
Whatever you choose to do this summer, remember that beauty is all around us, we just have to look for it!