Layoffs are rampant, gas prices are volatile, airlines are cutting flights, and Americans are feeling the economic pinch of a recession. As much as we hate it in this country of big dreams, big cars and Big Macs, we have to find a way to cut back. For many Americans, that means turning the Great American Vacation into a ?staycation,? which is the big buzzword of the year, having appeared in articles everywhere from www.CNN.com to Newsweek. But what does a staycation really mean? Newspaper humor columnist and frequent staycationer Matt Wixon shares with readers the definition of a staycation as well as:
- Rules for a successful, satisfying vacation at home or nearby
- Motivation and encouragement for people who can?t afford the big, traditional vacation
- Ways to make the most of time off from work
- Strategies and experiences from more than a dozen staycationers, as well as hundreds of Internet links and specific ideas to help plan a vacation in your hometown.
From alternatives to destination theme parks to making the most of out local amenities to reigniting the flame in a relationship, Americans will find this guide a humorous and invaluable guide to staying home on vacation.
What is a staycation? And how can it work for you? -- Staycation rules -- Theme parks and thrill rides -- Outdoors and adventure -- Educational staycations -- The pampered life -- Sports staycations -- Movies, plays, and other entertainment -- Romantic staycations -- Especially for kids -- Some more ways to pack in fun -- Making the most of it.