Take a Vacation? Why Not?
I got something fun in the mail today and I had forgotten that I had even requested it. Tucked amidst magazine renewal letters and the bills was a visitor's guide for Indiana. Doesn't everyone want to vacation in Indiana? Wait... don't I live in Indiana?
Periodically I try and request a visitor's guide to my own state because it is full of great ideas for day trips for our family. It is almost like seeing the same old surroundings in an entirely new light. With two little children, leisurely vacations just don't happen for us anymore and we are now more opt to take a trip that can be done in a day, rather then in a week. Vacationing in our own state is a great place to start and a visitor guide and visiting the state's travel department website are great resources for finding things to do. Remember, each state wants you to visit their state for your travel needs so they are going to showcase the best of the best in their brochures. You are going to be able to view the cream of the corn crop (Wait! Are corn crops just in Indiana?) from the comforts of your own couch.
Not only that, but these visitor guides are chock full of coupons and specials, free maps to places in town, and highlight the best museums and attractions to visit. Armed with a visitor guide, you can visit each of the museum and attraction's websites to see if they offer a free day to get in. Sit down with your spouse and plan your vacations around the ideas for free activities from the guide book. Build your vacations from a budget-minded place and you will have a picture book of memories...without the credit card debt to kill all your fun! Remember, that you can still take a nice day trip in town and stick to your budget goals for weekend spending.
Go ahead, Google your heart out and find out what there is to do in your hometown. Don't forget to visit your state's travel department site for a visitor guide!
Sound Off: Here is a great Miss America question, "What makes your state so great?" Share what your favorite day trip is in your beautiful state! Who knows? Maybe I can visit you!