With economic hardship taking its toll around the nation, the concept of a “staycation” and/or a mini-vacation vs. a traditional vacation loaded with expensive airfares, car rentals, and accommodations looks very appealing to most families and travelers.
In its annual summer vacation survey ‘08, the American Automobile Association said the average continental America vacation costs $244 per day for two people for lodging and meals. The priciest destination is Honolulu, where room and food for two adults is an average of $673 a day. Add airfare, kids, car rentals and a 10-day vacation easily tops $10,000.
For many people, taking a mini-vacation in their home state is the most sensible option. Worrying about how much you are spending through out your vacation is counter- productive. Rest and relaxation with time away from work, spent with loved ones, pursuing fun and adventure is necessary for everyone to rejuvenate and refresh.
Most folks planning their vacations now are looking a lot closer to home. For those who live in a state bordered by one of the oceans, travelers are seeking out deals seaside. Interior and mountain states offer spectacular scenery, regional cuisines, and culture. Many people feel they have not experienced all the possibilities their home state offers. By taking a staycation (visiting your home town’s attractions) or a mini-vacation (visiting your home state), consumers have the fun of a regular vacation without all the hassle – airport lines/delays, traffic, high gas prices, etc.
For more on day trips or mini-vacations in your area, contact the American Automobile Association at: http://www.aaa.com/scripts/WebObjects.dll/ZipCode.woa/wa/route?stop=yes&