Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Stay-cation and splurge!

Americans this summer were expected to spend $98 billion for travel, which is a five percent increase from last year. However, with flight and hotel prices on the rise, some may be looking to cut down on spending by staying close to home.

Ivanhoe has some ideal ways you can kick back, relax, and vacation at home.

With flights, hotels, and rental cars, that trip you want to plan might be flying further away from your budget.

On average, the typical American family spends about 44 percent of their travel budget on getting to and from their destination. So staying at home allows you to splurge a little more.

Try booking a night at a luxury hotel or a nearby bed and breakfast. You may also be able to do a private boat tour or helicopter ride.

Explore your hometown by going to attractions or museums in your city. Your local tourist office can be a gold mine for the latest happenings in the area, such as upcoming music or art festivals, or wine tastings at vineyards. The tourist office will have details on free events as well.

And staying at home is a great opportunity to explore an area of town that you are not familiar with. Take a walk down the street and you never know what you might discover. 

A trip away from home can be very exhausting. One that is close to home can allow you to get plenty of rest, so don’t overschedule yourself.

Since you won’t have to worry about catching your flight on time, you have time to relax, read a book, or head to the pool.

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