As summer winds down, you might be getting ready for your regular schedule of work and/or school. But, it’s not too late to plan a last minute getaway to celebrate the beautiful summer and the great outdoors with your family! We made a list of end of summer vacation ideas that are affordable and doable, even if you only have a weekend to spare.
Camping is always a fun family activity, and it can be done on the cheap! To make this end of summer vacation idea work, head out on Friday after work to any local campsite near your home. You can find close and convenient campsites by going to the Reserve America website and searching your area. You can camp in a tent or an RV, depending on your style. Bring lots of snacks, bug spray, firewood, and games to play. You can even set a family rule to unplug for the camping weekend and have everyone turn their phones and devices on airplane mode! After all, camping is a great way to unplug and disconnect from the clutter and constant stream of information we experience in our everyday lives.
- Head to the water
Any water will do just fine! Do you live within a few hours driving distance to a lake, river, bayou, or ocean? Take a family trip to the water and let loose! This can be a day trip, or a weekend trip if there are hotels or campsites nearby. You can relax on the shore, read a book, play games, and take advantage of the cool water. If swimming gets boring, there are a ton of watersports you can try, including paddleboard yoga, that can challenge and excite the more adventurous members of your family. Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen, your Aurorae swim towel, and lots of water to stay hydrated.
Most of us have some sort of hiking trails nearby, even if it’s not in a majestic mountain range. Many large city parks have trails and paths for walking and hiking that can make for fun family adventures! Take a trip to some hiking trails and soak up the sun. Hiking is great for people most ages and athletic abilities; you can take it slow and easy, or pick up the pace for a bigger workout. Either way, you will have a blast enjoying nature, fresh air, and sunshine.
This end of summer vacation idea is for the folks who just cannot getaway for one reason or another. Maybe your work schedule is tight and you only have one day off. Maybe you are on a budget and a family getaway is not feasible at this time. No worries! You can still enjoy the benefits of a family vacation within the comfort of your own home. Build a blanket and pillow fort in your living room. Pitch a tent in your backyard. Have everyone turn off their smart phones so they are focused on the family time, order pizza, play a game, and have a movie marathon! It’s that easy.
Celebrate summertime coming to a close with some family time, a little adventure, and a little creativity. These end of summer vacation ideas were picked out with simplicity and a budget in mind, so that you can enjoy them no matter what.