If you can't afford to take a vacation what

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
February 16, 2009 3:17pm CST
do you do? How do you take a break from the ordinary every day hum drum to give yourself a break? I haven't been on a vacation with my hubby in 4 years, and never with the kids. With money so tight, any ideas?
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• United States
16 Feb 09
Well, my boyfriend and I play a pencil and paper fantasy RPG. It's cheap, you can escape from reality for awhile, it's creative, and interactive...we have a great time! Sometimes we will play an online computer game together (Ahseron's Call), that costs about 26 bucks a month, cheaper than the movies
• Canada
16 Feb 09
With the recent passing of Valentine's Day, I am brimming with ideas a plenty. Consider a long afternoon stroll on a sunny day with your husband. It is a time where the kids can join and you can enjoy sights in the fresh air. Planning romance nights with your husband isn't a bad idea, either. Get a sitter for the children and create a vacation night at home together with a nice meal, the sky is the limit to what you can do and the costs can be minimal. Consider a quiet, country drive or an evening together at a beach (in season). No matter what suggestion, my best advice is to take quality time out for you and your husband to spend couple time. You don't have to go to a five star resort to celebrate the magic of your love. Be creative and be sassy. You deserve it.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
16 Feb 09
In the 14 years we've been together - we've had 1 official vacation - and it was a family one. We just happened to come into some extra funds and used it to rent a trailer up in the Dells for a long weekend. Didn't do any waterparks, but did do mini-golf and shopping. Otherwise it was just hanging out with the family without any worries. We can't afford it again this year, so we'll just hang out as a family. My husband and I both play the same interactive online multiplayer game. So that helps break away from reality. The kids all have their own multiplayer online games they enjoy, all free too. Angels Online, Furcadia and Perfect World. My youngest like Toontown, but is only allowed to play as a free member. I refuse to pay $10 per month for a game.
@tinkerick (1256)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Other suggestions are: - go to a local beach for the day - amusement parks - museums - a day in the city (using public transportation like trains) - a day in the country (state parks are nice picnic areas)
@sacmom (14315)
• United States
18 Feb 09
In all the years my husband and I have been together we have never taken a vacation. Mainly because we never really cared to and we would rather spend the money on other things. But after we had kids we didn't go not just because of money, but because with our oldest being autistic it's kind of hard to go anywhere. And since our car is in need of repair it's impossible to go anywhere together as a family. The last time I needed to get away I went to a movie by myself. I did feel guilty for splurging money on myself, but at the same time it was nice to get away...even for just a few hours. I rarely ever get out by myself, so I not only welcomed it, I cherished it as well. Maybe you can make a family day out with the hubby and kids. Go to the movies or a walk in the park (weather permitting, of course). It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just so long as everyone can enjoy it. Or you could always do what I did and just go by yourself. It sounds like you deserve some time to yourself.
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
18 Feb 09
All my life my family went somewhere on vacation, but there was one year when we took day trips to parks around our state. Back then it didn't cost to visit National or State Parks the way it does now. For children it was great fun because there were lakes to swim in and some of the parks were not known by too many people, so we practically had the lake all to ourselves.
• Netherlands
17 Feb 09
While it is not my cup of tea you could take the family away for the week-end on a camping trip. It doesn't have to be expensive, you probably have some old blankets etc. laying around the house you could sleep under or maybe you have some friends that have some camping gear such as a tent etc. you could borrow. If you know a family that has boys they probably have some camping gear you could borrow as many times boys go camping under the stars in sleeping bags. And if worse comes to worse and you can't afford a camping space for the night you can always go out in the back yard and make it a real adventure for the kids. If you do go out camping you probably wouldn't spend too much as you have to eat anyway so you can always take the food you would cook at home and cook it outside and the great outdoors for a couple of days would be great for the kids. Hope it helps! ;)
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
17 Feb 09
I have not been on vacation in about 5 years. I went to Gatlainburg, TN with some of my friends. We rented a cabin. With everybody chipping in(6 BR cabin) it was not that much money. Anywhere you do a real vacation you are going to have to pay for lodging, so money would still be an issue. Maybe somewhere that is not real touristy so the hotels won't cost too much.
• China
17 Feb 09
im single.so i have no your trouble.but i also think if i can't afford to take a vacation,i will adjust my attitude so that i can afford to take next vacation.lol.i suggest you adjusting a good attitude.it is very important for everyone to do anything.do you think so?
• United States
17 Feb 09
I don't normally go on vacations. I guess I should. I have an uncle in California, a mother in law in Florida, a friend in Colorado.. and probably more people I could spend time with if I really put thought into it.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
16 Feb 09
Alot of states have alot to offer as small vacation sites and sometimes we just don't know how much it has to offer because we are so busy wanting to get out and go somewhere else. I think it is best to get a travel guide of your home state and be able to visit places on a weekend or do a day of it kind of thing. I recently sent off for a travel guide of my state and I was astounded at the things that could be done in my home state and what it offered. I would try to save up enough at least for gas and maybe when one of the towns close by is having a fair or festival to go and make a day of it. You can get a all day stamp in some places cheap. You can also pack your own foods to save money and have a picnic of it at a park.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I don't think I've ever been on a typical vacation at all in my adult life. We used to when I was a kid, we had a special spot we'd go, a cabin in the adirondacks owned by some friends who were always out of town that week. They'd let us stay there for free, so it was an inexpensive vacation. The only vacation we've taken as a family has been to Canada. We have a friend who lives up there, and we've been up to visit her. She lets us stay in her place, it's a one bedroom apartment, so it's kind of cramped, but it's so inexpensive and one of the few ways we're able to get away. The kids sleep on air mattresses on the living room floor, our friend sleeps on the sofa giving us the bed, and we bring a playpen for the baby to sleep in. We'll actually be going up there this weekend, from Saturday till Monday. Hubby couldn't really get a whole lot of time off work, but I wanted to get up there while it was still winter. They have a 5 mile long outdoor skating rink (actually it's the canal that has been drained and frozen). I haven't been able to skate on that yet, because whenever I've been up there I've either been pregnant or it's been summer. So we're looking forward to that. Hubby has never been up there in winter, he's only been once last summer, we went for about 4 days. I went up for a weekend alone once, and brought the kids with me while hubby worked last summer for a weekend.