Staycation: Fun Ways to Make the Most of Staying Local
The key to a memorable stay-at-home vacation is to get out of the routine. Don't treat the week like an extended weekend. Put the laundry away and use the time to explore, have fun and create some great memories for your family. Wherever you go, bring a great camera so you can share and revisit these memories when your staycation is over.
Be a Tourist for a Week
Make up a schedule for the week to do one thing you have never done locally, or haven't done for years. When was the last time you went to the museum? Most cities and many towns have at least one museum nearby. If not, try an animal reserve or a nearby amusement park.
Order Room Service
Instead of flying or driving for hours, why not go to a local hotel for a night or two. Apps in the Samsung Galaxy Apps store—like Hotels.com or Hotel Direct—can show you the closest hotels with the best rates. Check the map on your phone often to see what surprises may be awaiting you around the corner.
Take the family out for the afternoon to enjoy the sun and fresh air on a local mini-green. If mini-golf doesn't peak your interest, head to your local park with your favorite lawn games. Don't forget to pack your smartphone or camera to capture that perfect frisbee catch, the winners' faces after a game of corn hole or a photo of your kite flying high.
Go on a Picnic
Most people live just a short drive from an ocean, a lake or other large body of water. If the beach is out of reach, take a picnic to a local park. Get out the bikes or put on some hiking shoes and head out for the afternoon. Find a local trail, load up on snacks and water and explore the routes you would never take on your way to work.
Parisian Picnic Sandwiches (Serves 2)
1 loaf French bread 2 tsp butter 2 tsp Dijon mustard Black pepper 1 avocado 8 slices Black Forest ham 4 slices Swiss cheese
Trim 1/4-inch from each end of the French bread and then cut the loaf into four equal pieces. Slice each piece along one side, leaving the other side as a hinge. Spread the slices open so they are flat.
Peel and pit the avocado and cut into thin slices.
Mix the butter, Dijon mustard and pepper until it's creamy, and then spread on both sides of the bread. Layer cheese, ham and avocado onto one side of each sandwich.
Close the sandwiches, wrap in wax paper and keep each closed with two elastics. Refrigerate until you're ready to head out.
Explore the Frontiers
If you've already explored your town to the fullest potential, take a drive to a nearby town and start exploring all over again. If the drive is more than a half-hour, bring a Galaxy Tab® A and put it in Kids Mode until you get there.
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