Better Business Bureau: Tips for Improving Stay-At-Home Vacations

July 27, 2012

Stay-at-home vacations, or “staycations”, can mean a variety of things to different people. For some, it means getting lots of home and garden projects done such as painting, repairs, or tending vegetable gardens. For others, it means having budget-friendly adventures at or close to home such as visiting nearby parks and attractions, attending a neighborhood block party or camping in the backyard.


Staycations have become quite popular due to economic challenges, allowing more families to vacation while sticking to a budget. Other benefits include more quality time with family and not dealing with the stress associated with traveling.


Vacationing can prove extremely expensive.  Stay-at-home vacations are a good option for people looking to save money while still enjoying their time off.


The BBB recommends the following tips to consider when planning a “staycation”:


  • Know your budget. Breaking the bank to vacation is not a good option, but fortunately, most consumers are budgeting wisely and making smart decisions. According to an American Express survey, American households can expect to spend about an average of $1,200 per person on summer vacations. It’s no surprise staycations have become commonplace.


  • Look for options close to home. There are plenty of fun things to do nearby where you live and ClearPoint Credit Counseling’s eBook, Budget Vacations in Your State can help you discover different options. In this free eBook, there are several exciting opportunities listed for each state and this could inspire you to conduct your own search for other free and inexpensive activities in your own backyard.


  • Research deals before making a decision. No matter what your vacation plans are, the BBB recommends that you visit ahead of time to make sure businesses or offers are legitimate.


  • If you choose to travel, be prepared. Those of you who still plan to travel this summer will be among more travelers than last year. Eighty-six percent of travelers are planning trips this summer (up five percent from last year), according to TripAdvisor. Thanks to lower gas prices, more people will travel by car than by air.

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As a private, non-profit organization, the purpose of the Better Business Bureau is to promote an ethical marketplace. BBBs help resolve buyer/seller complaints by means of conciliation, mediation and arbitration. BBBs also review advertising claims, online business practices and charitable organizations. BBBs develop and issue reports on businesses and nonprofit organizations and encourage people to check out a company or charity before making a purchase or donation.