Budget-Friendly Vacations Start at HomeSummer break is here. It’s time to get away. Unplug. Take a vacation. But here’s a reality check. For some, gasoline prices can make travel cost prohibitive.

The answer to your summer vacation dilemma is right under your nose. Vacation at home. With a little imagination and planning, you can save money and still get much needed rest and relaxation. Without leaving home! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Create an outdoor oasis.
Set up lounge chairs and a cooler with your favorite beverages. Keep sunblock, magazines and a summer novel within arm’s reach. And don’t forget to create ambiance. Add lush potted plants, a fire pit, a serene fountain, a children’s pool and slide or a tent – whatever suits your family’s style.

Budget-Friendly Vacations Start at HomeTurn off electronics. Shut down your laptop. Turn off the phone. No email. No Tweets. And definitely no Facebook status updates to tell everyone you’re on vacation. Of course, electronics are great for ordering pizza delivery and running a movie marathon. Use with extreme caution.

Simplify your menu. Plan meals that are easy to cook. And easy to clean. That includes firing up the grill, often. And to satisfy your snacking urges, pre-chop fruits and veggies and prep trays with cheese and crackers. Think finger foods.Budget-Friendly Vacations Start at Home

Enjoy local attractions.
A day spa. A golf course. Fine dining. Theme parks. Check Groupon for coupons to some of your city’s best indulgences. Then venture out for a day trip or fun evening – all close to home.

Los Angeles hot spots include:
Disneyland, The Getty Museum, Beverly Hills and Paramount Pictures or Warner Brothers Studios.

Inland Empire boasts:
Auto Club Speedway, Glen Ivy Spa and Big Bear Lake.

San Diego attractions include:
the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Birch Aquarium, Legoland, Balboa Park and dozens of fun beaches.

Las Vegas offers:
Forum Shops at Ceasars, a Mini Gran Prix, Hoover Dam, and extravagant shows and poolside retreats along the famous Las Vegas Strip.

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