How About a Staycation This Summer

Living in Ohio all my life, I've always wanted to travel and see more places. I've been lucky enough to go to many fun places on school field trips, including Washington D.C., New York City, and Florida where I got to visit Disney Land. I've also been to other parts of Florida with my family as a kid, as well as Pigeon Forge, Tennessee (and surrounding areas). I still have this dream to travel but with the economy in the shape it's in and gas recently reaching $4.09 a gallon in our area, I know things will only get worse. I've been hearing a lot about staycations over the years and I think this year might just be the perfect year to do it.

A staycation (or daycation) is the term used for a vacation in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home or vacations in their own town or local area doing things such as relaxing in the backyard pool, camping, taking day trips to area attractions, zoos, state parks, museums, festivals, etc. Staycations achieved popularity in the United States during the financial crisis in recent years, with gas prices reaching record highs as a way to cut back on expenses, including travel. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation. Staycations are far less costly than a vacation involving a lot of traveling.

Ohio, despite all the bad stuff you hear about it, actually has a lot of fun places to visit, including a lot of state parks and forests, amusement parks, museums, etc. Some of these great attractions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington, Ohio, the Armstrong Air and Space Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio (with famous curator, Jack Hanna), Hocking Hills, Kings Island, Fort Rapids Resort, and many, many other great attractions.

If you only look into it, you'll find out that your state has much more to offer than you realize as well and maybe this summer you might consider a staycation as well to visit some of these places and I hope you do. What does your state or local area have to offer that you might consider exploring this summer? I want to hear all about it.

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