By Carolyn Erickson, Blogger of the Month for June
What do you look for in a vacation? For me, it’s an opportunity to unplug and step away from the grindstone. Like, really step away — not just physically, but mentally too.
(I can ruin a great vacation for myself just by not letting go of work.)
But getting in the right frame of mind can happen anywhere. Even at home!
Here are some of the ways my family has “stay-cationed” in the past:
- We rented a cabin at a Kansas State Park. These are really affordable, and it’s my favorite way to camp! (Indoor plumbing and A/C is the way to go.)
- One year we stayed overnight in Independence, Kansas. On one day we visited the Little House on the Prairie site, and the next day we played in the hotel pool.
- Since we don’t have an RV, we rented one and had it set up at Wilson Lake. This was great — it was hooked up and ready for us when we got there.
- Another great spot for camping is Fall River, in the Corps of Engineers park. We did the tent thing, but it was fun because we went with a whole bunch of friends. Highly recommended! (If you find that you’ve forgotten something, one of your friends is likely to have it.)
- One year when a hotel and camping weren’t an option, we stayed in our own home, but we made a point to stay gone all day, doing fun things we usually don’t make time to do. It was only a day-long adventure, but I’m determined that we’re going to do it again some year.
- On another trip, we traveled north toward Topeka to visit friends and stopped to see the sights along the way. Our hotel was modest and affordable, but it had a pool and good restaurants nearby.
Photos courtesy of Travel Kansas.
Because I’m always on the lookout for a bargain, discovering vacation ideas that are also affordable makes me happy. All of these were affordable, fairly easy, and memorable. But I’ll bet that you know of many more great places to visit in Kansas. My family is always saying we should explore the state — where would you recommend we go next time?
Carolyn Erickson blogs at Wichita on the Cheap from her home in Wichita, Kansas. She is also an adjunct instructor at Butler Community College, a WordPress instructor for Pixel Time, and a consultant for a national blogging network. She’s the mom of a teenager, stepmom (not wicked) to two grown boys, mother-in-law to two great gals, and Grandma C. to two boys, with a third grandson
on the way just born!