Like for so many, this is our year of the staycation. We're great lovers of travel, but for a number of reasons, big trips just aren't in the cards right now. For Winter break, I'm busy compiling lists of local (preferably cheap) activities about town, dusting off our museum and zoo memberships, and keeping an eye out for easy half-day trips from Portland.
I admit I'm a little nervous about it. It's one thing to explore our fair city during the (mostly) sunny summertime, but two weeks with no specific plans in cold, rainy Portland can start feeling a bit claustrophobic. My ideal stay-at-home vacation involves lots of hiking and wandering and adventuring and spontaneous "Let's go!"'s…but the weather may motivate me to take a second look at our board game and DVD collection. Neighbors over for cocoa, fort-building, baking, lots of holiday lights-ogling, that sort of thing.
What about you? What's your ideal staycation? (I need all the help I can get in the idea department.)
By a stroke of luck, this conversation — which I was planning to have anyway — fits perfectly into a fantastic giveaway sponsored by Federated Media and the Xbox 360 team. To enter, share your ultimate staycation ideas in the comments of this post. One lucky winner (chosen at random) gets the Ultimate Xbox Bundle: An Xbox 360, a Gold Live subscription and three family-friendly Xbox games.
So how about it? How do you turn "not going anywhere this year" into "we had an amazing local vacation!"?
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