I've been thinking a lot about the concept of "staycations", vacations where you stay within city--or even your own property--limits. Of course it's a more economical choice than, say, a trip to Fiji, but it doesn't have to be any less exciting. Especially if you have kids. Camping in the backyard is an easy way to entertain children, unfortunately, it's usually at the expense of your back. Grown-ups looking for a little adventure that won't put them out should check in to an Inn or hotel close by. Treat yourself to dinner or a massage. Visit a tourist attraction. Go on a walking tour. Just forget that you're anywhere near your home, office, commute, etc. Staycations need not be restricted to the weekends. Take a few days off work and stay somewhere within two hours of your home. You'll save money on gas which is a plus, and who knows, you might discover a great new restaurant or gallery in that tiny town you usually drive right by.