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Staycations for Dog Moms

Vacationing to the beach, your favorite city, or a wondrous international destination can be a fun way to break up the routine of your every day life, relax, and recharge from the endless grind of working full time.

While going on vacation has a whole host of benefits for our health, the unfortunate reality is that many of us don’t use our vacation days. In fact, in 2015, more than half of American workers did not use all of their vacation time.

So why did these workers leave precious vacation days unused? Well there’s a lot of factors, from stress and work pressures both real and perceived. But going on an elaborate vacation also costs a lot of money.

Going on a vacation is certainly fun, but let’s be honest here-going on vacation can be too expensive for many workers! Just so you know, the average vacation costs about $1, 145 dollars a person. That is a ton of money that could be put towards bills, loans, or put away in a savings account.

So what do you do if you find going on vacation is out of your price range this year?

You go on a staycation of course!

A staycation is a vacation that combines time spent at home with time spent on local fun and activities. A staycation is a great option for people looking to get away from work without breaking the bank. A staycation will save you money and avoids the stress of planning and traveling.


Here are some awesome ideas for staycations for dog moms

1. Sit pool side with the pooch.


If you own a pool or have a neighbor who is gracious enough to let you borrow their own, spend a day or two poolside. Slather some sunscreen on you and the pooch, make yourself a fruity cocktail and some snacks, and soak up the suns rays for a bit. Jump in the pool and swim some laps with your pup or relax on a raft.


2. Visit your zoo or local aviary.


Most dog moms I know are also avid animal lovers and so they love to go to the zoo. Spend a day at your local zoo and learn more about the animals you love. The zoo is a fun and affordable way to spend some quality time with friends and family. Most zoos charge around $10-20 for admission.


3. Visit a conservatory or museum.


Similarly, take a day and visit your local conservatory or natural museum.  Get closer to nature and learn more about the world’s history.


4. Try a new restaurant.


Going on a staycation is the perfect excuse to try a new restaurant. Browse the internet and find an interesting new restaurant in your city or finally go to that brewery or bar you’ve always wanted to go to. Bonus points if you can find a dog friendly restaurant.


5. Take a day trip.


Just because you’re on a staycation doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole week at home. Hop in the car with your friends and your pooch and go explore some of your local treasurers or a nearby city or town. If you want to bring your dog along, do some research and find some dog friendly locations.


6. Go camping.


Camping is a fun and affordable excursion for outdoor lovers. Chose a day during the week and go camping with some friends and your pup. While you go camping try some fun outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, or canoeing. Going hiking is my favorite because it’s a great way to spend some time with your dog and get in some exercise as well.


7. Go to a local sporting event.


If you’re an avid sports fan go and spend a night watching baseball with some friends and famiy. I know the Pittsburgh Pirates also offer Pup Nights which are games that you can bring your dog to. They have a special section with water bowls and dog treats and tons of people bring their pups along. Depending on your team, you may just be able to bring your dog along for the fun.  


Have you ever taken a staycation? What do you like to do on your staycations?

Have you ever taken a staycation? What do you like to do on your staycations?

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