Staycation Savings: Fun Things to Do With Your Military Discount
Being a part of the military family, we all understand how frustrating it can be to plan a vacation out of town. On top of the ordinary stresses of packing up your family and making countless reservations, we go through the hassle of possible last minute work or duty schedules as well as waiting for leave approval. To avoid the unpredictability of whether a vacation outside of the state is possible or not, we enjoy the simplicity of taking a staycation.
What is a staycation and how does a military family embrace one?
Staycations are vacations taken in a city, town or neighboring area in which you live. When a long weekend is presented, my husband and I pack up the kids and use the opportunity to explore more of our surrounding area. It is a great way to spend a weekend with your family discovering a town you have been willingly or unwillingly relocated to.
How to get started booking your staycation.
First, you must establish what it is you are looking to do, or explore on your staycation. Whether it be finding natural landscapes, checking out local landmarks, learning more about history, or just enjoying a relaxing getaway with family appreciating local cuisine, find your purpose for your staycation. Your city, town or neighboring area will also have some wonderful opportunities for military families. We’ll go over that more in a bit; just keep in mind to ask for that military discount wherever you go.
After establishing the purpose of your staycation, you need to find appropriate accommodations. If you live in a large city, prices can be steep. Most hotels do offer a military or government rate, and there are also other options such as a bed & breakfast or weekend rentals. Either way a staycation is not complete without you leaving the confines of your home for a night or two.
Last, be a tourist for a day in your own town. Tote that camera around your neck and do as the tourists would do! Whatever it may be, find that something that will take you out of the comfort of being a local, and explore your city as a vacationer.
What are some fun things you can do?
This is the part where I am going to list some really fun, affordable staycation ideas. However, keep in mind that these won’t be affordable unless you ask for that military discount! I have heard many friends say they don’t want to bother with it, but it could potentially save you 10 to 50 percent. Who wouldn’t want to save money at theaters, amusement parks, museums, special events, concerts, sports events and various attractions?
Add amusement parks and attractions to your staycation
Most military families are aware and take advantage of the discounts given by amusement parks and attractions, as they are great staycation destinations for the whole family. Look around your area and see what parks are close by, do some research online and many times, purchasing your tickets will save you money on top of your military discount.
Here are some amusement parks and attractions that offer a military discount, are any of these near you?
About the blogger
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, mother of two, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, and she is also co-founder of SpouseTalks. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. Currently, Angela serves as a Community Manager for USAA, writing about her experiences in deployment and military life.