Does your stressful life have you wishing for a vacation, but your wallet doesn’t have room for it? Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle MonitorTM data reveal that 47% of female respondents cut back on travel or vacation plans due to the negative impact the economic crisis has had on their financial situations. But forgoing a costly vacation doesn’t mean relinquishing time off altogether. Take a cue from the thrifty families planning a staycation instead, all using great ideas that use America’s favorite fiber, cotton.
“In these tough economic times, we’re seeing families looking for ways to spend time together that don’t involve spending money,” says Melissa Bastos, Manager, Market Research, Cotton Incorporated. “Cotton is already a part of everyone’s wardrobe, and the great news here is that it can also become a part of their staycation as well.”
Staycations are a great way to relax and recharge without breaking the bank, not to mention while also avoiding the cost and hassles of airline travel. The following are just a few tips and ideas to get you well on your way to a successful staycation.
Plan the dates for your staycation. When you’ve built the time into your busy life, you’re more likely to stick to it. So get your family together and plan what days you’ll use, ensuring you’ll get the most out of your time off.
Take a vacation from chores. Save the spring cleaning for another rainy Saturday. Don’t spend your time off doing chores or other household duties, so you can return to work revitalized and refreshed.
Now that you’ve planned the time for your next staycation, here are a few ideas for ways you and your family can spend the time together – without having to worry about the damage it’ll do to your wallet.
Camp out. Pitch a tent in your backyard and spend the night under the stars. If you don’t have a backyard, or if it’s still covered in snow, take some cotton bedsheets and pitch a tent in your family room. Your kids will love it as much as you did. Purchase an inexpensive set of cotton bed sheets from JC Penney or Target, and you’ll have an extra set for impromptu overnight guests or ghostly Halloween costumes.
Host a movie night. Pop some homemade popcorn, and cuddle together under a cozy cotton quilt from Land’s End to enjoy the film.
Plan a picnic. Head to the park, the arboretum, or even the zoo. Pack a lunch from home with classics like fried chicken, potato salad and coleslaw. Don’t forget to bring an old cotton bedsheet or cotton throw blanket to spread out on the grass for a relaxing afternoon outside.
Follow these tips for a staycation that’s wallet-friendly and fun for the whole family, and return to work relaxed and recharged.
Cutting Cost With Cotton is one in a series of communications designed to help consumers in trying economic times get the most from their favorite fiber.
Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.