If you are a NJ parent, your kids are probably off from school for Teacher’s Convention, right? For some, you are headed out on a mini vacation before the holiday season while others are struggling to keep boredom at a minimum.
I remember the days of being a single mom and feeing like there was just enough money to pay the bills so I can’t possibly think about traveling ANYWHERE, right? I always wanted “to do” things with my daughter besides those cheer travel trips BUT (I know I hate the word, too) everything seemed to cost money which I didn’t have.
Then I took some cues from a very wise friend who taught me so much. She and her kids were always doing something. We often tagged along. The BONUS was some girl time for me and our kids got to enjoy some fun.
First, you must realize you already live in abundance. Have you ever thought about the blessings you do have. Healthy kids. A job to pay the bills. Now think about the beauty of the sun rises every morning and the birds singing. We have roads to walk on, parks to spend time in and people around us to have interesting conversations with. Stop focusing on what you don’t have and focus on what you do have.Next, get creative. Start looking outside the box for alternative solutions. When was the last time you packed a snack and headed to the park with the kids. Live close to the beach, how about a walk on the beach to collect seashells or look for sea glass. There are ways to make even routine trips fun without spending money. How about a ride with no destination? Maybe you know but the kids don’t – pack a lunch and head to a new spot with a park or no cost activities.
If you were new to the neighborhood, where would you go to explore? The library? The park? A craft show? A flea market? Check your local paper for activities. The Fall is full of outdoor happenings – how about stopping by a local football game to cheer on the Pop Warner kids. How many people (other than parents) attend those games? Make it an adventure – tailgate. Dress in the local team’s colors, bring some food & drinks and have some fun.
Pack a lunch and head to the park – embrace the child in you while you have fun with the kids.
No kids around? How about window shopping? Remember when you were younger and had no money. Stop in your favorite store and try on some clothes you always wanted but would never buy. Have fun. Call a girlfriend and go for a walk.
Keep Looking on the Bright Side. Let’s be honest. Staying upbeat when you have little money isn’t easy. Seeing the bright side is a choice you make and a skill you can develop. You deserve to feel good no matter what the status of your bank account is. You deserve to have fun. You deserve to go places without spending money.
So, where will you head this weekend? Share with us your best NO COST travel tip.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!