Take a vacation near your budget

I just received the preliminary results of a survey we conducted last month about how consumers are handling the economic downturn.  When asked what the most extreme sacrifice they would make if the downturn continues, 22% said they would forgo their vacation plans.   While the number seems significant in and of itself, it might not paint the whole picture.  After all, this is 22% of consumers who planned to vacation in the first place.

According to the Conference Board, only 40% of consumers plan to take a vacation within the next six months; this is a 28-year low.  A recent USA Today/Gallup Poll also supports the theory that changes in the economy are impacting many American’s vacation plans. One-third of survey respondents said they are changing summer vacation plans because of higher gas prices.  Of those changing plans, 37% said they would reduce the number of trips normally taken and 26% said they're canceling plans or simply can't afford to vacation.

Before you give up on your dreams of a family vacation, consider taking a staycation.  There are a ton of online articles offering ideas for vacationing near home; following are links to some my favorites.

Ideas for Cheap Vacations In Your Home Town
The Joy of the Staycation

Get away on vacation — at home
10 At Home Vacation Ideas.

If you have staycation ideas or stories, please share them through the comments section.

Kim McGrigg is the former Manager of Community and Media Relations for MMI.