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To Staycation or To Go

What are your best staycation ideas?

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With the economic realities during the past several years, many families have opted for taking “staycations,” rather than shelling out the money for airfare for a destination vacation. A staycation is a period of time in which people vacation either at home or close to home, for example taking day trips to area attractions, visiting parks and museums, or attending local fairs and festivals. Staycations have been growing in popularity with families throughout the United States since 2007. The term “staycation” was also added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in 2009.

In addition, the soaring cost of oil continues to lead to skyrocketing gasoline prices. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.76. San Francisco is currently seeing the highest gasoline prices in the United States, reaching $4.22 per gallon. Although Massachusetts is slightly below the national average at $3.63 per gallon, the cost is far from “a good deal” here in the bay state. Thus, even a staycation including day trips closer to home can become costly.

The April vacation break for Shrewsbury schools is just around the corner, Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22. Do you have any creative and affordable ideas for a staycation during the upcoming April vacation break?

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