Summer vacations can get pricey, especially if you’re taking the whole family or splurging on airfare, a nice destination, or expensive lodging.
If you have the vacation bug but not the budget, IKO Community Management has a few ways that you can get away in your own HOA community this summer.
Participate in HOA community events. Most HOA communities have an event calendar online or in their newsletter, but a lot of residents skip over it for another night in. Research events going on in your town to get away without going too far.
From craft shows and Fourth of July parties to farmer’s markets and garage sales, these HOA community events give you the opportunity to create new traditions with your family while saving money on gas, lodging, and transportation.
Prepare for guests. Is Maryland just a destination of crabs and Old Bay? Is D.C. only for political attractions? What's there to do in Virginia?
Now’s your chance to show non-locals what your state is really made of. Indulge in a staycation with out-of-town guests by taking them to local tourist attractions and delicious restaurants to flaunt your hometown.
Celebrate weird holidays. If you’re looking for something to celebrate, check out these summer days that make an ordinary day like a little vacation:
- The Great American Campout. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) hosts this annual event to connect people with nature and wildlife. The NWF will donate 5,000 native trees to its Trees for Wildlife™ program if their goal of 200,000 campers is reached. To participate, take the pledge online, grab a tent, and spend some quality time in your own backyard.
- Hop A Park Day. Visit a local or national park on the first Saturday of July to celebrate this outdoor trend. Go hiking, host a barbecue, pitch a volleyball net, or have a picnic – just as long as you're in the summer sun, celebrating parks and playgrounds.
- National Slurpee Day. This annual social media “holiday” is everyone's favorite. To celebrate 7-Eleven’s birthday, the company allows its customers to fill up their own containers with the beloved Slurpee from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 11.
Known as #BYOCupDay on Twitter and Instagram, people use gallon jugs, teakettles, fish bowls, and other vessels. Make sure your Slurpee vessel is sanitary, non-porous, and less than 10 inches in diameter to enjoy a $1.49 Slurpee.
- National Zoo Keeper Week: According to the American Association of Zoo Keepers, National Zoo Keeper Week is July 15 to 21, 2018. If you’re in Maryland or D.C., take your family to the National Zoo, Maryland Zoo, National Aquarium, or Catoctin Wildlife Preserve to promote the professionalism and humanity of more than 6,000 animal caretakers across the country.
- National Mutt Day. Celebrated on July 31, National Mutt Day was created by celebrity pet expert Colleen Paige to raise awareness for mixed breed dogs around the nation. Her goal is to save 10,000 “mutts” by this date.
To do your part, visit your HOA community dog park, volunteer at your local animal shelter, or send a donation to your favorite rescue. Purchase a T-shirt, mug, or cotton bag from Paige and share your mutt’s story on their Facebook to show your support.
From visiting a dog park and camping in your own backyard to going to a local garage sale or touring local attractions, a staycation is a great solution for many families.
If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., download IKO Community Management’s guide, The Art of Vacationing In (And Out Of) Your Community, by clicking on the button below: