If you found yourself busy all summer, and didn’t get to take your dream vacation, it’s not too late! Forget stressful airports, cramped road trips or expensive hotels – try a “stay-cation” in the comfort of your own backyard! Create your own slice of vacation heaven with a few curated items from Big R. Here are a few tips and tricks to vacation in your backyard:
Are your vacations more on the adventurous side? Were you itching to pack up and set off for some time in the woods but just couldn’t slip away? Well it’s easy to quickly set up camp and connect with nature within the comfort of your backyard. Set up your favorite camping tent on dry ground, laying down a tarp if needed. Put out some lanterns to perfect the mood and light your way. Bonus: Try to find a light that also repels mosquitoes! Don’t forget to grab the marshmallows for roasting! Then gather around the campfire (with a fire pit that can assist with grilling) to tell ghost stories under a starry night. When the night air gets a little crisp, snuggle into your sleeping bag to be counting sheep in no time.
Go to the Beach
If you weren’t able to make it to a beach this summer, don’t fret. Instead, turn your backyard into a private beach! Keep the kids cool in your very own pool, which is easy to set up and take down once you’re finished. Don’t forget the sunscreen for the kiddos (and parents too!) After splashing in the pool, give the kids some fun projects and toys to play with outdoors. Forget sand volleyball, play it in the pool! They will be entertained for hours — just like if you had made the trip to the beach…without all the sand clean up!
Go to the Waterpark
Nothing is more fun than a day trip to the waterpark– think slides, refreshing water, and BBQ food. Create your very own waterpark at home in a few steps and skip the lines. Set up folding chairs, towels, and umbrellas around the pool for a VIP section to soak up the sun. Float in a “lazy river” in your own circle inflatable tube. No trip to the waterpark is complete without grilled food. Cook up enough burgers and hot dogs for the family and friends visiting your backyard waterpark on a 6 burner gas grill – no charge!
Go to a Resort
When you imagine spending a vacation at the resort, you think of two things: rest and relaxation. The best afternoon, vacation–induced naps take place in a hammock. Also, no resort trip has started until there is a drink in your hand. Make your favorite blended drinks or smoothies in a top quality high speed blender. Avoid any spilled drinks by planting a drink holder stake next to your hammock. Sit back, close your eyes, sip your drink and enjoy the final days of summer from a truly exclusive resort.
Spend the last dog days of summer enjoying the outdoors, family and friends before fall comes around. Skip the driving and the stress of traveling to far places by taking a mini-vacation in your own backyard. With just a few items from your local Big R store, you’ll be worlds away.