We have endured a recession, which the experts tells us is over, but does not feel like it is over, a stock market which resembles a child playing with a yo-yo and continuing high levels of unemployment. If there has ever been a time when a vacation has deserved it is now…right? In our continuing quest to save you money, while helping you build a strong financial future let us give you an education about the “staycation”. The problem with vacations is the majority of them are fi nanced partially if not in whole with the not so amazing credit card. A year later the vacation is just a memory, but you are still paying the cost along with 18% interest every time the monthly credit card bill arrives. Vacations can kill your fi nancial dreams if you do not plan for them properly. However, it is possible for you and your family to enjoy amazing experiences making memories that last a lifetime, but won’t destroy your bank account. Over the last couple of years the term “staycation” has crept into our financial vocabulary. A staycation allows you to escape normal life, while not having to increase the amount of debt you currently carry. The term staycation simply means staying home and exploring what your immediate area has to offer. We tend to get so busy with our everyday lives that we overlook all of the unique and awesome experiences that are located in our own backyard. A staycation can last for a day or a week with almost limitless possibilities. We are blessed to live in an extremely beautiful area where many others actually come to spend their vacations so why not take advantage of it. If you are looking for a day trip, opportunities such as free admission days at the Washington State History Museum and Museum of Glass provide you and your family with fun learning experiences that will not be forgotten. If you want to walk on the wild side try a visit to Wolf Haven, Northwest Trek or one of several fascinating zoos, which are in the area. Within an hour or two drive you can spend time at Ocean Shores or ride bikes on one of many islands that the ferry provides service to. Take a day to spend time hiking at Mount Rainier or exploring Snoqualmie Falls. If you want to spend more time away from home check out some of the awesome national forests and amazing camp sites our area has to offer. Camping provides you and your family with a fun and inexpensive alternative to costly hotels and who does not like evening fires and toasted marshmallows! The possibilities for how you and your family spend your staycation are varied and endless. Remember that we live in one of the most diverse areas in the world and many of us have barely scratched the surface of all it has to offer. Visit our blog and let us know your idea for a staycation so that you may share it with others. There are numerous ways to make bad fi nancial decisions. Fortunately, there are just as many opportunities to make good ones. Incorporate the staycation into your life and begin reaping the fi nancial and personal rewards!
CHAD AND ROBYN LINK, Owners/Relators/ Designated Broker
Link Real Estate Group 975 Carpenter Road NE Suite 101 Lacey, WA • 360.464.5601