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Enjoy Summer and Save Money: Take A ‘Staycation’

By Senator Patty Ritchie
These days, everyone is trying to spend less and save more.  It’s a challenge that can be especially difficult during the summer—when all anyone wants to do is take advantage of the nice weather, have fun and get away.

Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of exciting things to do right in our backyard.  You’ve probably heard the buzzword before: “staycation.” What is a staycation?  It’s defined as a vacation when one takes time off and does things at or close to home.

New numbers show staycations are becoming more popular.  In fact, a recent survey showed that 24 percent of American workers are considering vacationing close to home this year to save money.  Another 11 percent say they will definitely be taking a staycation this summer.

From boating on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, or one of the dozens of lakes and waterways across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, to visiting a state park, or taking in the beauty of Adirondacks, there are plenty of options for people who want to stay close to home and save money.

Plus, staycations not only help keep more money in your pocket, they help our state’s tourism industry too, a win-win for all!

One of the best resources for planning your next staycation is ILoveNY.com, our state’s official tourism website.

There you can:

Access travel guides
Search trips by region
Research places to stay
Find special deals and discounts
Learn more about our great state

Whether you like the hustle and bustle of New York City or the peacefulness of a quiet lake, New York has something for everyone when it comes to travel.

So think about “getting away” this summer by staying put.

I guarantee you’ll have fun, save some cash and help boost our state’s economy too!