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''Staycation'' Ideas for Families

These days, travel budgets are tight for most families. Try one of these ideas for a "staycation," a way to have the fun of a vacation without the cost.

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Backyard Camping

Pitch a tent in your backyard for the ultimate getaway, without really going anywhere. Kids love the adventure of sleeping outdoors, while still having the security of knowing that home is right nearby. Plan a night of classic camping activities: build a fire, roast s'mores, and tell scary stories.

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