Plan a Merry Nearcation
Plan a Merry Nearcation

By: Jane Kastner

With Yuletide just around the corner, is the season to be merry, so don’t let the economic downturn put a damper on your family’s holiday spirits and plans. If you have been searching for a low-budget quick getaway for your family and are finding yourself stumped, look no further. Why not plan a nearcation instead?

A nearcation is that wonderful middle ground between the staycation (staying at home), and a full blown vacation jaunt at some far flung place. While an exotic locale may sound tempting, after the Christmas binge, the wallet may not permit this. So why not visit destinations close to home? Even scenic Amelia Island residents need to go away on vacation, and a quick camping or RVing trip is a great eco and budget friendly holiday for you and your family.

Amelia Island is a perfect place to start. Did you know that there are 20 campgrounds and RV parks within a 50 mile radius? Within one or two hours of leisurely driving, you have a grand selection of places to go, things to do and campgrounds to stay. Willing to venture a little further out of town? Within 100 miles there are over 70 campgrounds and RV parks to entertain the family, and best of all, you can even get there with one tank of gas!

Nearcationers have plenty of options available to them. From exploring an abandoned old fort at Fort Clinch State Park to kayaking by the tidal creek at Little Talbot Island State Park, or even riding a bike around Jekyll Island, there is no shortage of activities to pick from.

Camping promotes family bonding time, encourages physical activities and allows you to connect with nature and the outdoors. What’s more, you can do all this without breaking the bank! You can choose to rough it and camp out in the traditional tent camp. Or you can carry your comforts with you in an RV or rent a cabin for the weekend. Whatever your camping style is, your family is guaranteed to have a fun, low-cost holiday.

For a list of all the campgrounds and RV parks located within a 50 or 100 mile radius of Amelia Island, you can run a Smart Search on a camping and RV travel website and directory of over 10,000 U.S. campgrounds and RV parks.

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