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11 Reasons to start your family travel in your own backyard

Reconnect with a family staycation

Crysta’s daughter explores the McKenzie County Heritage Park in Watford City, ND

It is so easy to get caught up in the insanity that is day-to-day life with kids and think you need a full-fledged getaway to reconnect and rest. While a week on beach does sound pretty amazing right now, there are a lot of benefits to sticking close to home for a little staycation and starting out with some travel in your own backyard.

  1. Just because you’re counting pennies, doesn’t mean you have to count out travel! Sticking close to home is more affordable, and a helps you stick to that budget.
  2. A visit to Cooks on Main in Williston, ND

    Becoming a traveler in your own backyard opens you up to experience your community in new ways. Think like a tourist! Drop by the CVB for brochures, check Google for ideas with search terms like “visit” and “attractions,” or hit Instagram and see what people are sharing.

  3. Exploring your own backyard fosters a curiosity for the world – around you and beyond.
  4. There are local museums everywhere, and they are filled with artifacts and history about your area you probably have zero idea about. Just wait until you hear yourself say, “Oh! I always wondered why that was there!”
  5. And it isn’t just museums. When is the last time you took the time to explore downtown – either in your community or a neighboring one? You may be surprised by all the cool finds you make when you have nowhere else to be.
  6. Travel by day, sleep in your own bed by night. Or if you aren’t all that attached your bed, try a tent in the backyard or a local park, or check out that little bed and breakfast around the way for a little extra pampering.
  7. You get to relax without all the buildup. No packing lists, dragging the suitcases out of the basement, or stressing about what you might have forgotten. Just take a vacation day, sleep in (not too much) and grab the car keys.
  8. No one will say, “Daaaaaad! Are we there yet?!”
  9. That restaurant your co-workers have been talking about is as good as they say. Maybe even better. And there are others, too. Maybe you can even challenge yourself and organize your own private food tour to try out the local fare.
  10. The local farmer’s market rocks, too, and even if you’ve been there, you’ve probably never really taken the time to fully check it out. Have some conversations. Chat up the locals. You’re sure to learn something new.
  11. It’s great practice, and may just feed the flame that leads to your big trip. Now that you know the kids are up for adventure, who knows where you’ll go next?
A climb to Crows Fly High Butte in New Town, ND


Have you taken the time to explore your own backyard? What was your favorite part? Comment below or shoot me a message, I’d love to hear!

Written by Crysta Parkinson

Crysta Parkinson

Crysta Parkinson lives with her husband and nine-year-old daughter, Bria, in Williston. They have a big “his, hers, and ours” family, with five of their six children now grown and off exploring the world on their own. Crysta is a freelance writer, social media manager, and blogger. She can be found online at and and her travel blog,

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