Sunday, May 15, 2011

Statecation: Put Your Tax Dollars to Work While You Play

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Originally published at The Chicago Moms Blog.

A trip out to Galena (disclosure: I helped arrange it) got me pondering the benefits of a statecation. That is, a trip within your home state. Think about it, a statecation is more exciting than a home-based staycation. You can likely drive there on less than a tank of gas. You won't have to worry about things like cramped airplanes or flight delays and you may even pick up a few facts about what makes your state so great.

For example, until I visited Galena a few years ago, I wasn't aware of what a thriving and important city (14,000 residents in the mid 1800s!) it was back in the day.

Beyond history and education, a statecation provides the crucial benefit of putting your vacation dollars to work while you play. We often hear about how spending money is patriotic in that it keeps our economy going. I don't know about your family, but in my family, the money flows a little more loosely on vacation than it does at home.

Why not use that money to help Illinois? We may have a reputations as a blue state, but when it comes to our budget, we are in deeply in the red.

Ride the hills and winding country roads of Galena, hike the forests of southern Illinois and then reward yourself with a trip on the Shawnee Hills wine trail, pose with Superman in Metropolis, head to Springfield for the Lincoln Museum, or check out the Skydeck Ledge at Willis Tower.

Summer is almost here; start planning your statecation now!

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