As summer vacation approached, my kids started to come home from school with stories of exotic vacations that their friends soon would be enjoying: France, Italy, South Korea, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, and even Orlando to see the new Hogwarts Castle at the Harry Potter Theme Park. It was no great surprise to our children that we had no such plans. We had been on a tight budget for a while and that was not changing anytime soon. But they claimed they just wanted to relax and sleep in.
But I knew from past experience that after about a day of relaxing, I would start to hear grumbling about how they had “nothing to do” this summer. So, to prevent that from happening, I announced we were going to have an “L.A. Staycation.”
The fact that people from all over the world come to vacation in Los Angeles was lost on them. But I would not be deterred. “Listen, I got $100 dollars out of the bank. Let’s do all the tourist things we never do. But forget theme parks because we can’t afford them.”