A kayaker floats behind a pleasure boat moored along the Allegheny River on the first day of the annual Three Rivers Regatta, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A kayaker floats behind a pleasure boat moored along the Allegheny River on the first day of the annual Three Rivers Regatta, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Americans had planned to spend an average of $1,621 on their vacations last summer, according to an Allianz Global Assistance USA survey. That was down from $1,895 the previous year, as 40 percent of millennials planned to spend less than $400 on summer travel. One of the easiest ways to trim your travel spending is through a stay-at-home vacation, or staycation. You can find great ways to enjoy some time off without ever leaving home. Not sure how to find the fun in staying put? These tips from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants can help you make the most of sticking around.

Focus on the experience

The key to an enjoyable staycation is understanding that it is the experience, and not the trip itself, that can create lasting memories. For most people, the true benefit of a vacation is not the journey but the joy of sharing time with family or setting off on a new adventure. Before planning an elaborate trip, think about what you really hope to gain from it. You may find that you can have everything you want while staying right where you are. Gather family together to plan local activities you can all enjoy together. Or investigate adventures in your own area that you may have been missing.

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