Q: I’m less focused on long-term vacation plans at the moment. My company just laid off half of our staff and taking time off is close to impossible. It looks like we’ll be sticking closer to home. How can I make sure summer vacation is still memorable for my family?

A:  You don’t need to take a big trip to have a memorable summer vacation. Gather the family and explain the situation. Together peruse local newspapers and regional magazines to find area attractions and special events of interest. Choose the activities everyone agrees would be fun to do and write each one on a separate piece of paper. Put the pieces of paper in a basket or bag and let everyone pick one. These are the “must do” items. Pull out the calendar and schedule so you can plan ahead to make these activities a special part of your summer fun.