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How Do You Do a Staycation?

Is it a staycation? A sickcation? Or, perhaps, a stay-at-home vacation because of minor illness or injury?

Going on “holidays” while staying at home is becoming increasingly popular. It’s estimated that one in six Americans are spending their time off by staying inside the comfort of their own homes. This is not just for those who are unable to afford a trip. A staycation, as it’s been coined by some, can be done simply because one wants to or feels the need to recharge.

Staycations have been given a variety of labels over the years: sickcation, pitycation and plain old slothcation being some of the most common. A staycation is an especially good option if your travel budget has been exhausted with trips to see family members,  travel for work or jet-set across the globe to exotic destinations.

There are many ways to go on a staycation and even more reasons people do it: •    To save money;

•    To avoid large crowds (and children);

•    To take time to relax at home; and,

•    To try something new. 

The world is your oyster when deciding how you want to spend your staycation! There are many options: do a cross-country road trip, visit local attractions and shop for souvenirs, go camping in the backyard, have a day of pampering and self-care, or visit new restaurants within your city.

Everyone wants to get away at some point in their lives for a little while, but the reality is that sometimes getting away from it all can be costly and time-consuming. Plus, with all the travel advisories being issued across Canada and the United States, it’s becoming dangerous to travel. So why not stay home and save some money?

Staying put doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or relax. Do your research before you book anything so that your trip will be memorable. There are many ways to spend your time doing something new at home this summer! 

If you are looking for some suggestions for your staycation, here are some ideas to help you plan: 

•    Take a cooking course at the local college;

•    Exercise with an at-home workout video;

•    Volunteer in the community;

•    Explore nature walks or trails near where you live;  and,

•    Host a movie marathon.

There are many benefits to staying home during your time off. It will give you a chance to get outside of your comfort zone, be creative, try something new and see what’s right in your own backyard. A staycation is also an affordable way to travel the world while still enjoying the comforts of home. That being said, there are some precautions to take when you’re planning your staycation. Make sure that your work schedule is clear, turn off your social media notifications and prepare yourself for an influx of boredom (we know it sounds crazy, but trust us on this one).