I have been travelling a lot over the last few months. 7-10 day trips in 3 different countries since January! Although I continue to want to take extended trips around the globe, I have been frequenting staycations for a few reasons:
- Its more cost and time effective.
- I can reset and relax by taking a break from my usual routine for a few days.
- Its easier for me to get back on track with my fitness / life routine.
- I get to be a tourist in my backyard, which opens up a world of opportunity that is close to home!
For those of you that don’t know, a staycation is a mini-vacation close to home, or close in travel time. Its a great alternative if you don’t have a lot of time off, or a lot of disposable income. These are the two most common obstacles that stop people from taking a vacation in the first place!
1. DECIDE ON A BUDGET.
First you have to decide what you are willing to spend. I hate to be captain obvious, but what you can spend will dictate the duration and/or type of staycation you achieve.
2. DECIDE WHAT YOU NEED OUT OF YOUR STAYCATION.
Given my current life state, I am frequently choosing staycations that offer a great deal of mind-off activities, a connection to nature and relaxation. That being said, if you need to amp up the energy, perhaps you want an action packed weekend. Here are some possible options:
- Rest and relaxation.
- Food adventures.
- Nightlife and entertainment packed.
- Physically active.
- Nature oriented.
- Share a staycation with friends.
3. PICK A SPOT THAT SUITS YOUR NEEDS.
Once you know how much money you have to spend, and you have decided they type of staycation you want, its time to find the perfect place! Google search is your friend people. It could be a place right down the street, or somewhere a 3 hour drive away, so be creative with your searches.
Cost effective ideas:
- Book at night at local hotel. Look for specials. Hotels will often have packages that include food, spa or other complimentary items. If specials aren’t available, you can order room service, have a bubble bath in the soaker tub and watch Netflix. Its only 1 night, but its a great way to get out of your normal routine.
- Consider travelling from Sunday to Friday (if you can get a few days off work.) A lot of times accommodation is cheaper if not booked on a weekend, or holiday.
- Camping. As long as you have all the things, and don’t mind a little prep, camping is a great way to shake things up.
- Rent a cabin at the lake with friends. Share the cost of accommodation! Bring your own food, drinks, games and music!
- If there are places you like going, or activities you like partaking in. Look for annual pass opportunities.
4. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.
Ok, so you want the real scoop on making your staycation feel like you are on vacation? Find a place you’ve never been to and add activities you wouldn’t normally do. There is something to be said for stepping outside your comfort zone, it creates excitement, adventure and memorable experiences. Its why we go on vacation.
5. SOME OF MY FAVOURITE STAYCATION LOCATIONS.
I am so spoiled living in Vancouver. As an active person, there is so much to do in the mountains, parks and trails! There are lakes, great camping and gorgeous hotels right at my finger tips!
Here are a couple of my favourites:
If you enjoy skiing, snowboarding and mountain oriented activities, Whistler is a MUST. At least once in your life! Vail Resorts released the Epic Pass for the 2018/19 season which gives you access to 64 resorts world wide. (Whistler unlimited) for $899 (until April 15, 2018.) This is a great way to save money, and take mini-staycations throughout the winter season. There’s heaps of things to do in Whistler Village too!
This gem is not too far from home, and I always love a good hot springs to help detox and relax. Its a small town with a quaint boardwalk that over looks a beautiful lake / mountain terrain. 2-3 days is all I need in this beautiful place to feel AMAZING.
A stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel starts at $129 and has amazing staycation packages. They also have a private mineral pools that are available to guests if you don’t want to go to the public hot springs.