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Staycation Ideas: Five Days of Fun!

Updated on February 7, 2018
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Sharon is a human resources manager with a passion for reading and research and hanging out in her own backyard.

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Staycation: The Stay at Home Vacation

Vacations cost money, lots of money. In order to get to your intended vacation destination you spend a lot of your valuable relaxation time traveling - driving or catching trains, planes or buses. Not a lot of fun.

And the packing! All that packing combined with the stress that you may have forgotten something, ugh! So why not take a vacation in your own neck of the woods? That's right, stay in your own backyard! Well not literally (unless you want to of course!) but figuratively.

Look at it this way, many people hop in those cars and book those trains, planes and buses to get to where you are, yes? no? or at least get to a place close to where you are. Maybe? Think about it - what is around you that might be fun and something that you have never done?

Staycations can save you loads of money not to mention the stress and aggravation of travel. So lets look at some ideas to make your staycation a total success.

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Stuff to Do on Our Staycation

Five days of fun.......

Day 1 - Local attraction, okay where have we never gone?

Day 2 - Let's get outdoors - Conservation area, park?

Day 3 - Let's try something totally new!

Day 4 - Picking fresh produce at the farm sounds like a charm.

Day 5 - Luxury time

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Staycation Day 1: Visit a Local Attraction

I live in the Greater Toronto Area and one major attraction there is the CN Tower, at one time the World's tallest Freestanding Structure, (now that's a mouthful). I'm not sure that it is anymore, but it certainly remains an attraction.

The CN Tower was built in 1972 and I visited in 2002! Yup, 30 years later. Granted I was a child when it was built but I have lived here all my life and I have friends who didn't live in this province or this country for that matter who had been to the top of the tower before me.

Over the years I got some strange looks when I said I had never been there. Oh yes, I saw it everyday, it was there alright, but I had never entered it until that day in 2002 when I finally took my own kids there.

Is there an attraction like this in your area or nearby? Somewhere you have always meant to go but never got around to it because you were so busy planning to go somewhere else? What is your CN Tower?

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Staycation Day 2: Visit a Conservation Area

Plan a day at a conservation area, or park. Very inexpensive way to spend a day and lots to do. Plan a picnic, set up your stuff at a picnic table and enjoy what the area has to offer. Hiking is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy nature.

Many conservation areas contain other interesting events to keep the kids engaged. For example, one favourite in our area is the Mountsberg Conservation Area just northwest of Toronto. It contains a Raptor centre, not the dinosaurs or the basketball team, but birds of prey.

This centre rescues hawks, owls, falcons, vultures, eagles and the like. These birds have been injured and the centre is equipped to nurse them back to health. The birds are on display in a natural setting in a wooded area and there is a show twice per day to educate the public on raptors and display their aerial feats!

Conservation areas often have hiking trails, picnic areas and children's playgrounds. Great day out for the family.

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Staycation Day 3: Try Something Totally Different!

Choose an activity that you have never done before. Maybe you have never gone ice skating, or camping, or rollerblading or Go Karts!

Whatever it is the sky is the limit. I remember the most fun I had on a weekend away was when we decided to try horsebacking riding. I had NEVER been on a horse. There was a farm in the area that offered guided trail rides. After a quick lesson in the corral off we went into the woods. I have to admit I was nervous and didn't realize horses were so high off the ground, yikes! It made for a day of great fun and laughter that we will never forget.

There are so many things out there, go beyond your comfort zone and surprise yourself. There must be something that you have always wanted to do but have never had the time for. Hey, go get that bucket list now!

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Staycation Day 4: Fresh Fruit (or Veggies) Anyone?

A great day trip for your staycation is picking fruit fresh from the farm. Depending on when you take your staycation there should be some kind of produce in season for you to pick at a local farm.

Apples and strawberries are the most popular items to pick during the summer months but there is a wealth of fruit and vegetables available for picking. To find these farms anywhere in the world take a look at this website. It contains a wealth of information on locations, when the fruit is in season and when it is ready to pick. It also has great recipe ideas for your freshly picked fruit! Just click here.

A note of caution, be prepared for the weather when picking fruit or veggies. I know that hot sunny days and strawberry picking equals lots of sunscreen and a big sun hat or your day of fun may turn into a day of heat stroke! Bring your water, and rest when needed.

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Staycation Day 5: Let's Wrap it up with Some Luxury!

Who doesn't love being pampered in a luxury hotel? I know, I know - the purpose of a staycation is to save some bucks but one night at luxury hotel can be fairly inexpensive. Often large luxury hotels offer specials for short stays particularly over the weekends. Who needs a long stay when you can experience all the hotel has to offer in one day.

Hotels are mainly a place to sleep while you go out and enjoy other activities right? Make the hotel your vacation, use all their facilities, the pool, sauna, games room, bar with happy hour and the hotel restaurants. Not to mention the room features, jacuzzi tub, room service, that little fridge with all the goodies in it! Indulge, just for one night.

The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto is one of those downtown luxury hotels that provides all those amenities to spoil you. I stayed there with my hubby for just a night and it was a very relaxing experience, I certainly felt pampered and enjoyed the ambiance. A luxurious escape, even if only for one night, is wonderfully rejuvenating.

This escape doesn't have to be a couples thing either. My children love staying in hotels and especially enjoy the pool. Playing for hours on end in the pool area and then off to eat in the restaurant just down the hall keeps the kiddies occupied and happy. Top it off with an in suite movie and you've had a great day!

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      When we lived in England my wife and I would do a `staycation' in the summer, putting the kids in camp and going into London to enjoy the sites ourselves. Those were wonderful days...

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      suzy-t 

      6 years ago

      I see people visiting my local area all the time enjoying local attractions I overlook all the time. It's a great idea to stop and look around your local area next time you need some time "away"...

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      CottageHomestead 

      6 years ago

      This is a really great lens, wonderful ideas!

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      clayva 

      6 years ago

      Staycations are a great way to get to know your area better. There's always something new to do or some event going on. And you'll probably meet people you know! Cost effective fun for family too.

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      Wanda Fitzgerald 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love staycations. I'm having a lot of them lately!

    • DecoratingEvents profile image

      DecoratingEvents 

      6 years ago

      Excellent ideas for a staycation!

    • Hypersapien2 profile image

      Hypersapien2 

      6 years ago from U.S.

      I love staycations, and these are awesome suggestions.

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      Mauhro 

      6 years ago

      that's a great idea. I think i will have a staycation soon. there are always some hidden spots in your own home country :) Thanks for sharing.

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      John Tannahill 

      6 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I've always been lucky enough to live in area people come to for holidays (vacations if you must) Warwickshire, London, Norfolk UK. I know what you mean about not seeing the attractions. Seeing them everyday means they'll be there tomorrow, so there's no hurry. Time passes etc. But the whole staycation idea has changed that - a bit. I like to go to the beach - it's not palm trees here but we have seals.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wonderful staycation ideas! I love the luxury hotel stay idea. It can be so much fun exploring the hotel has to offer and staying in the hotel with all the lovely perks.

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      IMKZRNU2 

      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Our family has done staycations for many years now. It is amazing how many things there are to do locally that even the locals don't realize are there.

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      rallo-smith 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas!

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      MissionBoundCre 

      6 years ago

      I think I need the luxuary hotel in the beginning and again at the end of the Staycation...

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I'm trying to think of one totally different thing in our area that we could do. I'm sure there are lots of things, but I tend to get stuck in a rut. I can think of things for your other ideas, though, any of which would make a wonderful staycation!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lots of great ideas here. We have spent a week showing our grandchildren around the town...now that they are back home maybe we'll try your luxury idea to recover :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      Very well done lens and great ideas. I like the luxury one, haven't tried that yet.

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      Harriet 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      Lots to do in your area. Nice ideas in general for fun staycations.

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