COVID-19 has changed how we think about travel. Vacationers are sticking close to home and putting a pin in international travel for now. That’s why a “staycation” is such a great idea—it lets you enjoy some time to yourself without the hassle of crossing farther distances.
But what exactly does a 2021 staycation look like and how can you make the best of it this year? First, let’s cover some basics.
What is the difference between vacation and staycation?
Vacation means you are traveling abroad, maybe taking a cruise or staying at a resort. A staycation means you are closer to home, maybe exploring attractions in your own city or taking a quick road trip to a neighbouring community for a long weekend.
Why is #Staycation popular this year?
Thanks to the Coronavirus, people are wary about unnecessary travel this year. That’s why staycations are becoming more popular. Not to mention they are often cheaper, less of a time commitment, and much easier to plan.
How can I spend my staycation in B.C.?
Considering a staycation this month? Here are some fun staycation ideas that you can try.
Staycation at Home
You don’t even need to leave your house for some of the best staycations. Here are a few things you can try:
- Do a spa night with a face mask, long bath, nail treatment, and anything else you can think of
- Enjoy some summer-themed cocktails with a partner and order takeout
- Buy a cheap projector and watch films set in your dream destinations around the world
- Treat yourself to a home-visit masseuse, if there are any ones in your area
- Give yourself a whole “day off” to just lounge at home with no responsibilities
Staycation in Town
A staycation can also mean exploring your own backyard in ways you hadn’t thought to do before. Here are some ways you can do so:
- Go out for a fancy dinner somewhere you have never tried before
- Take a day trip to an outdoor market and sample new, local foods
- Check out a tourist “hotspot” in your city that you’ve never visited before
- Go for a walk in a park or hiking trail that you’ve never been to before
- Stay overnight in an Airbnb just to get away from home life for a night
Staycation Quick Trip
Sometimes a staycation means taking “stay” lightly. Traveling to a neighbouring town or city can be a safe faux-vacation idea this year:
- Book a cabin or yurt somewhere a few hours away from home for some new scenery
- Visit a friend or family member in another city within the province
- Go skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing for a long weekend
- Stay overnight in an Airbnb the next town over to get away from it all
- Plan a road trip somewhere scenic, stay the night somewhere fun, and then try a new route back home
Thinking about booking something this spring or summer? See what we have to offer in the Okanagan area at La Casa Cottage Resort. And if you’re already a local, might we suggest a #staycation?