A staycation need not be boring. It's not just about sleeping in and lazing about (although definitely include some extra R&R!). To make the most of your time off, approach a staycation with the same level of planning you would for a vacation elsewhere. Here are some ideas on how to fill your time.
If eating at new places is always a key part of your agenda on vacation, why not do the same on a staycation? If less expense is the reason you've opted for a staycation, consider trying these restaurants at lunch rather than dinner so you don't blow your budget. You'll often have some of the same choices available on the dinner menu -- and even if not, you'll still enjoy the same ambiance, service and level of cuisine.
Chances are you haven't stayed in many hotels in your own city. If you've got a week off, book one night at a hotel you've heard good things about. Choose to stay in the middle of the week and you may get a cheaper rate.
It may be tempting to fill all your time crossing things off your to-do list, but then your staycation will rapidly become a tiring nocation. A few errands are likely inevitable, but resist the urge to do too many.
If you've never had out-of-town guests to entertain, you may have never hit the tourist attractions that your city is known for. Explore your city with the eyes of a tourist. Visit the CN Tower if you're in Toronto, or Old Montreal if you're in Montreal. And don't forget all those museums you never seem to get to otherwise.
Head to a neighbourhood you've never explored and do a walking tour. Or, if you're a reluctant staycationer and are really dreaming about somewhere else, seek out spots reminiscent of that place. Enjoy a cafe au lait at a charming French cafe if you've been wanting to visit Paris, or the to-die-for mojitos at that Cuban restaurant if Havana is where you'd hoped to vacation.
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