Creating the Ultimate Staycation

With the economy forcing families to be more budget-aware, in addition to extremely-busy times, staycations have become an upward trend with Canadian families.  Staycations are when families stay and relax at home, potentially taking day trips – versus shelling out thousands-of-dollars to vacation abroad.  DIY expert, mom, and “frugalista” Leigh-Ann Allaire-Perrault stopped by to chat with about a few of her top staycation ideas!

Perrault’s Picks:

Urban scavenger hunt – Go on an urban scavenger hunt.  Allaire-Perrault recommends taking a few family city walking tours.  Whether you’re in Vancouver or Toronto, there is certainly no shortage of “funducational” (fun and educational) walking tours.

Christmas in July – Bring some holiday cheer to your summer!  A “Christmas in July” is a great way to get the kids in a good spirit.  A few ideas include indoor ice skating, baking a few batches of cookies, making frozen hot chocolate, and even singing a few Christmas carols!

Movie night under the stars – A perfect opportunity to get to know your neighbours.  Grab the kids on your street; hang up a white bedsheet, pull out the PJs, and catch a flick under the stars.  A great birthday party idea, too!

Go outside and visit local attractions –
Get to know your city.  Fun, local events happen all-year-round – many free as well – so it’s a good idea to make a list of indoor and outdoor attractions for both sunny and rainy days.

Have a backyard Luau –
A fun party idea.  Erect a few Tiki torches, lay down some flowers, cut up some fresh pineapple, and put on the hula skirts!  Have a backyard Luau with the neighbours – an ideal theme party for both children and adults!

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About Winston Sih

Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

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