Canada Day just passed and summer’s here but budgets are tight and gas prices up, so it’s no surprise that 22% of Canadians are planning a staycation.

What is a staycation you ask? It’s a vacation spent at home or close to home. This may not sound very sexy but it’s a great way to relax without breaking the bank.

Staycation ideas for the summer

Take advantage of free attractions – Many attractions offer free entry on certain days or at certain times, so there’s no excuse to not check them out. Street festivals are free and fun for everyone, head out to one and enjoy the culture and cuisine.

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Eat something different – Whenever I travel food is always part of the experience but that’s something you can do during a staycation too. Book a table at the new hot restaurant everyone’s been talking about and enjoy the night out.

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Take a road trip – Yes gas prices are up but that shouldn’t stop you from taking a day trip. Pack a lunch, get in your car and explore what your home province has to offer.

Binge watch – I have to admit, binge watching tv is a guilty pleasure of mine and it’s a perfect thing to do when on staycation. Netflix starts at only $7.99 a month and they have great shows including House of Cards, Arrested Development, and Orange is The New Black.

Rent a powerboat – Did you know you don’t require a boating license to operate a powerboat? All you need is a drivers license. Of course you can’t just dock anywhere but what a fun way to do something different.

Catch a sporting event – Watching a sporting event live is much more exciting than watching it on tv. Yes you’ll have to pay for overpriced snacks but that’s all part of the experience.

Explore the great outdoors – Go for a hike in the forest or go explore the local conservation area and get in touch with nature. If you have kids, pitch a tent in the backyard and enjoy a night under the stars.

Make a movie – A great way to get the entire family involved is by making a movie. Cameras are on every cell phone and editing software like iMovie is free and easy to use.  Once your masterpiece is edited, have a family film festival.

Have a potluck – Gather some friends or have one with just the family, a pot luck is a great way to get involved.  This is also the perfect opportunity to try out one of those new recipes that you’ve been putting aside.

Staycations are a budget friendly way to enjoy your time off with your family.  Let me know what activities you’re up to this summer.

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