Take a Staycation

Today is August 3, 2009, so today is a holiday in most provinces in Canada. From a money point of view, today is the least expensive holiday of the year, since you have no presents to buy, and no big meals to prepare. It’s a lazy holiday, spent sitting by the pool or the lake, or doing projects around the house.

If you don’t have a lot of money and can’t take a vacation, how can you still enjoy the holiday? Simple: instead of a vacation, take a “staycation”. Instead of travelling to a distant country, take a vacation in your own city. Visit tourist attractions in your area.

Ask yourself this question: if my relatives from another part of the world came for a visit, where would I take them? What local attractions would I like them to see? Write down a list of local activities, and you have the start of your “staycation”. Don’t try to be fancy. Do simple activities, like a long bicycle ride in an area you don’t normally visit, or go for a hike or a long walk. Visit the local swimming pool. Invite some friends over for a barbecue.

Vacations don’t have to be fancy or expensive. Save on gas, plane tickets and hotel rooms: take a staycation this year.

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