Can't Afford a Vacation? Staycations and Few Places to Check Out on Your Next Staycation

Friday, August 17, 2018

Financial Fitness is theme of the year, so saving money where we can and how we can is what we have been focusing on. Summers usually mean traveling, but if you cant afford to travel, or hate flying,  staycations are a way to go. A staycation is a trip away from home, but still in your city or somewhere close by. This way you get a change of scenery, opportunity to relax and all without breaking the bank.

Start with a budget.  Like anything else, you want to start with what you wanna spend.

Research and plan. What kind of experience are you looking for?
Are you looking for lake or pool getaway? A weekend food tour? Camping? There are so many possibilities. Check out must see and do on blogs, trip advisor and social media.
Know your options. Hotels are not the options, car rentals are not the only options. Based on type of experience you are looking for check into air B&B, home rentals, B&B's - maybe you get a POGO, use Uber - it all depends on the experience you want.  
Activities. Plan your activates ahead of time, check groupon for things happening in the city.

Try new things. Do at least one thing you haven't done before - maybe eat at a new place, hike that new trail, try golf. Whatever it is, try something new while on staycation.

Leave time to wander. I am a planner but its important to leave yourself time to hang out, do nothing or just wander.

Disconnect. Use your staycation to unplug from social media, from work, from your e-mails.

Living in Alberta we are so fortunate to have so many beautiful and scenic paces to visit, all within few hours drive, here are five spots to add to your next trip:

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Banff - Stay at Rundlestone Lodge or the Fairmont Spring if you are feeling fancy. Take the hop on hop off bus, visit Lake Louise and relax at Banff hot spring. Eat at Balkan Restaurant  and stop by the Beaver Bar.  

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Head out to Harrison Hot Springs Resort for some tranquility and quiet or dance the night away because here you can do both.

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Jasper - Stay at Whistler Inn (their roof top hot tub is AMAZING), take the Jasper Tram, hike the Maligne Lake trail, and eat at Patrica's Street Deli. 

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Relax and unplug at Ainsworth Hot Springs. Yes, 10 hour drive from #YEG but its worth it.

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Spend the weekend at Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park  exploring, relaxing and full out chilling. 

Have you been on a staycation?