How to Enjoy the Perfect “Staycation”

“Life is too important to be taken seriously”

-Oscar Wilde

Over the past couple of years I’ve developed a new-found obsession with travelling. There’s just one, slight problem… vacation’s can be INSANELY expensive! Wanting to travel but not having the budget for it can be incredibly frustrating & a total downer; especially when it seems as though your Instagram feed has recently evolved into an indefinite tourist ad for Thailand/Australia/Europe… hashtag major case of wanderlust!!! But I DO have a solution, why not vacation in your own city?! People from all over the world travel to YOUR city, so why not do the same & take advantage of the beautiful area that YOU live in! Below I’ve listed some tips on how to enjoy a “Staycation” in your very own home, just in time for Labour Day Weekend!

“Staycation” Tips

This coming weekend, take a day or two to relax, unplug, & enjoy your own surroundings. Pick a “travel buddy” & try out some of the below….

1. Eat

In my opinion, eating = the very best part of any vacation… trying new, exotic flavours is absolute heaven! During your “Staycation”, try out new recipes & make an evening out of creating a fabulous meal! For me personally, cooking can be so incredibly cathartic & relaxing! Light some candles, turn on some beachy tunes, & enjoy! Here’s some recipe ideas that are perfect for an evening or day at home…

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This is like enjoying your very own, at home gourmet meal! Bonus because it’s also gluten-free! click here for the recipe!

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Beach inspired refreshers! Grab a glass & enjoy by a pool, nearby lake/cottage, or in your backyard! Click here for 4 beach-themed drinks.

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This is one of my all-time favourite, summer salads! Avocado, mango & onions! Not to mention it’s very reminiscent of a tropical destination. Click here for the recipe!





2. Relax 

Relaxing is obviously another major component of any vacation. Unwinding & de-stressing should be an integral & mandatory part of your lifestyle. Pick up a book, throw on a face mask & completely unwind.

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Here’s a list of my absolute favourite vacation reads!

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I’m a total sucker for an amazing spa day when I’m on vacation but they can be very expensive. I’ve listed some of my favourite face masks here & included how to enjoy a spa day at home here. Try dimming the lights, throwing on some spa music, & reading a book while you have a mask on. Wearing your comfiest, plush robe doesn’t hurt either ;).

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Here’s some spa-worthy, relaxing bath ideas! 

3. Explore 

Another one of my absolute favourite parts of any vacation are the excursions! Explore your own city! Sign up for a walking tour, hitch a ride on one of those double-decker buses, visit a museum, art gallery… the options are absolutely ENDLESS! I guarantee that there are things about your city that you absolutely have NO idea about! Side note: Groupon can be SO amazing for unique, fun, & cost-effective activities! Check it out! If you live in Toronto, I’ve listed some of my personal, favourite Toronto excursions!

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These are some of my favourite hikes in & around of the GTA! They are absolutely STUNNING & unique!

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Beach bum?! Check out some of these Toronto beaches!

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Awesome, active date ideas in the city!

Have YOU ever gone on a “Staycation”?!

Brit

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