Planning a Staycation

During the summer of 2020, Staycations became the norm for many families. We expect they will be front and center in family vacation plans this year. We hope that we can offer some ideas and insight into planning your family Staycation this summer.

Rethinking Summer Vacations

During the past year our lives have completely changed. With the pandemic a raft of measures has been put in place that has severely limited travel. Governments have asked citizens to eliminate non-essential travel. The Canada/U.S. boarder was closed to non-essential travel last year on March 18, 2020.

Families still need to vacation. For some it’s a needed chance to relax, and unplug from the day-to-day. Sometimes a vacation is planned around the concept that a-change-is-as-good-as-a-rest. This approach sees families planning to experience new things, see new sights or visit attractions.  All of these options can be achieved with a staycation plan.

What is a Staycation?

It seems pretty straightforward. Staycation is a portmanteau of the words “stay” and “vacation.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as: “A holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.”

The general feeling is that it is a fairly recent addition to the English language but our research has discovered that it actually has been around for a while. Merriam Webster has discovered the word used in a newspaper advertisement going back to 1944. You can read their “Words-at-Play” entry for staycation here.

Staycation considerations

Staycations are very flexible in terms of length. Because most of the travel is eliminated they can be short. When a vacation involves long travel distances it makes sense to plan for a longer stay. Staycations are often less expensive. There are some things you will need to give up. Jet lag, and white knuckle drives on unfamiliar freeways are two that come to mind.

Planning your Staycation  

Give thought to

  • Set a goal
    • Relaxation/get active/learn something
  • Give thought to how “unplugged” you want to be
  • Decide on duration
  • Make sure there are elements that appeal to everyone in the family
  • Consider a theme
    • Become a tourist in your own region
    • Local history
    • Agri-tourism
    •  Love of Horses
    • Fishing
    • First Nations Discovery
    • Nostalgia/#TBT
    • Get crafty
    • Write a book or family history
    • Campfire cuisine
    • Commune with nature
  • Assemble supplies/appropriate clothing

Camping Staycations

A campground in your own back yard is an easy choice when you want to get away for a weekend, but it can be an ideal option for your staycation. Booking a stay at Riverbend Campground means you are away from your home which gives emphasis to the vacation aspect. We offer discounts for mid-week and week-long stays. If you have vacation time saved up you can book a month and save even more.

Contact Riverbend Campground and start planning your staycation by email: reservations@riverbendcampground.ca or phone: 403-938-2017.