For starters a stay-at-home vacation means you don’t spend a nickel on travel or accomodation.

The experts say the key to a stayvacation is planning:

Just as you do when actually away on a start date and an end date.

Avoid working on projects around the house.

Avoid everyday routine:  Avoid the mail, e-mails and phone calls just as you do when away.

Set a stayvacation budget.

Act like a tourist in your own town.  Visit with fresh eyes places you would take visitors to visit.

Have you ever had a stay-at-home vacation?  How did it work?

Would you try one?


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    Ted Says:

    I never liked the idea of a stay-at-home vacation. I prefer to go out. But I can see the attraction, what with all the money it costs. But here’s a good way to feel like you are home while you are on vacation: use vacation rentals. Sites like allow you to rent homes at very reasonable prices! And since you will be living in what is basically a house, you’ll feel like you never left.

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    littlepatti Says:

    I’ve had many, many “staycations”. Travel was not always an option financially, kids were too young to travel away from home, (learned that one the hard way), our vacation time didn’t coincide, we HAD to spend the time on home repairs, or we were just too tired to go. However, we always made the best of it. We bought special food and wine, planned day trips, shopping at leisure, drive-in movies (remember that?) and visitors.
    We were so thankful to be home for 2 weeks after commuting and working hard for a year. Home. It was a real novelty.

    BTW-Our most enjoyable times are when we have visitors and show them around Montreal- The Basilica, The Cathedral, The Old Port, etc. It never gets old to us.

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    Neil McKenty Says:


    One of the spots we always show our visitors to Montreal is St. Louis Square and its fountain. It is a gem in the inner city. Also we try to arrange a breakfast at Beauty’s if we can.

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    littlepatti Says:

    Thanks Neil- I’ll look up the Fountain and I’ve heard of Beauty’s and will definitely try it this summer, visitors or not!

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    littlepatti Says:

    and PS: I love the Caleche ride around Old Montreal at night with a good driver/guide, after a luncheon salad and a draft on the terrassse, rear of Vieux Port restaurant, then dinner at Gibby’s or The Keg.
    Ahhh, Montreal! T’is a gift!

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    Joanne Says:

    Staycations can be great. You just have to plan out something special to do every once in a while. There is always something happening not too far away that can make it seem like you are on vacation. For example, a trip to Niagara Falls seems like you have gone somewhere much further away.

    I know people who will go to a hotel in their own city that has a pool and they can eat out. Their kids love it–especially since they are never really too far from home and haven’t had a long car or plane ride to get there.

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    Joanne Says:

    See Neil, sometimes I check in!!!

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    bluemoosebicycle Says:

    Reblogged this on Exchange and commented:

    We revisit a summer posting from Neil from 2010.

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