My husband had some vacation days at the end of June. Since we have some travel plans coming up in the next year, we decided to stay local and enjoy a family staycation. Staycations have become more common in the last few years, especially for parents who have growing families, families who have one income, people who just purchased a home, Etc. Whatever the reason for a staycation may be, they can be enjoyable for anyone who is willing to discover their own city. Summers in our city are gorgeous, and packed with a wide variety of places to go and things to do.
During our staycation, we ventured out to local attractions such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island, Stanley Park, China Town, Richmond Night Market, The Vancouver Aquarium, we saw the Canada day fireworks from our friends balcony, with a spectacular view from the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel We also went on hikes, literally pigged out at our favourite restaurants, and tried some new ones, including the flying pig in Yale town. We also went to beaches, swimming pools and of course we went to the nearby lakes. Our days were jam-packed, fun, and very spontaneous.
Although we slept at home every night during our staycation, we ventured out every day until late evening. The best part about staying out all day, was that I got a break from cooking and cleaning 😊 The money we didn’t spend on accommodations, went to our day trips and our tummies😋.
My girls did get into some typical sibling rivalry during our staycation , however I noticed that this happened for the most part, on our car rides to our destinations. We also dealt with our cranky preschooler in some of the restaurants, and my husband and I got into a few disagreements when it came to making some decisions, especially the eating ones. Note to self: pack hubby lots of snacks for our next staycation, to hold him over while choosing a restaurant and have lots of change for the parking metres handy to avoid tickets 😉.
All in all, our family staycation was busy, enjoyable and most importantly memorable. Not once did we wish we were on the Disney Land cruise ship or swimming with the dolphins in Mexico. We had the best time enjoying our very own beautiful city and we were sad to see my husband go back to work.
My daughters have already been asking, “how many days are left of summer?” I always reply with, ” don’t worry about how many days of summer vacation you have left, just enjoy the day now!” I guess this is a challenge for them because time really does fly when you are having fun! I remember feeling the exact same way when I was a child, with the internal fear of summer coming to an end. I mean, what kid doesn’t love staying up past their bed time, sleeping in, eating ice cream, and swimming at the beach?! Heck, I’m an adult and I don’t want summer vacation to end either! I’m enjoying every moment with my family and every day I feel so blessed to be able to spend my summer days with them.
I truly believe that the greatest memories that we make have everything to do with who we are with as opposed to where we are. So whether you are staycation-ing in your own city or on the Cayman Islands, make sure you are surrounded by loved ones. People who you can be unapologetically yourself around, people who truly support you, and make you laugh. It doesn’t matter if you have children or not, these types of people are your family. Travel with your family, because as cliché as it sounds, who you travel with is far more important than the destination.