5 Reasons to Plan a Staycation This Summer

How to Plan a Staycation

This post is generously sponsored by IHG® Canada. The opinions expressed are 100% my own and that of my family’s.

A few weekends ago, my family and I took a weekend staycation and we had an absolute blast! We loved it so much that we want to do it again—and soon. We think that you should too and here are five reasons why:

  1. Staycations are more affordable:

    With the Canadian dollar the way it is (as of today, $1.30 Canadian is only worth $1 US) it makes so much more sense to stretch your dollar by staying local and finding hidden gems within reach of home.

    We traveled to Toronto which is a two-hour drive from London. Though not too far, it felt like we were in a whole different country because we sought out things we had never done before.

  2. Staycations encourage you to think outside the box:

    Casa Loma

    My family and I have been to Toronto many times, (in fact, my husband was born and raised there) so we had to get creative in deciding what to do. Though funny enough, he had never been to Casa Loma before. Just shows you that sometimes we take the things right outside our doorstep for granted.

    So we decided to check out Casa Loma and I am so glad that we did. I wasn’t sure what to expect for Little S because I wasn’t sure it would hold her attention, but she was intrigued the whole time. And my husband and I loved the audio tour that we could take at our own pace.

    There is so much history in Toronto and I am so glad that we learned more about Ontario’s capital (that is practically down the street from us) through our visit to Casa Loma. I think it will be a lifelong memory for Little S too. Her favourite part was climbing all the stairs to the top tower. What little girl doesn’t love a real castle?!

  3. Staycations offer an opportunity to discover hidden gems within your part of the world:

    Poetry Jazz Cafe

    With a little imagination, your staycation can take you to faraway places without actually travelling too far.

    As I mentioned, my husband grew up in Toronto and I lived there for just over a year, so you’d think we knew a lot about the city and the best places to go. But we discovered an amazing hidden gem that we hadn’t heard of before: Poetry Jazz Café.

    My sister-in-law lives in Toronto, so we decided to include a date night in our getaway and left Little S in her care. We had done our research before leaving for the weekend and learned of Poetry Jazz Café. We knew that we wanted to go to a quaint little jazz club and PJC was just it!

    The atmosphere is indescribable. On one hand you feel like you’re at a friend’s place as the environment mimics an eclectic basement room and the service makes you feel at home. On the other hand, we felt swept away in the ambiance and amazing live music by Robb Cappelletto, and we felt like we were somewhere more exotic like Cuba or New Orleans. This is a memory that we will never forget.

  4. Knowing and loving a particular hotel line within your own part of the world, ensures that ‘home away from home’ feel every time:

    For our staycation, we stayed at the Holiday Inn Downtown Toronto Centre at 30 Carlton Street. It was the perfect location to access all the fun things we chose to do on our staycation. It is just a few blocks from the Eaton Centre, a six-dollar Uber ride to the jazz club and just five stops (with an easy transfer) to Casa Loma.

    Oh and there is a Starbucks attached – this is essential! The hotel staff was extremely friendly and helpful and with our package, breakfast was included (and kids eat free) and it isn’t your average continental breakfast either. Eggs, bacon, sausages and French toast were among the delicious choices. This really saved on costs for us and helped us start our day on the right foot.

    Holiday Inn Breakfast

    Holiday Inn is an IHG hotel which means you can earn IHG Rewards Club Points with each stay that you can use for your next staycation! Learn more about IHG properties across Toronto, see a full description and find ideas here.

  5. Staycations allow you to “vacation” more often:

    London Radius

    With the affordability, shorter travel time, less vacation time from work and the comforts of home at your fingertips, taking staycations allows you to do it more often; everyone loves to get away so the more the merrier.

    My suggestion: pinpoint your home on a map and draw a two to three hundred kilometre radius around it…and don’t stop ‘staycationing’ until you’ve covered all the great spots within that circle. Life is short…have fun!

City Mom