Need a Vacation But Don’t Have the Time or Money?

November 12, 2009 0

A mini staycation may be the perfect fix for you! It doesn’t take a ton of planning and can be really inexpensive too.

Step One: Set aside a day or two and make it into a mini staycation. It could be right now, or if you’re slammed with work/life within the next little while.

Step Two: Think of all the great things in your city that you just never get to see. Remember that art gallery that re-opened that you have never been to? That amazing Swiss restaurant that you have been dying to try? Make a list of what you want to do, and then figure out what you can reasonably do within two days…but make sure you save some time for relaxing so you’re not burned out from your mini staycation.

Step Three: Make any reservations that need to be made, and contact your friends if you’d like to include them in your plans.

Step Four: Based on what you want to do, and who you want to do it with, build a basic schedule for your mini staycation.

Step Five: Enjoy!

Here’s an example of a staycation plans and budget for a 2 day mini vacation in Toronto. For me I love to tour around and get exercise, so those are central to my plans.

Friday night:
– Nap after work
– Meet up with friends and try out the cheese fondue place on Elm Street for a late dinner ($60 per person)

– Sleep in
– Grab a coffee and go to specialty book store with big fluffy coaches and classical music playing. Select a few books that will set my imagination on fire! ($30)
– Go for a light lunch on Front Street ($20)
– Drop by St. Lawrence Market – pick up some flowers and wine ($40)
– Take a long walk along the Toronto Harbourfront – get some exercise and sit on the beach chairs watching the waves pass by while letting my mind wander
– Return home, have a hot bath and get all sassied up for tonight.
– Date night! Go to the new French “communal style” restaurant I’ve been dying to try out ($120 for 2)

– Sleep in
– Go for a swim and steam
– Head up to the Art Gallery of Ontario for lunch ($25)
– Tour around the gallery and get art inspired! ($20)
– Go to High Park for a walk and duck watching
– Head home, order sushi in, read new books and relax! ($20)

For a total of $335 I’ve lived like a queen for a weekend, seen the scenes, and had a lovely mini staycation.

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