Industry watchers have called this summer "the summer fun forgot" and even though the economy is slowly coming to life again people are still being cautious when it comes to vacations and travel. Even though countries in Europe and the Caribbean have opened their borders and there are some flight deals the federal travel advisory to avoid non-essential international travel is keeping people from travelling. A recent Travel Week survey found that 42.7% pf respondents would travel within Canada even if global travel resumed tomorrow.
Frederic Dimanche director of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University say that "trust" is the operative word this year. "Vacationers will want to travel with p people that they know well, are likely to stick to small groups and their own bubble. Many people will do road trips instead of flying and return to family camping trips or drives to the lake, back to holidays they experienced in the past."
Here are someways to make your vacations memorable:
1. Head to Cottage Country - many will be looking to rent a cottage if they don't own one and will plan to visit people who do have a cottage.
2. Those who want to stay inside their bubble are travelling the open road in an RV or by car but most are not travelling too far from home usually remaining in their own province.
3. Finding adventure close to home - those who love adventure think they need to look offshore to find it but this year they are exploring their own backyard. Companies are ready to provide private and custom trips including backpacking tours in the Coast Mountains.
4. Communing with Nature - Camping has become very popular as a vacation option but campers are advised to still keep their groups small and not mix with other households. All campgrounds have cautions and protections in place and advise people to prepare to be self sufficient and bring extra hygiene supplies, hand sanitizer, wipes, water and food.
5. Volunteering - Transfer your vacation into a learning experience by volunteering.WWOOF is an organization that provides opportunities to work on organic farms and learn about organic food and agriculture.
6 Hop on your Bike - Biking has become the number 1 pastime during the pandemic and is a good vacation choice for many as it allows you to keep fit while enjoying the scenery. There are plenty of places to explore by bike especially on Vancouver Island.
7. Make it a sporting holiday while still physical distancing - two sports that are ideal for this are golf and tennis. You could also consider fishing, or rock climbing or canoeing.
8 Find new entertainment while Staycationing - there are many activities that promote family bonding such as working on your family tree or writing your family history. You can take a variety of classes including the ever popular on-line cooking classes. Think about that project that you have been putting off for so long, now might be the time to tackle it that might include DIY home repairs or furniture restoration both of which help increase business at your local building supply centre.
Whatever type of vacation you choose this year, there is a good chance that you will save some money which is good for your budget.
From an article by Margaret Craig-Bourdin
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