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Travel plans canceled? Vacation ideas to explore closer to home

Travel plans canceled? Vacation ideas to explore closer to home

The world may not be our oyster at the moment but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a well-earned vacation this summer. If your travel plans are on hold, but you’re keen to plan a trip, here are some ideas to explore closer to home.

Susan Murillo
Jun 24, 2021

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The world may not be our oyster at the moment but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a well-earned vacation this summer. If your travel plans are on hold, but you’re keen to plan a trip, here are some ideas to explore closer to home. 

Plan a road trip

Road trips are a brilliant idea for those eager to plan a vacation that doesn’t involve getting on a plane or trying to decipher rules, regulations, and restrictions. Road trips can take you anywhere, and you can decide how far to travel, how to spend your time, where to stay and stop off and how long to go for. From coastal drives to meandering mountain routes, take a look at popular itineraries, take inspiration from travel blogs and magazines or plan a journey that takes in places you’ve always wanted to visit. 

Once you’ve chosen a destination for your road trip, it’s wise to plan the route and figure out a rough itinerary so that you know where you can stay, book activities and excursions in advance if you need to due to Covid-19 regulations, and find gas stations. It’s also beneficial to give your car the once-over before you leave and take a first aid kit, plenty of bottled water and snacks with you. It is advisable to be prepared for possible injuries while on the road. This is why your first aid kit is useful only when you know how to use it properly. You can get a CPR and First Aid certification by attending an online course so your skills will always come in handy.

Go camping

Camping is a very popular pursuit and many people look forward to escaping the city and sleeping beneath the stars. Today, there are all kinds of destinations you can visit if you fancy camping, and you can choose to hire an RV, pitch a tent or opt for more luxurious ‘glamping’ options such as renting a log cabin, a tipi or a treehouse. Research locations, think about how you want to spend your time and how far you want to travel, and filter results based on your budget and destination. Read reviews of campsites and lodges, ask friends, relatives and colleagues for ideas and recommendations and start writing a packing list. If you’re camping in a tent, you’ll need a sleeping bag, warm, light layers, utensils for cooking and toiletries. For more information and packing tips, check out this article

Go camping

Hit the beach

The prospect of basking in the sunshine lying on a golden beach under clear blue skies inspires many of us to book vacations overseas each summer. While it might not be possible to guarantee swaying palms, secluded coves and luxury resorts that have panoramic views of azure waters, there are plenty of places where you can enjoy a beach break without leaving the country. Beach vacations are ideal for couples, singles, families and large groups, and you can combine chilling out and recharging your batteries with active pursuits. From sunbathing, doing yoga at sunrise and watching the waves roll in to windsurfing, waterskiing, surfing, diving and paddleboarding, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone happy. 

If you are traveling as a family, or you’re booking a break for a large group, it’s a fantastic idea to look into accommodation options such as hiring a beach house or a villa or renting condos in the same complex. This can often be cheaper than booking multiple rooms in hotels and beach resorts. 

Hit the beach

Go to a game or dance the night away at a concert

Sports and music are hugely popular hobbies and interests. Many of us have missed the thrill of watching our favorite teams play or dancing the night away at live concerts. If you’re a fan of music, or you love to cheer your team on, why not plan a trip that enables you to go to a gig or catch a game? Whether you travel an hour away or you fancy making a weekend of it and going to the other side of the country, you can book tickets at sites like, stay overnight, reserve tables at restaurants or famous brunch spots, see the sights and have fun with family or friends. If you like this idea, it’s wise to check schedules and fixture lists and book tickets as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Some facilities and venues may have limited capacity, and the demand for tickets is likely to be high. 

Go to a game or dance the night away at a concert

Home swaps

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live by the ocean or high up in the mountains? Do you dream of spending a few weeks living the high life in the city or does the sound of escaping it all on a remote ranch fill you with glee? Home swaps are an excellent way to enjoy a different lifestyle and explore parts of the country you might not have discovered before. They can also be a budget-friendly option for those who want to get away without breaking the bank. If you’re considering a home swap, you could approach colleagues or friends who live in different cities or states or use reputable websites in the area to research potential locations and find homeowners who would like to visit your home. 

Home swap

Outdoor adventures

Many of us think about lying on the beach, sipping on a cocktail and splashing around in the sea when we imagine being on vacation but there are many different types of trip available. If you live for the al fresco life and you’re an intrepid adventurer, or you’re eager to try something different this year, why not get out into the great outdoors? You can tour national parks, book activity breaks or plan a hiking, cycling or fishing trip. If you are traveling to remote destinations, or you’re planning to go hiking or mountain biking, make sure you have water and food with you, take a backpack with a first aid kit and check conditions and warnings before you set off. Even in the height of summer, conditions in mountainous regions can change quickly. 

Outdoor adventures

Were you planning to go overseas this summer? If your travel plans are on hold, you don’t have to give up on the dream of enjoying a fabulous vacation. There are plenty of ways to have fun, explore new places and enjoy incredible experiences without spending hours on a plane. Hopefully, this guide has given you some ideas.

Susan Murillo | Susan has been interested in real estate since she was a child in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Susan had always wanted to pursue a direction that would encourage her to support others, and she discovered her true calling in real estate, where she could serve her clients and direct them through one of their most significant investments. Shannon has been involved in the selling and distribution of one billion dollars in real estate in Western Canada over the last ten years.


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