In Praise of the Staycation

Travel is great for the soul.  It expands our worldview, gives us an even greater appreciation of our own home and reenergizes us as it forces us to step away from the treadmill of every day.

The only thing is, sometimes the problem with travelling is, well, the travelling part.  Prepping for a vacation can be a project in itself.  Packaging, readying your house, arranging care for the dog, shopping for bits and pieces that will be needed for the journey, digging out seasonally appropriate clothes etc..  While setting off on your adventure is exciting, who doesn’t sigh with relief when they finally reach their destination?

There are times when all you need is break, a mini holiday between larger journeys.

Did you know your Vision Travel Advisor can help you with a mini break or a staycation in between the larger trips you have planned? Two or three nights at a local hotel or spa can give you just that recharge you need with minimal packing and travel time.  Spend a few days being a tourist in your own town, with all the amazing places in the world to explore, it can be easy to forget that your own hometown also has a wealth of activities.

Virtuoso and The Staycation

Did you know there are 32 Virtuoso hotels in Canada? These are great choices for your staycation as your Vision Travel advisor can offer you additional complimentary amenities such as complimentary breakfast, food & beverage credits and upgrades upon arrival when available to further enhance your luxury at home feeling.

Some of our Top Staycation Picks

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Some of the most iconic hotels in Canada are of course Fairmont Hotels.  They offer city centre hotels such as the recently reimagined Queen Elizabeth in Montreal,  the Chateau Frontenac, the Royal York in Toronto, and Fairmont Empress in Victoria. As well as resort based hotels such as The Banff Springs Hotel,  the Fairmont Whistler and the Montebello which serve as excellent bases for ecotourism and outdoor pursuits.

Wellness Escapes

The Rosewood Georgia in Vancouver is the home to an award-winning spa as well as one of the highest rated restaurants in the city. With it’s close proximity to the seawall and Stanley Park, it’s location is ideal for you to spend some time reconnecting with the great outdoors.

When your Staycation Ends

The beauty of the staycation is often the lack of a hard schedule and shorter travel times. Nothing quite kills the buzz of a relaxing holiday then a mad dash to the airport followed by a long journey.  At the end of your staycation, sleep in and make your way back home in your on time.


Speak to your Vision Travel Advisor to plan your Staycation Escape. Because sometimes you need a vacation between vacations.