My family was supposed to spend ten glorious days on vacation in Canada this summer. Instead, we spent three days on a small, crowd-less beach and the other seven days were spent at home. In some ways, our vacation went by quickly and in other ways, it was excruciatingly long.

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Staycations aren’t a new idea. As a matter of fact, the word “staycation” was first used in 1999, but it was the Washington Post who introduced the word to the world in August of 2005. However, the word didn't quite catch on until 2008 when more and more Americans found themselves spending their vacations at home because offinancial concerns as the economy weakened and fuel prices increased.

While people have been doing the staycation thing for several years, they’ve never quite been like staycations of 2020 where the world has found itself in the middle of a global pandemic. So many of us have spent more time in our homes these last few months than we ever have, so the idea of a staycation is less than appealing but for many, it’s the only choice.

If COVID-19 means a staycation is in your future, these are a few ways to make the most out of the situation.