Follow along as Jennifer Pinarski shares her experiences about giving up her big city job and lifestyle to live in rural Ontario with her husband, while staying home to raise their two young children.
“I really wish we were in Maui or Grand Cayman right now,” moaned my six-year-old son last week. “It was more fun there than here,” he added, jerking his head towards the window where our house looks out at arguably the nicest scenery in all of the Kawarthas.
Not that our family vacations were ever extravagant, but we'd always managed to get away every few years to a sunny destination. However, our recent financial situation put the brakes on all vacations this year. Pine trees compared to palm trees are probably downright dull to my kids, and even though we pointed out that people often come to our town for vacation had little positive effect — especially since we’d spent the summer telling our kids we couldn't go for ice cream or the zoo or the science centre. Besides, living in a tourist town, we actually spend most of our summer hiding out in our cottage home to avoid traffic and packed beaches. I used to think that "staycations" were evil marketing ploys by people who actually never staycationed with their kids.
But with just a few days left of summer vacation, our family embraced the staycation and became tourists in our own hometown. Expecting a staycation to be more like Family Feud, we were surprised that it ended up being more like The Amazing Race — we discovered new places and met new people all the time!
Did you staycation this summer? Tweet me about it @jenpinarski.
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