Take a Staycation this Victoria Day Long Weekend

May 15, 2020

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✔COVID-19 may have canceled your travel plans for the Victoria Day long weekend, but there are plenty of ways to have fun at home.

✔This is a great opportunity to work on your house and yard

✔Use your long weekend to get some rest, and virtually connect with friends and family

The first long weekend of the year has arrived and in true 2020 fashion, things aren’t happening exactly as anticipated. The state of emergency has been extended and if you had plans to travel, they’ve likely been cancelled due to COVID-19. This can be disappointing - after all, Canadians love a good long weekend - but there are ways to have a fun, relaxing time without leaving the house. Remember: we are staying home for the good of everyone, and there will be plenty of long weekends to celebrate once this is over. In the meantime, here’s how to make the most of your staycation this Victoria Day weekend.

Have a backyard barbecue on your staycation

You may not be able to host a group of friends and family this Victoria Day weekend, but you can still enjoy a classic BBQ at home. Start by planning a menu that reminds you of summer weekends at the lake: burgers, potato salad, corn on the cob and maybe even some ice cream. Grab some cold drinks and put them on ice. Bring the radio outdoors and find a comfortable chair to lounge in for the afternoon (ideally in the sun, if the weather cooperates). Grab a book or a magazine and if you have kids or other family members in your household, set up some outdoor games to keep everyone entertained. As you sit back and relax, breathe in that fresh spring air mixed with the scent of sunscreen and food on the BBQ. Ahhh - it feels like summer already! Whether you’re hanging out with your family, your roommate or nobody at all, it’s hard not to enjoy a good backyard barbecue. 

Spend your Victoria Day weekend outside working on your garden

Victoria Day weekend is the perfect time to plant some flowers or set up a vegetable garden. Most garden centres are open for curbside pick-up, allowing customers to shop online or by phone and then safely pick up their order. Spruce up your flower beds or create some new ones - all you need is some good soil, some seeds or plants and some elbow grease. Annuals are great if you like to change things up and perennials will make next year’s garden a breeze. A vegetable garden is both practical and enjoyable to have, and building raised planters is a great weekend project. You can use mulch, pebbles or river rocks to finish the look of your garden, retain moisture and minimize the growth of pesky weeds.

If you don’t have a backyard, consider adding some potted plants or even a wall-mounted vertical garden to your balcony or patio. You can even create an indoor garden, if that works best in your space! Many beautiful ferns, succulents and herbs grow well indoors and will add a wonderful ambience to your home. Bonus: this type of garden is super low maintenance, Here are some more budget-friendly DIYs to spruce up your home this long weekend.

Host a virtual Victoria Day party with friends

Would you normally be spending some quality time with your family and friends over the long weekend? Try hosting an online gathering using video chat software. Keep it simple with some conversation over appetizers, or get creative and play some interactive games. Some people like to take advantage of a games app while others prefer using video to communicate while playing a more traditional party game. Trivia is always fun (try playing The Newlywed Game if you’re gathering with couples) and charades is another easy option. You can even choose a party theme and have guests dress up! Not only will this give everyone in your social circle a chance to reconnect, it’s bound to result in some good laughs. This is a great way to stay social while staying home, so don’t be afraid to reach out and invite your favourite people to a quarantine-friendly long weekend soiree.

Plan your home or outdoor space renovation

Spending all of this time at home may have you making a list of improvements you’d like to make when the time is right: installing modern countertops in the kitchen, upgrading a washroom or maybe putting in a new deck. Whether it’s an interior renovation or a backyard makeover, the Victoria Day long weekend is a great time to get planning and price out your project (spreadsheets are a renovator’s best friend). Try creating an inspiration board to map our visual elements, or save images in an online gallery you can reference. Create a budget and determine your “must have” and “nice to have” lists. Check out these balcony DIYs for some inspiration, and go the DIY route.

We are here to help

Ready to renovate? We are here to help. If you need financial guidance or a personal loan to help fund your home renovation project, please reach out to your local easyfinancial branch or easyhome branch, or give us a call at 1-888-502-3279. It may be easier than you think to turn your house into your dream home, and we’re here to help make it happen. Cheers to big plans, and to the long weekend!

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