August 24, 2011 § 5 Comments
stay·ca·tion noun \ˈstā-ˈkā-shən\ : a vacation spent at home or nearby
Saving money is the song of a staycation. And our anthem since we first filled out the adoption application and gladly gave our first “layaway” payment towards babyzook. Because we already booked a friendcation — an Alaskan cruise for mid-September — we didn’t want to put a dent in our adoption savings by going on a costly summer vacation, but we still wanted to get away this summer for a bit of a sun and some R & R. So we packed up our suitcases and jumped in the car…
If we hadn’t have been scrimping & saving we may have never taken the time to discover all the great places to visit within Alberta; all within a 4 -5 hour driving radius from our very own driveway!
First stop: Drumheller
We skipped the Royal Tyrrell (dinosaur) Museum…we’ll save that one for when we have kids…
After a few hours of checking out the Badlands, we were ready to move on. So we headed headed south and found a place to bunk for the night in Calgary. If you’re going to be doing a vacation on the fly like this, some invaluable (but free) iphone apps are:
- TripAdvisor – for reviews on hotels, things to do, photos and restaurants
- Expedia – great because it will only show available hotels using your “current location” (good for last minute bookings)
- Timmy Time – first & foremost you need to know where you can find the closest reliable Canadian cup o joe!
- Pano – Make scenery look even more scenic with this panoramic app
After a zippy stop-over in Calgary we hit the highway again. Headed south…