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Planning Your Summer Vacation

July 21, 2021

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It might seem too good to be true but after a very long pandemic, the summer vacation booking horizon is beginning to clear, and Canadians are starting to explore summer getaways once again!  As more and more people receive their second dose of the vaccine, many households have begun their summer vacation 2021 planning. As we all prepare to get back to our pre-pandemic normal there are still some COVID-19 considerations that need to be made as we explore our summer vacation ideas.  Luckily, we are not in this alone and the travel industry is excited to welcome everyone back for a well-deserved summer vacation 2021. To help people feel more confident in planning their summer vacation, travel sites, airlines, hotels, restaurants, and event venues have one shared priority in mind: safety.  Our hosts have been preparing for our return and we will certainly experience some new safety measures this summer vacation.

Planning Your Summer Getaway – Keeping it Local

Before you dust off your suitcase take some time to decide where your summer vacation 2021 should be. If you’re not looking to go too far (or if all you need is a quick summer weekend getaway!), an easy way to get some inspiration is to let the internet work it’s magic by using some key search phrases:

Search: Places to visit near me – this will give you a list of great notable attractions like museums and beaches that are only a stone’s throw away. It might even result in a calendar of events for your location. If you’re not ready to get on a flight, searching places to visit near me can give you the perfect summer getaway right in your own community.

Search: Tourist places near me—have you ever been a tourist in your own city? Many of us have lived in Toronto and never been to the top of the CN Tower, or lived in Vancouver but have never crossed the beautiful Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.  Searching tourist places near me allows you to adventure in your own city, giving you a summer vacation idea that feels new and familiar all at once!

Search: Places to go near me – this search is a little more pointed and could introduce you to amazing eateries, spas, movie theatres, and boutique locally owned businesses.  Searching places to go near me is a great way to fill your summer vacation days at your own time and pace.

Another great way to get a change of pace this summer vacation 2021, is to get to know the places that are just a little out of your direct community, without having to worry about airports and airfare.  Many are packing their tents and preparing to explore Canada’s beautiful conservation areas and camp sites. After spending so much time indoors, an outdoor camping trip might be the perfect summer getaway and just what your body needs to hit the reset button. If you like the great outdoors but you don’t love the idea of sleeping amongst furry forest friends, a cottage rental gives you the escape you need while maintaining the comforts of a cozy bed and the soothing crackling of a chimney fire.  If you are interested in cottaging, be sure to reserve well in advance as many Canadians plan to escape the city life this summer vacation 2021.  Whether it’s a tent, a cottage, or a hotel room – is there really anything better than sipping on a good cup of coffee while listening to great tunes on a scenic road trip?  Check out this road trip planner for some inspiration on possible routes and amazing destinations that are only a drive away.

Taking Precautionary Measures – Leaving on a Jet Plane

If you’ve received your second dose of the vaccine, you may be feeling more prepared to explore the world outside of your city or province for your summer vacation.   When you’ve been quarantined for so long, making a decision about your first post-COVID summer getaway may seem a bit overwhelming.  As you explore your summer vacation ideas, a little preparation goes a long way.

International Travel Guidelines

It might be best to first understand the restrictions and guidelines of other countries as they plan to welcome visitors from around the world.  Doing a little research before you book your summer getaway will help you avoid any surprises when you arrive at the airport or at your destination.  It will also give you a good idea about the precautionary guidelines that are in place at your selected destination (masks, closures, capacity limits etc.). Finally, try to stay informed on Canada’s Travel guidelines to help you account for any added expenses or considerations when you return.

Now that you’re planning a summer getaway, it’s time to pick the perfect summer vacation for your needs.  First, confirm the budget that feels most comfortable for you before you begin to look for the perfect destination.  Whether you’re looking for a quick summer weekend getaway, a week at an all-inclusive resort, or an epic summer vacation adventure, a change of space and scenery will surely be good for the mind, body, and soul.  You may want to explore the historic castles in Romania, or dip your feet in the crystal clear award winning waters around the world. You may even choose to complete an incredible trek with world class scenery. Whatever the summer getaway may be, doing a little preparation about the destination will give you all of the peace of mind you need while you’re enjoying your escape.

As the feeling of normalcy slowly makes its way back into our lives, Canadians 55+ are preparing to resume their pre-pandemic summer vacation lifestyles. For some, that may look like a night of dancing, a great meal at a favourite restaurant, or a long overdue belly laugh at a comedy show. It may mean trying new things, learning about a new culture, or travelling to see your loved ones.

Budgeting for Your Summer Vacation

Whether you’re staying local, planning a quick summer weekend getaway, or getting ready to walk down the runway to an awaiting aircraft—your summer vacation will surely be one you deserve. If you’re a Canadian homeowner aged 55+ and need tax-free cash for your summer vacation, a CHIP Reverse Mortgage can give you access to up to 55% of the appraised value of your home’s equity, with no monthly loan repayments. You only pay back what you owe when you move or sell your home.

If you need some help in building your summer getaway budget, call us at 1-866-522-2447 to find out how much tax-free cash you qualify for and a CHIP Reverse Mortgage Specialist will help you prepare for the perfect escape.

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