Visit Your Tourist Information Centre
One of the first things I recommend doing is to drop by your local Tourism Information Centre. This team is well-versed in all the fun things to do in your city and can recommend activities, sights, and tours that you may not have known about. This is true for me as they recommended a hike to some gorgeous waterfalls near my city that I did not even know existed and I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years. They also are current on events during your staycation and can suggest more fun things to do like Kamloops’ super-popular Brewloops Festival filled with biking, beer, and live music throughout the city.
Stay in a Hotel
To get a full tourist experience in your own city, stay one or two nights in a local hotel. Experience room service, spa, and other specialities that the hotel of your choice offers. If you’d like to save a bit of money, you can simply visit some local hotel lobbies and browse through their brochure rack for highlights of what your city recommended to tourists. This will give you more ideas and perhaps some that you may never have thought of.
I rarely visit local hotels unless I am there for a conference or event, so I was pleasantly surprised to see such a beautiful lobby in one of our newest hotels—Sandman Signature Hotel. I may need to book a staycation!
Visit a Restaurant You’ve Never Been to Before
Even if you live in a small town, there must be a café, pub, or restaurant you have not tried. Do some web searches, or Yelp, for recommendations and try something new! You may discover your next favourite place to eat. With Tourism Kamloops, I discovered Terra Restaurant which offers a variety of local organic food. I also revisited The Noble Pig and had a taste of deep-fried pickles! Have you tried them?