June 25, 2014 6:08 pm

‘Staycation’ is the new catch term for vacationing at home

Watch above: more people staying at home for summer vacations

SASKATOON – Getting away from winter is way more popular then leaving during the warmth of summer.

According to a new study, more people in Saskatchewan will be enjoying ‘staycations’ this summer.

“When the snow melts and the grass starts to turn green and the leaves start to bloom on the trees, I think that little summer time beauty is what keeps people in Saskatoon,” said Alexandra Stang with Tourism Saskatoon.

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“Nature is a big part of the city and it’s hard to get away from that.”

According to BMO’s 2014 summer travel outlook survey, staycations are popular on the Prairies. One half of the population has trips planned within their home province.

Two-thirds say gas prices affect their summer plans.

READ MORE: Gas prices in Saskatoon rising toward a new record

When you’re trapped indoors due to harsh weather half the year, people want to get out and explore when they can. Some just want to do so in their own backyard.

Tourism officials say Saskatoon has a lot to offer, including some hidden gems.

“There are a lot of great restaurants in Riversdale right now and now with the whole food truck scene. I mean, that’s really popular too with people searching out the different food trucks around the city during the summer,” said Stang.

Prairie residents plan to spend $1,700 on summer travel, which is down 27 percent from 2013.

To increase awareness of the great things Saskatoon offers, Tourism Saskatoon is holding an ‘I Spy Saskatoon’ contest. People can enter the scavenger hunt for a prize draw.

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