Create a spa experience at home

Booking a spa day not in the budget? Transform your living space into a spa-like sanctuary for some much-needed pampering. Take a long soak in your tub infused with essential oils or a handful of bath salts, or give yourself a DIY facial with a few luxury products. Follow it up with an at-home mani and pedi, and for extra indulgence, make yourself a special meal. There’s no better excuse to spend the day in your robe!

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Book into a local hotel

If you need to see more than your four walls, consider booking a staycation at a local hotel. If you have a CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite Card, you can use the CIBC Rewards Centre to find exclusive promotions and book stays at some stellar hotels. Earn 2 points for every $1 spent on travel purchased through the CIBC Rewards Centre†, 1.5 points for every $1 spent at eligible gas stations, EV charging, grocery stores and drug stores†, and 1 point for every $1 spent on all other purchases†. You may even be able to pay for your hotel staycation with points using the Payment with Points option (as usual, conditions apply).

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Organize a fun games night

The family that plays together, stays together, right? So why not plan a fun night playing board games with your home bubble? While you can’t beat classics like Risk, Clue and Scrabble, there is a world of games out there to explore. Exploding Kittens, anyone?

If you’re in a dramatic mood, why not play a murder mystery party game with friends? There's a range of murder mystery games available, like Murder at Mardi Gras or The Champagne Murders. What makes it even more fun is dressing up as one of the devious suspects (sinister moustache required).

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Go camping in your own backyard

Because of a lack of funds, the great Canadian tradition of camping may be off the table this year. If that’s the case, who says you can’t camp at home? This is a great staycation idea if you’ve got kids and a backyard. Pitch a tent, toast s’mores over a fire pit and retell a ghost story. And check the Meteor Shower Calendar to see if a celestial event is on the horizon.

Pro tip: Looking for backyard camping supplies? Collect points with your CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite Card and then redeem your rewards for gift cards at retailers like Home Depot, Canadian Tire and Sport Chek. Then, stock up on outdoor supplies!*

Tour a museum virtually

Many museums offer its collections online for a virtual visit. Using your tablet or computer, you can check out the ROM’s Blue Whale Project, take a 360° tour of the Canadian History Museum, or tour an exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. But why stop there? If you’ve always had a hankering to visit the British Museum, now’s your chance! Or enjoy the Louvre sans the crowds. Did we mention that all the tours are free?

Plan a wine or craft beer tasting at home

A trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake or the Okanagan Valley may not be in cards, but you can still plan a wine or craft beer tasting at home. Many Canadian wineries and microbreweries offer home delivery, and with the click of a mouse, you can curate a tasting flight of your favourite Canadian wines and beer. Pick between three and six varieties and don’t forget the snacks.

Pro-tip: If you have a CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite* Card, don’t forget that any card purchases made at an eligible grocery store earn 1.5 points per $1 spent†.

Take a virtual cooking class

One of the best things about travel is sampling the local cuisine. While you may not be able to dig into a plate of street Pad Thai in Bangkok, you can still indulge in international dishes from your own kitchen. Chefs across Canada offer cooking classes online – from Calgary’s Chef Joey who will teach you to make Spanish Tapas, to learning to make Veal Saltimbocca with Montreal’s Ateliers & saveurs, to Toronto-based Mardi Michels who offers French cooking classes for parents and kids. If you’ve got the CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite* Card, you can also use your CIBC Rewards to book a Breakaways Experience for two learning to prepare iconic international dishes in a private virtual cooking class.

Pro-tip: Redeem your CIBC Rewards points for some fancy new kitchen cookware! With the Shopping with Points option on the CIBC Rewards Centre, you can cash in your points for all kinds of kitchen gadgets — from air fryers to a chef’s knife set to cookware.

Hike the local trails

Money woes got you down? Research backs it up: taking a walk in the woods will improve your mood. Not sure where to venture? Check out Parks Canada for inspiration on Canada’s natural jewels. Pack a picnic and spend the day immersed in the serene Canadian wilderness.

Pro-tip: Nature-loving CIBC Rewards cardholders can donate a portion of their CIBC Rewards to the Trans Canada Trail through the Charitable Impact website.

Host your own film festival

Who needs TIFF tickets or the Cannes film festival when you’ve got your own backyard or balcony? Create a night under the stars and host your own film festival outdoors. To DIY your own outdoor movie theatre, all you need is a backyard, a projector and a white sheet, along with a few cozy blankets and cushions. Make it a movie marathon by screening a film series (like The Godfather or the Lord of the Rings trilogy) or pick a theme and go with it. Movie snacks, like popcorn laced with M&M’s, are a given.

Pro-tip: If you don’t own a projector, redeem your points at Best Buy or Amazon on the CIBC Rewards Centre, which can then be used to purchase a home projector

Experience another city virtually

Want to learn how to make the perfect pisco sour and ceviche in Peru? How about experiencing a Moroccan tea ceremony, or being part of a coca leaf reading in Bolivia? Well, you can. No passport required! Intrepid Travel is offering a range of Urban Adventures online experiences from around the world, right to your home. Best of all, their classes are less than $38 per person.

The last word

Just because you’re not leaving the country, it doesn't mean you can't still have fun at home with your peeps. Plus, this is a great opportunity to save points now and spend them later. When you're ready to go, the CIBC Aventura® Visa Infinite Card gives you the flexibility to use your points for flights, vacation packages, hotels, cruises, car rentals and more. So you can plan now and travel later!


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