Even if all your friends and extended family are jetting off to exotic or exciting destinations, staying home is trendy, too. Staycations are a fun and easy way to take a break and enjoy a holiday without having to spend the time, money, or energy to get somewhere far away. Especially as we are coming into the summer season, staycations are the best way to make the most of the beautiful weather and spend quality time with your family. Here are some of our top suggestions for things to do on a fun and adventurous staycation.
Nature soothes the soul and calms the mind, so what better place is there to go with your significant other, your family, or even just yourself to reap the benefits of a vacation without leaving your zip code? Throw on your favorite flannel shirt and hit the trails for some nourishing nature and a great work out.
Planning and having a picnic is a fun and tasty activity the whole family can enjoy. Pack a few throw blankets and prepare all your favorite snacks and treats for a gorgeous afternoon relaxing outside under the sun. Make your picnic into a potluck by inviting your family and friends to join for a fun day outdoors. Or, keep it intimate and romantic and bring only your significant other and a bottle of champagne for a special and beautiful day.
Take your hike or your picnic to the next level by packing your tent and going camping. Especially in times of social distancing, going camping is the best way to get out of the house and go on an adventure while still avoiding crowds. Whether at a nearby national park or in the comfort of your own backyard, pitching a tent and telling ghost stories is a fun way to do something different that still feels like going on holiday.
No need to jet set to Thailand or Mexico for the best of world cuisine. Use your staycation to explore world cuisine from the comforts of your own home. If you enjoy cooking, make a plan to prepare a meal every day of the week from your favorite food destination: Indian curry Monday, Mexican tacos Tuesday, and so on. If cooking isn't your forte, then do some research on the best restaurants in town that offer you choices of international cuisine. Unbutton your pants in preparation for a tasty week in!
Get the whole family involved for a day of tournaments, games, and fun. Whether you’re into board games or sports, plan a fun-filled day for everyone with snacks and prizes. This is especially great for keeping the kids busy at home. Go all out and make yourself teams and jerseys to get really into the team spirit.
Vacation can be busy and stressful, and sometimes we even return home feeling like we need a vacation from our vacation. Staycation can solve that problem. Use this opportunity to perfect the art of relaxation. Stay in your women’s pajamas with a cup of coffee and your favorite book. Take the time to journal, meditate, or listen to some music. Just sit back and relax and enjoy being home. Read that book, turn off your phone, disconnect, and sink into relaxation.
Who doesn’t love a spa day? If you can’t book a spa day at a local spa, then plan to host your own spa day in the comforts of your own home. Buy some au naturel face masks, get your hubby to rub you down with some sweet smelling massage oil, take a bubble bath with candles and incense, and treat your skin to an exfoliating scrub. No need to leave the comforts of your bath robe or bath towels to experience the luxury of a spa day for your staycation.
Use your staycation time to get into that workout or yoga routine you’ve been dreaming of. Commit to a daily work out or yoga class and let the good feels roll. Many studios and fitness centers offer specials for new clients, so take advantage and get sweaty. If there aren't any studios or centers nearby, there are so many online platforms that allow for great workouts and yoga classes at home. The best part of this is, you get to wear those comfy leggings all week long.
Staycations are a great, easy, and affordable way to go on vacation without spending a lot of money. You’ll feel recharged and rebooted without even having to leave the house.