Spring break is here, but there are no flights out of town on the itinerary. You don’t need to jet out of town to enjoy spring break. Instead, make way for some excellent domestic downtime by planning an epic staycation for you and the whole family. Stick around town, stay home, and enjoy some local color for a low-key spring break that offers all the relaxing and recharging of vacation. We’ve put together our list of ways to have the best spring staycation, and you don’t even have to pack your bags!
If you can’t go to the spa, then bring the spa to you! Turn your staycation into a spa-cation with a few simple steps to get an at-home experience filled with pampering and self-care. Structure your staycation like a spa experience by getting all the materials beforehand and then planning to stay in for your spa days. Plan to spend your spa-cation in your women’s robe and slippers for the full spa effect. Light some candles, put on some relaxing music, and light some incense or set up a diffuser to set the mood. Use luxurious face masks, body butter, bath salts, and more to create the perfect spa experience in the comfort of your own home. You can even go the extra mile and make it a whole wellness retreat experience. Plan to detox with fresh juices, meditation, yoga, and a healthy diet so you feel completely revitalized at the end of your staycation.
Feel like you’re on a wild adventure for your spring staycation by planning a fun camping trip. Whether you’re going camping in the nearby national park or just in your backyard, sleeping outside under the stars is going to feel fantastic. It will seem as if you’re escaping the cabin fever of your home without having to go too far. A low-key camping trip is also a great staycation idea for the whole family to do together. Since spring break can still be chilly in some places, bring the proper gear to sleep comfortably and stay warm. Pack your fleece pajamas and some warm sweaters so no one gets too chilled.
Get out of the house for your spring staycation with a fun local road trip. This is another great staycation idea that's great for the whole family to enjoy. Pull out the map and pin some local sites and landmarks that make good stopping points. Taking a cruise through your region is a great way to explore your own backyard while still feeling like you’re on an adventure. Grab some snacks, make a great playlist that you can sing along to, and fill up a backpack for a fun day of cruising and exploring.
One of the fun parts of going on holiday is that you get to eat out and enjoy some new foods and flavors. Even if you’re planning to have a staycation at home for spring break, you can still make your holiday a cuisine cruise. Taste flavors and specialties from around the world by ordering in foods from your local restaurants. You can even dress the part and set the mood as if you are actually on holiday in that place. Ordering Indian food? Put on your favorite maxi skirt and tunic top and some sitar tunes. Ordering tacos? Slip into a beach dress and make yourself a mojito. Is it a wood-fired pizza night? What would you wear strolling through the palazzo in Rome on a warm spring night? Seems silly, but details really do matter, and setting the scene will have you feeling like you’re already there.
Similarly, instead of ordering in, you can also pull out your cookbooks and make a whole week out of cooking yourself across the world. Ordering in or cooking some exotic food is such a fantastic way to travel the world from the comfort of home, you might just start making it part of your weekly routine.
Drinking like a tourist doesn’t have to be ditched just because you’re on a staycation instead of vacation. Throw yourself a cocktail party, get dressed up, and shake up your favorite beverages. If you live in an area that has breweries, you can also grab a growler from a few of the breweries in your area and do your own at-home beer tasting. Just because we’re home doesn’t mean we can’t pretend we’re sipping cocktails on the beach.
One of the best ways to really feel like you’re on holiday is to switch off your devices. When we’re traveling to interesting places, it’s fun to be constantly taking photos and sending them to friends or uploading them to social media. When you’re on staycation, however, there’s no need to share anything with anyone! Switch off your phones and email, and enjoy the quiet and presence. One of the most important parts of a holiday is feeling rested and rebooted afterward. If you’re peeking into your work emails, then you’re not going to be giving yourself the full rest you deserve.
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean it can’t feel like a holiday. There are so many creative and fun ways to feel like you’re on vacation this spring break, even from the comforts of home. Staycation is the new vacation, so kick up your feet and enjoy!