You've worked hard and hit your goals non-stop. Now you're ready for a vacation. If that's you, there's no better way to recharge that some good old time off. However, the reality is, we are in a global pandemic that leaves you with few options. Not to worry though our staycation ideas are here to save the day!
Pandemic aside, even if you can travel, vacations can cost a pretty penny. You have to pay for flights, hotels, transport, food, and activities. You also need emergency funds just in case things don't go as planned. It can quickly add up. Whatever the case, know that there are options. In this article, we'll discuss some fun staycation ideas that will leave you refreshed and ready to get back to work in no time!
Why a staycation is a great idea
There are many reasons why a staycation is a great idea! First of all, you save a ton of money with a staycation. No flights and no hotels? That's instantly hundreds if not thousands of dollars saved. With a regular vacation, a huge part of your budget goes to travel. However, the truth is you spend only a handful of hours on that flight. The same goes for accommodation. You only sleep in your hotel or Airbnb for just a few hours.
Another reason a staycation is a great idea is that it saves you time. Flying halfway across the world to Thailand is amazing. But you only have so many days of vacation, and spending a good chunk of the time on a plane is not the most efficient. Add to that the stress and annoyance that you might experience from lengthy airport procedures. Plus the high cost of everything at the airport - not fun.
Lastly, you'll have a chance to pamper yourself in your own home! Think of it. You can wave goodbye to your daily routine, put your feet up, and actually enjoy the space you live in. There is no greater gift!
Rules to have an incredible staycation
To kick off a great staycation, you need to set some ground rules. Here are a few that will ensure you have an amazing time off.
Wave goodbye to social media
If you want to really enjoy your staycation, get off social media. Scrolling through your Instagram feed can be wildly addictive. In fact, on average, users spend hours a day on the app. If you've ever spent any time on a social media app, you'll know that what may seem to be 1 minute here and two minutes there, quickly adds up. Before you know it, your entire day is gone.
Turn off your phone
Our phones nowadays are more than a means of communication. They are a gateway into the rest of the world. Phone calls, texts, apps, surfing the web - the list is endless. Your coworkers too know exactly where to find you through it. By every means possible, turn it off.
Block your calendar
For all the planners out there, there's a time to not have plans. Staycations are meant to be relaxing and sometimes, the sight of a schedule can be anything but. Put away your planning tools and let the sun be your guide on time.
15 of the best staycation ideas
As you plan your time off to take a staycation, here are our top 15 best staycation ideas. You can make it extra fun by planning with a friend or with family members as well!
1. Go camping in your backyard
Feeling pumped to go camping? You can do so right in your own back yard! Grab a tent and some sleeping bags and set up camp. You'll also want to load up your grill and prep some good food. To make it extra fun, don't forget the s'mores!
2. Tackle a fun (and overdue) project
We all have them. You know those projects you're truly excited about but never have time for? Now is the time to do them. You'll not only feel good about working on them but nine times out of ten, they will also improve your home environment. Whether its art, home decor, or gardening projects, you'll find it rewarding to get started. Better yet, if you have a family-friendly project, you can get them involved too!
3. Give yourself a makeover
Let's be honest. With new working from home routines, it's so easy to let go of yourself. With the pandemic, many people couldn't get to the hairdresser or to the nail salon. Very quickly, they adjusted to new work from home routines.
If this is you, and you're itching for a new look, give yourself a makeover! Get a new haircut, throw on some makeup, or give your wardrobe a nice refresh. You'll be glad you did!
4. Have a spa day
This is a must. You're on vacation and you deserve a break. A spa day is one of the best ways to reset during your time off. You can get a facial, you can do your nails or you can get a massage. Whatever you do, it will help you look and feel great!
5. Set up a home theater
Got a projector or a big screen at home? Turn your TV room into your own home theater. A theater is great for three reasons: 1) it is dark, 2) the screen display is HUGE and 3) there are no distractions. Dedicate a room as your home theater, make some popcorn and enjoy!
6. Order in
Tired of cooking? Treat yourself during your staycation and order in! Home-cooked meals are great but every once in awhile, takeout does wonders. You're meant to take time off your usual routine with a staycation and staying away from the kitchen will help you achieve that goal!
7. Create a hygge home
Ever heard of the term hygge? Hygge is a Danish term that refers to well-being and happiness. It's a lifestyle adopted by Danes that promotes happiness.
Hygge is more than a feeling. It's a set of deliberate actions that boosts your well being and surroundings. For example, you can create a hygge home by lighting candles, or making a cozy latte. You can add new lighting to your home or introduce new plants. These little actions will go a long way in turning your house into a home.
8. Netflix and chill
Over the years, some names have become household staples. Netflix is no exception. You might not have time during your regular routine for tv, but during a staycation, Netflix is a must. The beauty is you can catch up in entire series all in one go - guilt-free! This is one of the most perfect staycation ideas in our opinion!
Journaling offers a ton of benefits. It helps to reduce anxiety, boost creativity, or to organize your thoughts. For many people, journaling is a daily activity that helps them start or wind down the day. For others, it's occasional. Whatever the case, keeping a journal will help you record special moments. There is no better time to journal than during a staycation.
10. Take a virtual museum or park tour
Did you know that museums and parks offer virtual tours? This can be a fantastic way to experience national gems like Yosemite Park without paying an arm and a leg for travel. Virtual tours are great for families with kids or for adults to enjoy locations. Virtual tours are perfect while you're staycationing because you can go on as many as you would like, across as many borders as you want right from your couch.
11. Set up family tournaments
If your family is into games, you can host a board game tournament. These can be a ton of fun for everyone! Stock up on snacks, drinks, and good music and you'll be well on your way! For game ideas, check out Amazon's best sellers for some cool ideas.
12. Make time to reconnect
There's never a bad time to reconnect with friends and loved ones. During a staycation, you have more than enough time to call those friends you haven't spoken with in a long time.
Relationships are so important and sometimes we take them for granted because of our busy schedules. However, they add meaning and vibrancy to day to day life. It's always important to nurture and make the most of them because tomorrow is not promised.
13. Plan a day trip
If you need a bit of an adrenaline rush, a day trip is a perfect fix! Day trips are really easy to plan and will help you discover new areas you never knew existed. Look up some key attractions to visit, identify nice restaurants to try out, and make the most of it!
14. Take a hike
Hiking never gets old and it's one of our favorite staycation ideas! If you've been cooped up in the house, your body is probably begging for activity. A hike is a perfect way to merge outdoor activity with your indoor routine. Identify some cool trails, pack a meal and snacks, and don't forget your navigating equipment. You'll be in for a treat!
15. Cast your vision
It's often difficult to think beyond the next 24 hours let alone for the next 5 years. Yet a staycation is the perfect time to cast a vision for the next 5 years. What are your goals? Are you on the right path to achieving them? Is there anything you wish you were doing differently? Are your budgeting goals in good shape? Any plans to buy a home?
Vision casting can be a very relaxing way to plan for your future. And there's no better time to do it than when you are on vacation.
Have fun and enjoy your staycation!
No matter what you choose to do during your staycation, the most important thing is to remember to have fun and make the most of it! It's a time to let go of your regular day to day commitments and to focus on you!
At the end of it, you'll come back with 10 times more energy and passion... so make the most of it!