You don’t have to travel to a faraway destination to enjoy a great vacation. With a staycation, you can forget about packing a suitcase and delayed flights, and focus on the food and fun at your doorstep – literally! To make the most of those fun vacation vibes, take a look at these great ways to create a relaxing escape at home and fun ideas for activities that will make you feel like a tourist in your hometown.
The key to planning a great staycation is to prepare your home. After all, it’s the small details that make you feel like you are on a trip. Whether you hire a professional cleaning company to get your home in tip-top shape, or incorporate small details like fresh flowers or scented candles that evoke your senses, these small touches can make all the difference. You may also want to consider splurging on spa-like essentials like luxurious new sheets, lavender soap, or a plush robe and slippers.
Now that your home feels like a resort, you should also dine like you’re on vacation, too. Set up a table on your patio and enjoy a romantic dinner under the stars with take out from your favorite restaurant. Be sure to include your favorite wine – and dessert – to make your meal memorable.
To make every day an extraordinary experience, consider stopping by a local specialty market for items like gourmet cheese, flavored coffee or decadent desserts. Remember, this is a time to splurge on your favorite items.
No vacation is complete without a few fun activities. Put on your favorite vacation shirt and visit a few local attractions in your area. Branch out and check out places you’ve never been to, such as museums, outdoor concerts and a local theater, or tour a local factory or brewery.
You can also use this time to try a new activity like go karts, horseback riding, pottery painting, learning yoga or canoeing in a nearby lake or river. Another fun idea is geocaching, an outdoor treasure hunting game utilizing a GPS-enabled device to find a geocache (container) hidden at a specific location. There are apps available to help you get started with this fun adventure.
Checking into a local hotel for the night is also a fun option. Be sure to do a little research and choose a location with great amenities like a pool, spa services and delicious restaurants. Some hotels even offer special activities for the kids during the summer.
Make your time at home fun, too, with a competitive evening of board games or a movie marathon – complete with movie theater popcorn. You can also opt for some time in the great outdoors by setting up a tent in your backyard and enjoying a campout. And, don’t forget about having a campfire (or grill) to enjoy a feast with s’mores or setting up a telescope for a fun evening gazing at the stars!
Remember that the key to a great staycation is to find things to do that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, truly making your days like a relaxing escape.