Every once in a while, people put aside their daily life and escape on vacation, somewhere far away from reality. They might go camping in the mountains, or a cruise, or an exotic beach.
However, there are times those plans may have to be temporarily shelved. But the desire to escape reality is still there. So, if you’re staying home, how can that off-work journey happen? We have some tips for creating great vacation memories without ever leaving home. It’s called a staycation.
What’s a staycation?
A staycation is, quite simply, a vacation at home. You decide how you want to make it. Theme it up for a more authentic “away-from-home” experience.
What makes a great staycation? Well, that depends on your definition of vacation. Some people want adventure, while others want to relax, and maybe other people like doing DIY projects at home. So, what would you enjoy doing during your staycation?
Commit to it
Once you’ve decided to schedule a staycation, commit to it, and plan for it. If you’re working, ask for those days off. Don’t just say you’re going to have a vacation and spend the weekend doing nothing while watching movies unless that’s the type of staycation you planned.
Whenever you’re going on vacation in your home, try to unplug from work and responsibilities. Don’t check your work emails and messages unless it’s necessary. Remember, you’re out of office.
The idea is to get away from stress, away from reality. Just concentrate on your vacation experience. This is the time to be good to yourself.
Prepare for your staycation as much as you’d prep for any other vacation. Create your itinerary. Decide on what kind of staycation you would like. You can make it cultural, fun, relaxing. Write down your vacation goals, and plan accordingly. If you don’t want to cook, you can order delivery from local restaurants.
Before your official vacation starts, do all the necessary preparations. Complete all chores in advance. You don’t want to be cleaning, sorting, and folding while on vacation, do you?
Set the Mood for your Staycation
Create a staycation space. Whatever your theme is, run with it. Look at magazines or travel websites for inspiration. Think about the destination you want. Paradise under the palms? Set a margarita station at home, go barefoot like you’re on the beach, and set up a hammock to chill. Make it happen. This is all about helping you feel like you’re somewhere else.
How about a pampering week, helping you release all the stress that’s built up this year? Consider a self-care “getaway”. Do a spa day, where you enjoy a bubble bath, adding some calming essential oils like lavender or chamomile. Do a manicure or pedicure and add a face mask. Then, wrap yourself up in the soft hug of a luxurious robe. This vacation is all about being good to yourself.
Plan Future Vacations
There’s no time like the present to ponder where you’d like to visit. Look online for exciting destinations, and then start searching for places you can stay. What kind of activities can you participate in while there? Take notes, plan your budget, and work out the details, so when it’s time, you’ll have all ready for your next adventure.
Fun for the Whole Family
If you’re with your family and yearning for a vacation, build a staycation with a family-friendly theme or activities. There are ways you can spend quality, vacation-esque time as a family, and create beautiful memories.
Go camping for your staycation. Set up a tent in the backyard, complete with sleeping bags and camp lights. Pack up snacks like marshmallows to craft some smores, string lights in the trees, or at the top of the tent for some extra ambiance.
Night in for the Parents
Parents may need a vacation from their kids. Try to set up a cozy, romantic area for your loved one. Group candles around your backyard, set up a hammock or pillows to relax. Chill a bottle of your favorite beverage. Set some music and relax.
Renovate a Space in your Home
For those who need to be active during vacations, think about renovating a space at home. Update your bedroom, adding new curtains or blinds. Turn that basement into a new game room, guest room, or home office.
Whatever your stay-at-home vacation is, try to make it happen. The vacation you take this holiday, at your own home, may spark some of the best memories ever. Don’t forget to take photos!