With travel temporarily on hold, it doesn’t mean that vacation mentality needs to be completely off the cards. Planning a stay at home break can bring all the benefits of a far-flung adventure (perhaps minus the sun depending on where you live). However, our home is our castle and where better to sink into sweet relaxation – free from traffic, flight transfers, and costly dinners out, than in our own luscious abode. For those who are ready to embrace the benefits of a sublime staycation, we have a host of heavenly ideas to make memories at home…
A Few of Your Favorite Things
We all have a stash of our best things that we are saving for a special occasion and now is the time to pull them out of their boxes. Whether it's your best silk pyjamas, your best bath salts, your best linen sheets or that bottle of vintage wine you have been stashing in the back of the cupboard for years, your staycation is all about pulling out those luxury items to celebrate this time.
Take Classes Online
If you were staying at a swank resort, odds are you would sign up for a bunch of amazing all-inclusive activities, from cooking classes in Mexico to yin yoga mornings. Just because you are at home doesn’t mean you need to skip that schedule. The World Wide Web is brimming with tutorials and classes that can keep you as active as you feel. Start your day with a chilled-out yoga class and then take your afternoon cooking class with a world-class chef and listen to a lecture on some aspect of culture you love.
Read and Rest
For some people, one of the best things about vacation is having the time to actually rest up and delve deep into summer reads. Don’t be tempted to spend your whole time fixing up the house and doing dull daily chores as this is not what a staycation is all about. Instead, pile up the books you want to read and sprawl out on the lawn all afternoon with a home-packed picnic and hand-shaken cocktail. Don’t feel guilty about taking naps and long baths, this is how you bring simple pleasures of time and space back into your world.
Soak Up Culture
If you start to get restless in your own abode you can wander the museums and cultural sights of the world. With the current situation, tons of museums have flung open their doors to offer virtual tours around their galleries. From the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, you can drink up all that glorious art. Alongside art, there are tons of concerts, operas and theater shows being streamed live also so why not don your best dress for a night at the virtual opera.
Turn your bathroom into a home spa and spend hours indulging in perfect pampering treatments. We are talking essential oils, bubble baths, homemade natural face masks, hair treatments, and pedicures. Spruce up your spa surroundings so picking a soothing playlist on Spotify and lighting a few candles to get the essence flowing.
Order Amazing Food
If you want to get that ‘out to dinner’ feeling while at home but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen then considering ordering from your favorite restaurants if they are still trading. Many restaurants have turned to offering delivery options to keep going during this period meaning you can still dine out by dining in. Not only do you get a great meal, but you help keep these places going. It’s a win for everyone.
If you are missing the great outdoors, then turn to your own backyard and plan to sleep beneath the stars. A tent, a sleeping bag, a fire pit, your dog, and suddenly you have a replicate experience of your best camping trips.
What tips do you have to make your staycation the best ever? Share in the comments.