Staycations Are Increasing
The coronavirus pandemic and social lockdowns boosted a new way for families to unwind together without traveling: Staycations. Staycations are defined simply as vacations spent at home or without leaving your local community, but they have become so much more than that. While pre-COVID staycations may have been spontaneous decisions necessitated by busy family schedules and/or limited expendable incomes, such “holistays” now are well-planned, detailed, and even luxurious as the idea/industry has blossomed. In other words, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, staycations got serious.
As the old saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and say-at-home orders have generated great ideas on how people can relax and enjoy themselves without breaking quarantine. Not only have people learned how to stay active and imaginative while at home, many have realized that staycations can be just as enjoyable as traveling and have decided to keep their ideas as a permanent part of their vacation repertoires going forward.
Here are some great staycation ideas we have seen come out of 2020 that will continue into 2021:
Create your staycation by doing the home improvements you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to. Use the disposable income you now have — since you are not spending it any other way — and make lasting renovations that turn your home into an ideal vacation spot.
Build that pool or hot tub you have always wanted. Both of these items will add to your recreation, physical health, and mental relaxation. Imagine being able to swim slaps or just float in a pool chair with a good book in summer or sit in a warm massaging hot tub in winter or on a cool evening. Either way, your body will relax, your mind will be free of stress, and your mental and physical health will improve.
Create a garden or general yardscape that becomes your personal oasis. How often have you visited a place with a garden or acres of landscaped grounds and just walked? Well, why not create your own? Whether you do it yourself or hire professionals, your yard will become your oasis, full of soothing colors, intoxicating aromas, and bird and insect song that will lull you into a state of calm. If you have just put in a pool or hot tub, why not surround it with flowers, trees, and shrubs that fold you in and make you feel lost in a new world?
Embrace the Patio
If you want to enjoy your backyard but don’t want to do a major home improvement project, no problem! You can transform your yard into a getaway location without massive renovations. Buy yourself a new grill and master your outdoor cooking skills.
Or, if you want to keep it simpler, lay down a blanket and just enjoy your yard — you can picnic where you sit, play outdoor games like cornhole or bocce, or just sit and watch the birds. Get a small fire pit you can sit around when it gets dark, put up a movie screen and projector and watch a movie under the stars, and afterwards spend the night in a tent. It’s a day and night the entire family will enjoy!
Getting outside does not have to mean staying in town or doing something commercial. When was the last time you went for a bicycle ride? You don’t have to be a kid to love pedaling around for hours and enjoying a beautiful day — although if you have kids they will love riding with their parents! If you don’t have bikes you can rent some. If biking is not your thing, you’ll be amazed at how many day hikes you can find wherever you live: there are canal pathways to walk, wooded trails to meander, or city streets to investigate wherever you may live. It’s as simple as doing a web search for “hiking trails near me.”
Want to really feel like your own vacation, when other people do everything for you and all you have to do is make a request and relax? You don’t need to visit a hotel or spa to make it happen.
From something as simple as hiring a house cleaning service or a laundry service, to having food delivered to your door, you can relax and have someone else do the work. If you want to take it a step higher, hire a trained chef to make you and your loved ones an amazing meal in your own home, then follow it up with an in-home massage or spa treatment.
Make it Your Own
Finally, there is so much you can do to forget the troubles of your everyday life and have tons of fun without leaving your house or spending much money — especially now that quarantine restrictions are loosening. Invite over family or friends and have your own cooking night: pick some recipes out of a cookbook you forgot you had and just start cooking. Sitting around with people you love while making a new dish and then tasting your creation is a blast.
Game nights are also a fun way to engage your entire family. You can start with outdoor games in your yard and then move inside (or onto the your recently remodeled patio) to play board games, card games, or whatever you like. Challenge each other to high scores, learn games you’ve never played, or just dust off the games you used to love but haven’t played in years. (Combine this night with cooking night and play games while you eat food you made yourself.)
If you want to move around a bit more and get physical while you have fun, make your own scavenger hunt. You can use household items to find or buy some fun items at your local dollar store. Buy a trophy or create a grand prize for the person who completes the scavenger hunt first.
Hopefully, the coronavirus pandemic and need to stay at home or socially distance is ending, but, even if it is, there are so many staycation ideas you can use to escape the mundane without leaving your home or community. You don’t have to take a trip to do something adventurous, fun, and memory-making. You can create your own vacation whenever you want!