Staycations have grown in popularity in recent years. A recent poll found that 53 percent of the more than 100,000 participants had taken a staycation at some point, proving that forgoing traditional vacations for relaxing respites in the comfort of home is a wildly popular trend. While they might not be as exotic as venturing off to parts unknown, staycations need not be limited to days spent lounging by the backyard pool or laying out on the living room couch. The following are a handful of activities that can help people make the most of their staycations.
• Spa experience: Who doesn’t like the chance to engage in a little pampering when staying in a fancy hotel? Some of the same spa luxuries can be enjoyed during a staycation by treating yourself to the amenities at home. First, start by setting the mood and recreating a spa atmosphere at home with a scented diffuser and relaxing music. Indulge in beauty treatments such as facials, masks and body scrubs, relax in a steamy bath, and, of course, don’t forget the fluffiest towels, your favorite slippers, and your best bath robe.
• A day on the links: The opportunity to test one’s mettle on a new course in an idyllic setting is one golf lovers simply cannot pass up while vacationing. A similar challenge can be found when staying at home. Do a little homework to find the most challenging course within driving distance of your home and then book a tee time, treating yourself even further by indulging in a take out meal once your 18 holes are up.
• The wonders of nature: Professional and personal lives can make it hard to enjoy the great outdoors, even when it’s steps from your front door. During a staycation, commit to exploring local parks, hitting the trails to hike or mountain bike or renting a boat or kayak and taking to the water.
• “Go” camping: Parents of young children can make a staycation more special by spending a night camping in the backyard. Leave your devices indoors as you sit around the firepit telling stories and making some delicious s’mores. Then set up the tents and sleep under the stars for a memorable night in the “wild.”
• Rainy day: If the weather is not cooperating during your staycation, create a backup plan to add a little life to rainy days. Plan a daylong film festival in which each member of the family gets to choose a movie everyone can watch together. Make sure you have plenty of popcorn on hand and order in a few pizzas so everyone can focus on the films.
Families planning staycations can make these relaxing respites at home more enjoyable by incorporating a few unusual activities throughout the week.