If lockdown and quarantine had you chafing at the bit to get out, then the second wave of the pandemic in parts of the world may be a bitter pill to swallow. However, a good staycation may be exactly what you need to get through it!
With Europe’s ban on American visitors and interstate travel restricted in some places, a staycation seems the most plausible solution. Yet, the thought of seeing the same four walls while on “vacation” is not what you had in mind.
You want to unwind and relax. Can it be done in the same environment you spent stressing about the pandemic and your economic woes? Here are 5 ways to turn your staycation into the best vacation ever.
1. Change Your Bedroom Décor
By simply rearranging your room or changing the bedding, you can feel liberated. Add some candles or some hotel finishing touches like towels at the end of the bed and sample-sized toiletries, and let your imagination do the rest.
You can also change the decor to include a theme like a romantic French getaway. Polish your French while in “Paris” or invite an African safari onto your wall with a mini projector.
2. Take Turns Cooking A Feast
The best part of a vacation is room service. You can take turns to spoil each other if you have company on your staycation. Planning is crucial for room service to be successful, and it is best if discussed in advance.
There is nothing like waking up to the smell of coffee and toast wafting up to tickle your senses while you sleep. So bring those delicious moments into your home by planning out a feast for each person to create.
3. Upset Your Routine
The point of a holiday is to let your hair down and enjoy a change to your usual routine. Make sure to complete all household chores before the start of your staycation. You don’t want to be vacuuming and dusting while on “vacation.”
If you are at home with the kids, enjoy a pizza party on the living room floor, declare an all-day “pajama day,” or have a marathon movie night.
4. Invest In Souvenirs
Vacationing at home is a whole lot cheaper than going away, so spoil yourself and your loved ones with some memorable keepsakes of your staycation. Buy the kids some new pajamas for the “trip” or grab a fancy coffee mug for your spouse.
Treat yourself to that expensive little bottle of perfume you’ve been eyeing. It is one way to savor the memories of your stay at home vacation time.
5. At-Home Spa Experience
With oceanside massages off the table, housebound jet setters need to bring serenity into the home. Taking a steamed shower using essential oils is one way of delivering a spa experience.
Another way would be to indulge in a homemade body scrub, apply a face mask, and lay in the bathtub while listening to the sounds of the ocean drift through your AirPods.
Lastly, what is a vacation without photos? Take your phone out only to snap those memorable moments spent at home.