Vacations can be wonderful escapes but planes, trains, boats, hotels, eating out, and excursions can all add up quickly, at times resulting in more stress than relaxation. When you’re feeling worn-out and are looking for some time-off, away from the office, why not consider a staycation instead?
Staycations don’t have to mean lounging around in your pyjamas at home (though they can if that’s what you want to do!). Instead they can be a wonderful opportunity to explore your city, check out restaurants, shows, and museums you’re usually too busy to see, or to visit friends and family you don’t always have time to squeeze, and maybe even book a massage, facial, or any other service that will leave you feeling pampered. With a little planning and an open mind you can make a staycation feel just as relaxing as time away.
Get your chores out of the way ahead of time
The most important part of planning a staycation is making sure it doesn’t get ruined by chores. Make a list of the things you want to done prior to your time off, like laundry, dusting, and any other tasks you dislike, and get it out of the way and off your mind.
If you have the means to, why not consider giving yourself a break and hiring a cleaning service? Just make sure to ask that they come right before your staycation. On second thought, why not have them come before AND after? Just like in a hotel.
Comfort is key
Speaking of hotels, if your home were one, how many stars would you rate it for comfort? To completely relax, take the time to make it your own personal oasis. This will not only benefit you during your staycation, but will hopefully make your home a space you can relax in, regardless of whether you’re on vacation or coming home after a long day at work.
For some, that may mean splurging on an extra luxurious set of sheets or fancy bath products, for others it might be gourmet snacks or high-end coffee. Another option to consider is indulging in an at home massage, pedicure, manicure, or all three! Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t #treatyoself.
Make the city your playground
The same way you explore new countries and cities on vacation is how you should explore your own backyard! A proper staycation means getting out of the house — whether it’s relaxing in a hammock in your garden or on your patio, visiting museums, trying out that workout class that’s only offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, or simply sitting outside at your favourite neighbourhood coffee shop and people watching.
Remember, this is your time to not have a schedule, do whatever it is you like to do, and enjoy it!
Unless cooking is something you enjoy and that helps you relax, similar to chores, it’s best to get it out of the way.
Before your time off, chat with your family and decide which nights you’ll be cooking at home, and which will be reserved for take out or going out to eat and then make sure you have all the ingredients ready to go ahead of time.
You could also experiment with a food delivery service like Hello Fresh or Chefs Plate. These services were designed to simplify your life without taking away the enjoyment of cooking altogether. Ingredients are delivered to your door in ready-to-use quantities. All you need to do is follow the recipe.
Grab your friends!
To spice up your staycation, invite a few friends to play hooky with you! Ask your friends to take a day off and join you in your crazy adventures. Revisit one of your old nightclub haunts, head out on a road trip to the beach or do a vineyard tour, hit up a baseball game or golf course, or simply relax at the pool in someone’s backyard!
What are your favourite ways to spend a staycation?