Staycation: 6 Ideas to Enjoy a Relaxing Vacation at Home

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It’s possible to have a vacation without the stress of crowds, airports, traffic and packing suitcases — use your time off to truly relax. Enjoy your staycation without the pressure of having to constantly experience something different and new. Here are some ideas as to what your staycation could look like.

For those who haven’t heard of the latest vacation trend, the term staycation comes from combining “stay” with “vacation”. Instead of flying or traveling long distances, you spend your time off locally. Enjoy everything you love about vacation and free yourself from the stress and environmental destruction that travel can cause.

The benefits: Your staycation starts the moment you finish work. No need to waste time making elaborate plans and seeking out the best flight and hotel deals. Long-distance travel is usually associated with high CO2 emissions – in this respect, a staycation gives you and the environment a well-deserved break! 

The Corona pandemic popularized the staycation trend: No need to worry about travel restrictions and crowded tourist hotspots. Have a safe and healthy holiday: be inspired by our staycation ideas!

#1 Staycation Ideas for Wellness Lovers

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Whether you go to a spa for a treatment or have one done at home, it definitely feels like a vacation (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Andrea Piacquadio)

Allow yourself and your body some time out. Homemade face masks, natural hair treatments (like coconut oil), and freshly mixed body lotion make skin and hair shine. 

A massage is also a great way to relax – back massages or hand massages do body and soul some good. You can also do yourself some good with a foot massage, try making your own massage oil! Use certified natural cosmetics for the sake of the environment and your health. Have a good time and just take time for yourself and your body. 

#2 Staycation for Foodies

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Been wanting to cook but haven’t had the time? A staycation is the perfect reason to try out new recipes! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Flora Westbrook)

What could be nicer than having a real feast on vacation? So here’s a staycation idea: Take your time to cook elaborate dinners or try out those time-consuming recipes you’ve had your eye on. With regional and seasonal ingredients there’s always a new recipe to try! For cooking inspiration, check out some of our recipes:

Get to know local restaurants in your area. HappyCow shows which restaurants in your area offer vegan or vegetarian food. If you eat at a restaurant, bring your own container so that you can take any leftovers with you without having to use single-use packaging.

Keep in mind that typical delivery services usually involve a lot of disposable and packaging material. When you order food, indicate when ordering that you would like the food to be delivered without menus, disposable cutlery, and napkins. If ordering online, use the comments section at the bottom of the order form.

#3 Absolute Relaxation

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Breakfast in bed is the ultimate staycation luxury (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels -

Travel is often associated with the pressure to make the absolute most of every minute. You end up experiencing a lot on your vacation, though relaxing isn’t one of these things. In contrast, a staycation is ideal for reducing stress and decelerating. You get to spend time in a familiar environment and simply have some time off.

So how does simply relaxing sound for a staycation idea? Remember, even if you’re staying at home, it’s your vacation! Would you normally use your vacation time to do household chores or other errands? No! So take the time off completely. Sleep in, read books, meditate, go for a walk or just do nothing at all if you feel like it. A digital detox gives you even more time for yourself. 

You can also stay in bed for a whole day if you like! Spend your vacation exactly how you want to – so long as you enjoy it, it’s not a waste of time.

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#4 Outdoorsy Staycation Ideas

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Get outdoors and explore your backyard! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Josh Willink )

Even if you like getting outdoors and prefer more active vacations, there’s a staycation for you. Most of us have never taken the time to fully explore our own backyard. Look up popular excursions, hiking routes, and places of interest in the area that you’ve never visited before. Now you finally have time for those activities you tell guests to do when they come visit your city. 

Even if your region doesn’t have incredible sites to see, there is still a lot to experience. Here’s another staycation idea: Alastair Humphreys (Adventurer of the Year 2012), has developed the concept of a micro-adventure. In short, a micro-adventure is about experiencing nature without having to travel. According to Humphreys, a micro-adventure involves an overnight stay in the great outdoors. If you need a tent, canoe, or other equipment for your trip, consider asking friends, using social media groups, or check your local outdoor equipment store to see if they have rental programs.

#5 Staycations for Hobbyists

Staycations offer time for creativity. The sewing project that you have been putting off, the piece of furniture that you’ve been meaning to build: now you finally have the time for it! Want to learn something completely new? Online courses teach many different skills.

The most important thing is that you enjoy doing it. If you hate doing home renos, don’t waste your vacation time doing them. But if you love DIY projects, use your vacation to paint, wallpaper, or do small repairs and give your home a breath of fresh air. 

#6 Staycation Ideas: Change of Scenery

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Use your staycation to get outside your comfort zone and try something new. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - James Frid)

Want an escape from your own home? Feel like a change of scenery? Swap apartments with friends for a few days. Decide which rooms or closets are private and which things are allowed to be used. This will allow you to spend your vacation in the same city or area but gain a different perspective. If you’ve been working from home, this will allow you to truly switch off and get away from work. Maybe you can even try out another type of dwelling, like a tiny house!

Another staycation idea is to book a vacation apartment or hotel room in your region. You don’t need to travel far to experience something completely different!

This article has been translated from German by Karen Stankiewicz. You can view the original here: Staycation: 6 Tipps für einen nachhaltigen Urlaub zu Hause

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