Staycation Ideas: 6 Ways 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 — by taking a staycation instead, you can use your time off to truly relax. Here are some ideas as to what your staycation could look like.

The idea of a staycation is to spend your time off locally instead of traveling long distances. This will let you enjoy everything you love about taking a vacation without the stress and environmental destruction that travel can cause.

The best part is that 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 Coronavirus pandemic has popularized the staycation trend: staying local means not having to worry about travel restrictions or crowded tourist hotspots. Although not being able to travel can feel frustrating, taking the time to appreciate your own area can be truly rewarding. Check out these staycation ideas to help you get inspired.

#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 will definitely put you in the vacation state of mind. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Andrea Piacquadio)

Allow yourself and your body some time out. Try using homemade face masks, natural hair treatments, and nourishing body lotion to make your skin and hair shine. Or take a good long soak in the tub with a bit of DIY bath salt to make you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

A massage is also a great way to relax – a back, hand, or foot massage will do your body and soul some serious good. Try using massage oils with different scents to add a bit of aromatherapy to your at-home spa treatment. Be sure to use certified natural cosmetics for the sake of the environment and your health.

#2: Staycation for Foodies

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Been wanting to cook but haven’t had the time? A staycation is the perfect opportunity. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Flora Westbrook)

What is better than good food? Use your staycation to cook elaborate dinners or try out those time-consuming recipes you’ve had your eye on. With regional and seasonal ingredients there are always lots of delicious options. For some baking and cooking inspiration, check out these recipes:

If you don’t feel like cooking, get to know local restaurants in your area instead. 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 packaging material. When you order food, indicate when ordering that you would like the food to be delivered without menus, disposable cutlery, or 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 - picjumbo.com)

Travel is often associated with the pressure to make the absolute most of every minute. You end up experiencing a lot of things on your vacation, but relaxation isn’t usually one of them. 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.

It might sound crazy, but just relaxing at home can be a truly worthwhile way to spend your staycation. 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 want! Spend your vacation exactly how you want to – as long as you enjoy it, it’s not a waste of time.

Read on: JOMO – The Joy of Missing Out

#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 your local area that you’ve never visited before. Now you finally have time for those activities you tell guests to do when they come to 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. Check out his website for inspiration and tips. If you need a tent, canoe, or any other equipment for your trip, consider asking friends, using social media groups, or checking your local outdoor equipment store to see if they have rental programs.

#5: Staycation Ideas 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? Free online courses or youtube videos teach many different skills.

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

For some DIY inspiration, check out these guides:

#6: 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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