Unfortunately, many of us have had to pivot and our vacation plans have taken a detour. Taking time off is still important. Here are ten creative ideas to help with your staycation planning:
1. Has anyone figured out work life balance yet?
So you scheduled your time off. Let’s begin with the first task you must complete to have the ultimate staycation – set communication boundaries between yourself and work. Just because you aren’t traveling to a different time zone doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve to disconnect from work and work-related responsibilities.
Set up automatic email responses. You can detail your availability, for instance if you will be taking phone calls or have access to emails during the time you have off. Avoid telling colleagues that you will remain reachable throughout your staycation time if you would prefer to completely unplug. Remember, this is your time for you to disconnect with stressors and reconnect with relaxation.
2. Something smells good!
Some may argue that the one of the best aspects of a great vacation is to enjoy great food. Try out one off those Pinterest recipes that have been pinned to your board for far too long. Crank up the tunes (or set some light background music and get to cookin’! Recruit a member of the family to set up a restaurant worthy table.
Pro tip: Unload the dishwasher while the meal is cooking for a quick and stress-free cleanup.
3. Bring the restaurant to you
Not feeling especially chef worthy this staycation? Don’t worry, you can still experience the convenience of a restaurant style meal without heading out. Many local eateries provide take-home, restaurant-style meal kits. One of our favorites is Spokane local, NectarHOME, for their delicious, nutritious and flavorful meals that can be cooked from the comfort of your own home. The best part? All the prep work is done by Nectar catering’s award-winning team.
Visit nectarcateringandevents.com to preorder your meal kits today.
4. Family yoga session
Vacation is all about rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Yoga has been known to decrease a variety of health ailments including anxiety, depression, inflammation, poor sleep quality and much more. The key to a happy staycation is a healthy staycation: for both you and the whole family! The great worldwide web is at your service. Research free relaxation activities that provide a routine for you and your family to do together, just like you might if staying at a fancy resort.
5. Treat yourself!
Everyone has his or her own beauty regime. Write down a list of the products that make up your ideal spa day. You can save money by creating your own DIY products. Examples of these products include face masks created from products you might already have in your pantry, DIY bath bombs and even homemade hair masks with natural and nourishing products.
Pro tip: Contact your local salon to inquire if they have any take home salon spa kits at an affordable price.
6. Did someone say cocktail?
For some, a relaxing vacation isn’t complete without a delicious cocktail or mocktail. If you don’t categorize yourself as an experienced mixologist, fear not! Chances are one of your local bars has created some form of a take-home kit with premeasurements so that mixing up a delicious cocktail at home is as simple as following a few, easy steps.
Charley’s Grill and Spirits, one of Spokane’s favorites, has developed several take home drink kits for you to whip up at home. Best part? Bring the mason jar glass that you received in your drink kit back and receive $1 off your next drink!
Visit charleysgrill.com to pre-order your drink kit of choice.
7. Family camping trip!
Spending time at home during your staycation doesn’t mean you and your family can’t get some fresh air. How about the backyard perhaps? After all, it doesn’t truly matter where you are, it’s who you are with that makes the experience special. Pitch a tent in the back yard and pile on the pillows!
Live in an apartment complex? Bring the fun of camping indoors with a blanket fort, spooky stories and a whole lot of s’mores!
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Check out these awesome blanket fort design ideas here.
8. Selfcare is not selfish
It is just as important to take care of your mental health as it is to take care of your physical health. Remember to take a break to ensure that you are taking some time for yourself. Write a letter or give a loved one a call. Take a bubble bath or enjoy an early morning cup of coffee and good book. Reach out to old friends and chat with new ones. We’re all craving a little social interaction and it’s possible with virtual chats like Zoom or Facetime. Drive-way parties are also a fun way to see friends and family at an outdoor, 6-foot distance. Staying connected to those you love is a wonderful way to recharge.
9. Shop till you drop
If you’re like us, most vacations include fun shopping at the tourist locations. Lucky for you, there are thousands of shops at your fingertips. Did you plan on visiting Italy this year? Maybe Mexico was more your dream? Regardless of your country of choice, you can still purchase and have goods shipped to you right from your planned travel destination. Or, visit those local boutiques you have been wanting to try but never seem to have the time. Many are doing virtual shopping events to give you the in-person experience without visiting the store.
Pro tip: Make sure to stay updated with in-person shopping and international shipping restrictions. Visit the retailer’s website or the USPS website for regularly updated information.
10. It’s okay to dream
We’re all dreaming of the epic travel plans that we hope to experience in the future. What better way to spend your staycation time than to plan future vacations? You can’t lay on the sandy white beaches of the Bahamas someday if you don’t start planning now. We know it’s no fun to be cooped up, but it doesn’t mean your imagination has to be.
Start researching savings accounts that can help you get on a financial path toward a fabulous vacation. Head over to www.globalcu.org/savings to learn about the smart ways to save with Global.
Finally, don’t forget to document your staycation. While we will all look back at this time as perhaps not ideal, in fifteen years, your kids or grandkids will want to know what you did during the pandemic. Remember the old stories our elders told of walking 5 miles to school, uphill both ways in the snow? We’ll have some great stories to tell as well; toilet paper shortage anyone?
We hope one of this ideas will help you make some amazing staycation memories – and the best part? You won’t break the bank!