Did you have to cancel the ultimate vacation because of the coronavirus pandemic? You’re not alone. Many people had to put their vacation plans on hold because of lockdowns and travel restrictions. Adding to the anxiety, travel industry experts forecast that it won’t be till at least next year before traveling goes back to a semblance of normalcy.
You might as well enjoy some of your vacation time by going on an ever-popular staycation. Take a 3-day weekend or a whole week off if you can spare it. We all deserve a much-needed break. Here we’ve got a few out-of-the-ordinary staycation ideas that will make you feel like you still went on the vacation of a lifetime.
So let your hair down, ditch your custom-branded workwear for now, pour yourself a glass of wine, and be prepared to have some fun!
- Do Nothing
Alright, so that might be the complete opposite of “having fun,” but hear us out. What’s the first thing you do on a regular weekend? We’re guessing you do household chores that you had to forego during the workweek. Even though most of us are working from home and have been doing chores in between working and possibly parenting, they still tend to pile up and might seem never-ending.
We propose that on the first one or two days of your staycation, you should do nothing. Forget the laundry. Forget the cooking and the cleaning. Order take-out. Binge-watch a Netflix show. Lounge in your bed or your couch all day if you want. Do anything besides what you would typically do. There’s a subtle are to being lazy, and the first couple of days of a staycation is the perfect chance to practice it.
- Enjoy a Culture Day.
The Korean Wave is still riding high and fast. And we won’t judge you for using your veg out days to binge-watch a Korean drama or two. Why not try to recreate what you’ve watched in your home? If your original travel plans included international travel, you could do this for your country of destination too.
Decorate your home in that country’s flag. Print out photos of their scenery and landscape and frame them temporarily. Line up some movies, TV shows, or music from that country that you can enjoy. But most of all, get their food. Take it a step further and try to make it yourself. This way, it would feel like you’ve been transported to another world, yet you never even left home.
- Do Volunteer Work.
Make your staycation count by taking some time to give back to your community. If you have kids, this is the perfect opportunity to teach them the values of compassion and kindness. Shelters, both for people and for animals, are always in need of volunteers, so they are usually the first place you can start with. If you’re a good cook, offer to bring a dish to a soup kitchen or volunteer to give out food. By doing something altruistic, you’re not only able to take a break from work but also feed your soul.
Spa days and camping out in your backyard are always fun staycation ideas, but these three activities will make it feel more like a vacation, less of a simple break from work.