How often do you get the feeling that it’s time to drop everything and get away? To have some real me-time with nothing to concern you apart from how to fully indulge yourself? However, all too often, the real world, in the form of work or other commitments, get in the way so you never actually book anything.

Never fear. You can always treat yourself at home instead by transforming your surroundings and creating a five-star staycation experience.

Creating Ambience

One of the main things that many people judge the quality of a hotel stay by is, not surprisingly, the bed. While getting a new mattress might be a bit excessive – and may even cost as much as going away – you might like to treat yourself to some luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, which are considered to be the best by many people.

Remember to buy some indulgent chocolates too and leave one on the pillow for a little bedtime treat.

Luxury Dining

Going away is also the time when you want to leave the cooking to someone else as well as to explore some new flavors and cuisines. The great news is that, these days, virtually anything that you could ever want from abalone to zabaglione is a phone call away. Delivered to your door, ordering in is like the very best room service.

Maybe you’ll also want to theme your staycation around one particular country, or around a few, by ordering different cuisines, you could take a gastronomic tour of the world.

The Nightlife

Travel is all about soaking up new experiences and cultures, and you can reflect this in the entertainment that you want to enjoy. So, maybe start to sample the sorts of foreign-language films you might not normally watch on a streaming service like Netflix.

Many foreign language titles are filmed on location, so you could choose based on where these films are set, as well as by the plotline or genre, to get a feel for what it would be like to visit. Watching films set in the country you intend to visit can also give you ideas of what you’d like to do for fun when you get there. So, as well as enjoying a movie and learning about different cultures, you’re also getting in a little research into restaurants, bars, and other forms of entertainment for when you do travel.

As an example, a casino is often a favorite form of entertainment when you’re away. Five-star hotels famously combine the two, with the likes of Caesar’s Palace and The Venetian in Las Vegas being among the most prominent examples. You can complete your luxury staycation experience by emulating all the excitement of roulette, blackjack, and slots from the comfort of home with an online casino. If you’ve never tried one before, you’ll find some great ideas for getting started on a comparison site that will also tell you where to find bonuses and the widest choice of games. It will also provide a simple way to register so you can get your evening of entertainment started quickly and easily.

Just Relax

Last, but not least, remember to take time out to relax. This might mean catching up with all those books you’ve been meaning to read, or transforming your bathroom into a chilled-out spa with candles and some ambient sounds. Or, you could just seize that all-too-rare opportunity to do nothing at all.

However you choose to spend your staycation, one thing is for sure. You’ll emerge at the end of it feeling more refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to take on the world – at least until the next time that you need a holiday at home.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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