Taking a staycation has numerous advantages, allowing you to save money on travel accommodations, spend more time relaxing and less time stressing, and even have more quality time with your family.
But if you've taken multiple staycations recently, or if the thought of staying home sounds unappealing to you, you'll need to find some new ways to spice up your family’s staycation this year.
How can you do it?
Decide on a Theme
Consider choosing a theme for your staycation. Rather than striving to have a generic, traditional experience, consider shaping that experience to be in full alignment with an abstract theme.
For example, for the landlocked household – if you wanted to plan a beach or ocean theme, you could order authentic Maine lobster to your door, mix beach-themed cocktails, go swimming, and even watch some of your favorite movies that take place near a beach.
The upside here is that there's no limit to your creative potential. You can create themes around specific locations, specific moods, or even abstract ideas like colors or media genres. If you go on staycations regularly, you can cycle through many different themes and never get bored.
Make Reservations Somewhere Luxurious
One way to instantly make your staycation more appealing is to make reservations somewhere luxurious. Booking accommodations at a hotel, a restaurant, or a spa that's typically out of your budget could be a great way to live in temporary extravagance.
You'll still be saving money since you won't be doing this in a more expensive city and you won’t be traveling, but you can have the taste of luxury you deserve.
The term staycation implies that you're staying inside most of the time, but most staycations are best enjoyed outside.
Head to your local parks, go camping, go hiking, or try some other activity that helps you get fresh air. It's good for your health, it's good for your mind, and it provides you with plenty of opportunities to spend quality time with the people you love.
Try a New Activity
Doing the same thing all the time gets old, so make sure you break up your routine during your staycation by trying new activities. Fortunately, there's no shortage of activities to try or new hobbies to pick up. If you're feeling adventurous, you could try something like hang gliding or jet skiing.
If you're looking for something with a calmer, more relaxing pace, you could try foraging for mushrooms or bird watching. And if you really don't feel like leaving the house, you could pick up a new video game console or explore a genre of cinema you've never tried before.
Take a Tour of Local Restaurants
Going out to eat is half the fun of a vacation, so consider taking a tour of local restaurants you've never tried before. If you're like most people, there are probably dozens of restaurants within driving distance that you've never tried.
This is your opportunity to broaden your horizons and potentially find a new favorite.
If you like the idea of seeing new places, but you still want to commit to your staycation, consider traveling virtually. Watching documentaries on other areas and, if you have one, utilizing a virtual reality (VR) headset could instantly connect you with a new area and teach new things about some different parts of the world.
Take New Classes
If you love learning or if you just want your staycation to be more enriched, consider taking classes as part of your time off.
This could be your chance to learn a new skill that helps you launch an entirely new career path. Alternatively, it could be a simple way to spend a few hours with the kids learning about some new hobby.
Give Your Home a Makeover
Part of the thrill of the vacation is being in a new, unfamiliar environment. So why not upgrade your existing environment so that it becomes less familiar? If you're willing to put in some work during your staycation, consider spending it to give your home a makeover.
Rearrange the furniture or add a fresh coat of paint. You can also change out some of the decor! This could be all it takes to make your house feel like it's an entirely new environment.
Get Feedback and Suggestions
If you're going on a staycation with your family, make sure you get their feedback and suggestions as well. Host a collective brainstorming session where every member of your family comes up with new ideas. You can decide what you like best as a group. You can pull ideas out of a hat so that everyone feels like they're making a contribution.
Your staycation will be much more engaging and interesting if you take inspiration from these ideas. Exercising creativity and trying new things are some of the best ways to make your staycation more exciting and more engaging for everyone.