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A staycation might not sound so enticing during the time of a pandemic. Staying at home certainly means something much different than it did just six months ago. Where you previously may have craved some downtime to relax on the couch for a long weekend, now, depending on your unique circumstances, that may feel like just another day. Or perhaps you were energized about making the best of this stay-at-home time at the beginning of the pandemic but now you’re losing steam. Time to spice it up!
Staying at home due to personal health concerns, state or local orders, or general necessity does not mean you can’t take time to rest, recharge, or even adventure. In fact, as summer winds down, as many transitions to school from home, and working remotely continues, it is essential to consider creative ways to strike a work-life balance.
One way to do that is to create a special stay-at-home vacation: a staycation.
A staycation is an at-home vacation where you do not go out of town but instead plan to stay in your own home or neighborhood. You will not work or have any of your regular responsibilities. So it will be like you are vacationing on a tropical island far, far away, but with all the creature comforts of your home.
As you create your COVID-safe staycation, make sure to adhere to safety measures put forward by your country, state, county, and city and do only that which feels completely comfortable for you and your family.
Paradise Is a State of Mind
There are several ways to make your staycation satisfying and successful. And if “home” is not a safe or comfortable place for you, consider a staycation in a trusted friend’s spare room, renting a nearby Airbnb for the weekend, or taking a camping trip to a local nature park.
Here are some extra tips to help you commit to vacationing from the comfort of your home. Do this for yourself!
Whether you’re discouraged about missing a planned weekend getaway, craving an overseas adventure, or already relishing your time at home, allow these creative ideas to inspire you. Mix and match to make your own vacation sublimely rejuvenating!
Abroad from Home
Do you wish you were exploring art museums, taking a guided architecture tour, immersing yourself in a new language, or sampling local cuisine in a different country? Though there is nothing like traveling abroad, you can get creative and enjoy many of the benefits that an international trip offers right from home. Whether for a day, a few days, or a whole week, pick a place you would like to “visit” and explore from home.
Did you know that sometimes people take a vacation as part of a service trip? That’s right, sometimes people take a “vacation” that involves building trails, building houses, or teaching yoga! Choose a cause that is close to your heart, such as Black Lives Matter, voting rights, LGBTQIA+ issues, reproductive justice, access to clean water, access to fresh food, access to education, anti-gun activism, support for new mothers, resources for children in the foster care system, or animal welfare. Consider how you can serve your local community in much the same way you would if you were traveling elsewhere.
Do you miss going to the movies? The thrill of seeing a flick on the big screen with a big bucket of popcorn? Creating your own at-home film festival is the next best thing! Choose a genre, a few films or TV series. Consider inviting others who might also be interested to synchronize watching from their homes as you do. Many films and series are available through subscription services such as Netflix or Hulu. Also, several film festivals are actually online this year.
There are many other ways to enjoy a perfect staycation, even during COVID-19. Perhaps you’d like to create an at-home retreat or spa day or spend a day exploring local trails. Get creative and get relaxed! Now, more than ever, it is important to focus on work-life balance and to nurture your own well-being, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Though there may be limitations to where you can go and how you can interact, there are so many benefits to taking time out to rest and restore. Happy holiday!
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