Staycations have increasingly gained in popularity over the years. Staycations are great alternatives to vacations because they are safe, hassle-free, and cost you less.
The benefit of taking a staycation is that you can take a break from your busy schedule. It is even crazier now that most people work from home and are social distancing. A staycation is what you need to relax and change scenery to recharge.
However, as much as a staycation seems hassle-free, you still need to plan and be creative about it. This will make the entire experience fun, unique and memorable. From planning to enjoying your staycation, here are some tips to make your staycation the best experience ever.
Budget and make plans
As much as staycations may seem less costly, it is still good to plan and determine how much you are willing to spend on the staycation. If you are booking a hotel, determine which hotel you will use. This is because facilities in the hotel like dining and the spa cost money.
Remember to make plans create an itinerary, and schedule what you will be doing or where you will be going. Treat your staycation as essential and set aside a weekend or a few days away from your busy schedule.
It’s easy to flake out on planning your staycation because there is less commitment than a vacation. It’s easy to cancel when something comes up. However, remember you need the break because resting is essential, especially if you have been working hard, so don't cancel unless it’s an emergency.
Book a hotel room
While you can plan to have a staycation in your home, booking a hotel room at the standard building can create a unique experience because of the change of scenery and environment. Check out a few of the hotels around your city you’ve wanted to checkout.
Find a hotel with amenities such as a spa, a pool, or any other treatments you have planned for your staycation. It’s time to take a break and pamper yourself. You will feel refreshed and re-energized. If you plan the staycation with family and kids, ensure the hotel has facilities and activities to cater to the entire family.
Remember, various hotels must adhere to the different heath rules because of the pandemic. If you must have your vaccine card, don't forget it, ensure you confirm what is required, and book early for your staycation. You wouldn’t want to encounter any disappointments.
Try a different restaurant
You don’t have to travel far to experience the various cultures and cuisines. You can look around your city and find different restaurants that offer cuisines from other parts of the world.
You can try out new foods for your staycation. You don’t have to stick to one restaurant if you have planned a four-day staycation. Every day, you visit a different restaurant and sample the different flavors and cuisines. You can have a list of the foods you’ve always wanted to try out then try them out. Remember to take as many pictures and videos as possible they will serve as sweet memories.
Explore your city
The best part about taking a staycation is that you don’t have to use a lot of money on travel expenses because you only schedule activities around the area or city you are in.
Did you know that you may have lived in a city for a long time but never had the chance to explore it? Maybe you are used to going to the park or shopping malls but never quite had an opportunity to visit the museums, old churches, or tourist attraction sites that attract visitors from all over. Well, this is your chance to visit all those places you’ve never seen and explored in your area.
You can use Google to search for these areas to get an idea of the different places you can visit. If you’ve been to most of the spots, you can ask around for places that are not too popular such as abandoned houses, old churches, or historical landmarks. Choose days when the places are not too crowded to explore the sites better. Remember to take lots of pictures and videos for memories.
Explore different forms of transport in your city
Staying in a city for long doesn’t mean you are familiar with all the means of transport used around the area. Take the opportunity on your staycation and plan to use a different form of transportation other than the usual one you are used to.
Choose a new form of transport such as an RV to go to a park and camp or hike for a day. You can also explore the different train routes you have in your city. You may discover a new area and amazing scenery along the way. You can also use the RV to take a day road trip around the city and see the different parks and tourist spots you have never been to before.
If you have a lake, beach, or a park with a water body, you can also take a boat ride and engage in different water activities such as swimming, fishing, kayaking, etc.
Choosing to use different forms of transport gives you a fresh and unique perspective on your surroundings. You also get to interact with other people and appreciate them.
Disconnect from social media
When going on a staycation, you are trying to break from your usual routine, including not using your phones logging into your work email or social media. This is your time to relax and rewire your mind. If you carry your workload with you to the staycation, you won’t enjoy the essence of a staycation.
Avoid checking your social media accounts. When you have some time to yourself, you can read a book, cook some new recipes with a loved one or family, meditate or even book a spa day and get some self-care session.
Staycations are a great way to relax and rejuvenate yourself. If you feel cooped up overwhelmed and you feel like taking a break, then plan yourself a staycation and use these valuable tips to plan the perfect staycation ever!