It happens to many of us in the summer: the weather gets warm, the days get longer and it seems like the worst time to be at the office. You start getting the itch to travel, but what if you don’t have the funds to scratch it? When your budget doesn’t allow for a big trip, plan a staycation!
Staying at home may not seem like much of a holiday, but, if planned properly, a staycation can be a unique adventure. When you think of travelling, you think of the excitement of learning something new, trying new cuisine or simply relaxing. All three things can be easily accomplished on a staycation. Here’s how:
Rules For a Better Staycation:
Take off of work and cancel other obligations. Treat this like any other holiday and isolate yourself from any professional or social responsibilities. Fitting in work and to dos amongst fun activities isn’t a holiday — that’s everyday life.
Complete all the chores you normally do around the house. Start off with a nice clean slate and don’t worry about tidying up until after your staycation is complete.
Set a budget like you would for another holiday. Allot a certain amount for fun, food and transport (you already have lodging covered!).
Disconnect from the world. Avoid using your mobile whenever possible. If you’re not navigating to your next destination or looking up restaurant reviews, keep your phone in airplane mode. It’s easier to get swept up in your staycation if you’re not tethered to the real world.
Bike through your town or journey to the next town or neighbourhood over. Even if it’s a route you drive normally, biking can bring a whole new perspective!
Take a trip to the beach. Grab a new book and prepare to relax by the water. If you’re not near a coast, find a local lake instead.
Rent a paddleboat or canoe and row your way towards an new adventure.
Visit a local pop-up shop or outdoor market. Even if you’re sticking to a strict budget and aren’t looking to purchase anything, window-shopping at a flea market can be like an outdoor museum!
Visit a local museum. Some museums are free on certain days, while others are free year-round for local residents.
Many musicians tour during the summer. Check to see if you favourite is swinging through town and make a weekend out of it.
Get tickets to a football game. You could go big and cheer on your favourite team or catch a local team for cheap or free tickets.
Cities are rich with culture and artists. Enjoy a small theatre production or attend a gallery opening.
Catch a film under the stars with these outdoor cinema choices. Prices vary by location — some are even free!
Have a day of crafting and creation. Prepare several options in case the project doesn’t work out the way you planned or to avoid boredom.
Plan a film marathon with themed snacks. Choose a film series or pick a theme to match.
Try Geocaching. It’s a real-world, on-going treasure hunt that takes place all over the globe. The best part? All you need is your GPS-enabled mobile and a sense of direction.
Have a parents-versus-kids round of laser tag — loser makes dinner!
Visit a nearby national park. Go for a long hike, bike ride or camp out.
Spend the day at an amusement park. Nothing says “excitement” quite like a rollercoaster.
Visit the library and pick a fun series to read together throughout the summer.
Buy or build a kite. Use stickers or small decorations to personalize it, then take it for a flight!
Plan your own pub or food crawl. Make a list of the restaurants you’ve been dying to try or choose a certain food to try at several locations (ice cream, kebabs, etc.).
Visit your local farmers market and improvise a meal made with the ingredients you find there.
Grocery stores are filled with frozen meals, boxed stock and other means to help you cut corners on everyday meals. Take your time and try to cook a meal from scratch, beginning to end.
Save up and treat yourself to a nice restaurant.
Take a tour of a local brewery or winery.
Have you ever failed when pressing your own pasta or rolling your own sushi? Sign up for a cooking class and take your skills up a notch.
Cuddle up and binge-watch new TV serials or re-watch an old favourite.
Be adventurous and let your mood determine your activity. Try Gravy, an app that will help you find events in your area based on what type of mood you are in.
Set up a campsite or “beach” in your own backyard. Set up some comfy lounge chairs and a kiddie pool and spend a lazy day in the sunshine.
Plan a game night. Play video games or challenge each other to a two-player board game. You could also make up your own trivia game based on how well you know each other!
Crafts can be fun, relaxing and a great way to pass the time. Pick a DIY project you’ve been pondering for a while or find a new one on Pinterest.
Set up a mini spa day at home. Buy a hair or facemask, take a soothing bath and just relax. Play some classical music and light a candle to really transport you to a zen zone.
Collect two or three books you’ve been dying to read, make yourself a cup of tea, stock up on snacks and create a reading nook with tons of pillows. Let your imagination do the travelling!
Give yourself a make over or test a new look you’ve always wanted to try. If you want a big change, but you’re not sure where to start, consult a stylist for an outside perspective.
Try a new style of exercise class. From Acroyoga to music-driven spin classes, the options are endless!