7 Simple Tips For Enjoying A Summer Holiday At Home
Years ago, if you told someone you were planning a “staycation,” they wouldn’t have known what you were talking about.
Now the term is everywhere –even the Oxford Dictionary of English. In fact, these days there’s no shame in enjoying a holiday at home.
Here are a few simple tips for getting just as much enjoyment from a stay-home holiday this summer as you would from a trip to the beach, the woods, or the big city.
1. Become a tourist in your own town
If you live near a big city, there’s almost sure to be a museum you’ve never visited or a new boutique or restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Ask yourself what you would do in your town if you arrived as an outsider. Why not take a bus tour or a factory tour, or explore a local historic monument? If you’re stumped for ideas, pick up a local guidebook, or head to a hotel and thumb through its collection of free tourist brochures.
2. Spend a day near water
Water seems to have a relaxing effect on humans. It’s why we’ve perched so many vacation communities along side of lakes, rivers, and shorelines. If you live near the coast, it’s not out of the question to take a drive to the beach. If you’re more inland, there might be a lake at your local state/county park, or refreshing babbling stream you’ve never enjoyed. You may not be taking your annual two-week holiday in Jamaica or St. Kitts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beach that’s just a quick day-trip away!
3. Take a technology sabbatical
A vacation should be about stepping back from the constant stress of everyday life and re-focusing on the important things, like family and friends. But in the 21st century, having a smartphone in your pocket means you’re never far from the stresses and responsibilities of work and everyday life. Even if it’s only for a week, consider unplugging entirely during your break: no phones, no laptops, and most importantly, no internet. Trust us: You’ll survive. And at the end of the week, you may very well begin looking at your relationship to technology (and Facebook) in an entirely new light.
4. Cross an item off your bucket list
There’s a popular inspirational quote that tells people to “Do one thing every day that scares you.” During your stay-at-home travel experience, why not try an activity that will take you right to your comfort limit? You could go skydiving, or take a helicopter ride. How about a whitewater rafting trip? A visit to the reptile room at the local zoo? A bungee jumping excursion? A horseback riding trip? A new social situation? If it’s an activity you’re genuinely interested in but have always been a bit too nervous to try, a staycation is the very best time to finally make it happen.
5. Take an edu-cation
Volunteering vacations were a big trend in holiday-making five or six years ago, but today, vacations that involve an educational aspect are even hotter. The good news for staycationers is that this is a trend you can participate in without ever leaving your home town. And just consider the possibilities: You could take a cooking class that you would otherwise never have time for, or even a week-long foreign language course. If you live in a town with a university or community college, look at the continuing education course list for ideas. Museums, galleries and art schools also tend to offer continuing education-style classes.
6. Bring out your inner kid
If a vacation if meant to be a time to unwind, why on earth should a staycation be anything other than pure, unadulterated fun? Are you with us? Good. Because no matter where you live, we’re guessing there are lots of opportunities for good, clean, kid-friendly kicks within driving distance. It could be a trip to the batting cages, an old-school video game arcade, a petting zoo or even a go-cart park.
7. Tackle that decorating project
Let’s say you’ve marked off a few of the things on this list, but you’ve still got a day or two left in your staycation. With the money you’ve saved on travel, why not get to that home décor project you’ve been putting off? Whether it’s repainting a bedroom, or putting new curtains in your kitchen, you’ll end your time off with the satisfaction of having completed a long-delayed project.
Interested in even more suggestions for stay-at-home summer fun? You’ll find them in the Piper Classics County Guide to Outdoor Entertaining, which you can download for free right here.