Spending your spring break vacation at home this year?
There are a myriad of reasons to spend your spring break at home this year. Traveling is expensive for one, and many people have canceled upcoming trips due to the coronavirus endemic. But, regardless of the reason you’re staying home this year, there’s a lot to look forward to!
Traveling is amazing, don’t get me wrong. I love to see new things and experience new cultures. But, it’s always just a little bit stressful. Plus, there’s just something about a staycation that has a special place in my heart. Staycations are amazing because they allow you to catch up on things you love doing but don’t have time for in your typical schedule. Best of all, at the end of the day, you get to come back to your own home and sleep in your own bed.
I like to pick a project or two to do around the house on a staycation, but don’t spend your whole time working. Give yourself time to relax, unwind, and decompress.
6 Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Staycation
#1. Pamper yourself.
Self-care is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s easy to push aside our own self-care when we have full schedules and others who rely on us. A staycation gives you the gift of time, and I can’t think of a better way to spend it than with a little pampering.
Find a local massage therapist or a day spa. Getting a massage or a facial is a great way to melt away the daily stress of life. You could also visit an acupuncturist to help you relax and unwind, or you could visit your local nail salon, barbershop, or beauty salon to reinvent your look.
#2. Pretend to be a tourist.
Have you ever noticed how tourists tend to see a lot more of the notable attractions around you than you do? If you’re like most people, your time is spent working, running errands, getting the kids to their various activities, etc. — in other words, the day-to-day activities of life. There probably isn’t much time for you to enjoy what’s around you like someone visiting might. But, a staycation gives you the perfect opportunity to do so.
Pretending to be a tourist might mean seeing a musical or a play at the local theater. It might mean going to a baseball game or a basketball game. It might mean going on a tour at the local brewery, factory, or capitol building. If there isn’t anything you want to see or do in your own community, chances are, you’re probably not more than a few hours away from something you’ll find interesting. Taking a day trip is a fantastic way to spend your spring break.
You could even treat yourself to a luxurious ride to your destination, or just around town, by turning to a local limousine service.
#3. Go on a food tour of your city.
If you’re like most people, you probably go to a handful of different restaurants around your community. When you have a few favorite places to eat, it’s easy to get a rut — even if it’s a delicious rut. There are most likely lots of amazing places to eat in your community, and since you’re saving all of that money by not taking a trip, it’s the perfect opportunity to splurge and try some new restaurants.
Look up restaurants in your community with the best reviews, and consider branching out and trying something new. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, too, and choose options from different parts of the world, as well as different types of restaurants, including sit-down restaurants, food trucks, and cafes. Make a list of a few restaurants that sound interesting to you, and try a new one each day or every other day.
#4. Learn something new.
Learning is something we should all strive to do as much as possible, and there are lots of ways to continuously learn in your daily routine. However, finding time to learn a new skill or deepen your knowledge of an existing skill isn’t always easy. Your staycation gives you plenty of time to do so.
There are so many great learning opportunities around you. You could attend a class at the local rec center; you may even find a free class. Some restaurants and grocery stores offer cooking classes. You could also consider signing up for a cocktails and painting class with some friends.
#5. Replenish your closet.
Does it feel like you’ve got a ton of clothes but nothing to wear? It’s a sure sign that it’s time to clean out your closet. Take some time to pull out anything you don’t wear often — or at all. You could consider donating it or selling it to a consignment store.
Once your closet is cleaned out of everything you don’t want or need, it’s the perfect opportunity to go shopping and fill it back up a little. You’re not paying to go on an expensive vacation, and you’ll be able to take advantage of the spring sales, so you might as well. Stop into your favorite stores, and consider checking out a few new stores in your area. You might just find a new favorite!
#6. Attend a new fitness class.
If your gym is anything like mine, all of the best classes seem to take place during the day while I’m at work, and on the weekends, there are so many people in the class that finding a place for my yoga mat can be almost impossible. Luckily, your staycation is a great time to attend one of those mid-day classes that can’t fit in your regular schedule.
If you don’t already belong to a fitness center, your staycation is also a fantastic time to check a few local fitness centers out. Some might even offer free day passes or trial classes. Some fitness centers offer five-day or week-long passes. Whether you’ve always wanted to try a Bikram yoga class, a kickboxing class, a spin class, or any other type of fitness class, make it a point to do so on your staycation.
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