Businesses around the county are reopening starting today and people are starting to venture out a little more.
But many may feel unsure about taking that big summer vacation to another part of the country — or even the world. But staying close to home doesn’t mean a boring vacation.
So-called staycations, where individuals, friends or family decide to take some time off and stay close to home, are gaining in popularity. A 2018 poll from YouGov Omnibus found that 53% of the more than 100,000 participants had taken a staycation at some point.
While they might not be as exotic as venturing off to parts unknown, staycations don’t have to be limited to days spent lounging on the living room couch. The following are a handful of activities that can help people make the most of their staycations:
A day of pampering: Who doesn’t like the chance to engage in a little pampering when staying in a fancy hotel? That same luxury can be enjoyed during a staycation by booking an appointment at a local spa that offers all the amenities, including a sauna, steam room, beauty treatments and, of course, massage services.
A day on the links: The opportunity to test your mettle on a new course in an idyllic setting is one golf lovers simply cannot pass up while vacationing. A similar challenge can be found when staying at home. Do a little homework to find the most challenging course within driving distance of your home and then book a tee time, treating yourself even further by indulging in a good meal in the clubhouse once your 18 holes are up.
A day in nature: Professional and personal lives can make it hard to enjoy the great outdoors, even when it’s steps from your front door. During a staycation, commit to exploring local parks, hitting the trails to hike or mountain bike or renting a boat or kayak and taking to the water.
A day in the city: Just because you aren’t traveling far away doesn’t mean you cannot still get out of town for a day. Plan a day trip to a city within driving distance of your home. See the sights, visit a museum and cap it off with a visit to a restaurant serving your favorite ethnic cuisine.
A night in the backyard: Parents of young children can make a staycation more special by spending a night camping in the backyard. Leave your devices indoors as you sit around the firepit telling stories and making some delicious s’mores. Then set up the tents and sleep under the stars for a memorable night in the “wild.”
A day in the rain: If the weather is not cooperating during your staycation, create a backup plan to add a little life to rainy days. Plan a daylong film festival in which each member of the family gets to choose a movie everyone can watch together. Make sure you have plenty of popcorn on hand and order in a few pizzas so everyone can focus on the films.