How to Plan the Perfect Staycation

This summer is looking a little different than previous years. Now more than ever, a staycation might be the perfect way for you and your loved ones to take a much-needed break without actually having to get away. It’s our hope that the tips below will help you plan the staycation of your dreams!

1. Do all the prep work beforehand.

Make sure your staycation is planned in advance so you don’t have to do any work while you’re in vacation mode. This includes things like cleaning and organizing so your home feels more like a hotel. The little details matter, too. Consider putting out fresh flowers, buying new sheets, a new staycation outfit, or whatever it is that will get you in a vacation state of mind. Make a schedule of activities that you’d like to complete before the end of your staycation. Even if you don’t follow the schedule exactly, it will still help ensure your time is spent doing activities you actually enjoy, rather than wasting time trying to think of what to do next.

2. Pick a theme.

Picking a theme will help focus your staycation efforts. And, let’s be honest, a theme will make everything way more fun and creative! Some great theme ideas are: Spa Getaway, Summer Camp, European Villa, Food Tour, and whatever else you can come up with! Use playlists to set the scene. There are plenty of camping, European café, and relaxing spa playlists on Spotify. Additionally, there are endless virtual museum tours, YouTube yoga classes, and exciting new recipes online. Click here to check out our Pinterest board for some creative ideas, virtual world tours, recipes, crafts, and more!

3. Set a budget.

One way to set a staycation budget is to first think about how much money you’re saving by staying home as compared to taking a trip. Think about how much you can spend to achieve your ideal staycation while still saving. For example, if you normally spend $1,000 on a vacation, consider all you can do on a staycation with a third of that as your budget. Even $50 - $100 as a budget can help your staycation feel extra special. Put that money towards things like takeout at a new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, a tent for your living room camping, ingredients for the new recipes you’re going to try, or products for some flawless spa pampering.

4. Be a tourist in your own city.

You can be a tourist in your city by spending some time in nature or trying all the popular food and drink places around town. Go on that hike or bike trail everyone’s always talking about. Head downtown to pick up some food from the most popular spot in town. Consider trying the things that are well-known in your area that maybe you’ve never tried before because they’re too “touristy.” Oftentimes, things are popular for a reason. Or you might discover that something’s actually overrated, but at least you’ll have tried it. Maybe your town will surprise you and you’ll discover your new favorite spot!

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