Our lives revolved around our home these past few months due to the pandemic. Aside from it being our abode, it has become our office, school, and gym. Even our shopping and groceries are now done at home!
Some places are more strict on implementing social distancing rules while others are fairly lenient.
If you’re one of the people who have been cooped up in your home for the past couple of months – I totally understand the desire to go out!
While we do love our homes, it’s great to have a quick getaway to unwind and relax.
Unfortunately, going on a vacation is not realistic if money is tight or if there are travel restrictions in your area. Staying at home is the safest option too, especially for those with health concerns.
But you don’t need to travel to have a vacation. You can have a fun staycation at home. You just need to be creative!
Here are some ideas to create an affordable yet fun and memorable staycation.
Recreate a spa experience at home
If you like visiting spas every time you are on vacation, you can recreate the spa experience yourself. Light some scented candles, play a piece of relaxing spa music, and soak in your tub. You can put a bath bomb or add some petals and essential oils in your warm water. If you do not have a bathtub, take a hot shower with this relaxing ambiance.
After your bath, you may also ask the assistance of your spouse or kids for a gentle massage.
Create a vacation destination themes
Do you have a certain destination place on your bucket list? Create that atmosphere at home! Let us say that you initially planned to go to Japan. Produce that theme by designing your homemade passports, then learn about the place and culture. Play the music that is traditional in that area, cook ramen, and watch Japan travel videos. You can also get your kids to create photo booth props and decorate your home based on the destination theme.
Have a movie night with your family
Turn off the lights, bring out the pillows, pop some popcorn, and choose the movie to watch with your loved ones! To make it more exciting, make each member of the group write a movie of their choice, and randomly pick what to watch.
Set- up a camping night in your backyard
Do you love camping? You do not need to go to the mountains to experience this. You can pitch a tent in your backyard (or in your living room) and grab blankets, mats, and pillows to make it comfortable. If you can, build a campfire in a fire pit or fireplace, then roast marshmallows for smores. Plan and cook camping meals too.
Stage a family tournament
Bring out the games and let the family tournament begin! You can choose from a wide variety of games – Monopoly, Scrabble, Jenga, Card games, and more. You may also choose consequences for the losers – like doing the dishes after dinner.
Hold a sports fest at home
Schedule a day to wear your sportswear and rubber shoes! Have a sports fest wherein you can play sports that you like. You may also assign each member of the family to be the organizer per sports event. In this way, you not only get to be active, but it also creates a bonding with your family.
Have a big night with a fancy meal
Do you usually go to fancy restaurants especially for special occasions? You can have it in your own home by preparing the meal that you have in mind! Do some research through the internet on what menu you can prepare, cook your food, add wine, light up those candles for a romantic touch, and have a big night with your spouse.
Attend virtual concerts
A lot of artists now hold virtual concerts for their fans. Why not take advantage of these free virtual concerts? Pump up the volume and enjoy good music! You can even dress-up, turn off the lights, and play with glow sticks to create the concert experience.
We may have lost a lot of opportunities because of the pandemic but this should not limit us too much. We can still have fun and enjoy ourselves while staying safe.