Summer is coming to an end and you haven’t had a proper vacation thanks to COVID-19. Now, fall is approaching and flu season is right around the corner, causing everyone to wonder just how crazy things might get for both healthcare workers and patients in the United States. While so many people had to “stay home” during shutdowns, you were busy at work. So, basically, you need to take a break! But where do you go, and safely? Luckily, staycations are a thing, and they are perfect for those with no time, energy, or money for the real thing. And if you do it right, a staycation can feel like a real vacation. The secret is commitment. Go big or go home. In this case, do both! So grab your passport…and store it in a safe place because you are not about to need it any time soon. Here are six tips for an epic staycation during a pandemic.
6 Tips for an Epic Staycation During a Pandemic
1. Budget Yourself
Just like you would with any other vacation, start with a budget. Figure out how much you want to spend and what places/activities you want to splurge on. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor, but the process of budgeting and planning will get you in the vacation state of mind.
2. Give up the Chores
Work ahead and do what you have to do so that you don’t have to do any chores during your staycation. That means no cooking (unless you love it!) cleaning, or emailing. Don’t make doctors’ appointments! Leave all things related to work and home life on the back burner because you’re on vacation! Instead, focus on self-care activities that you don’t normally get to do.
3. Tackle your bucket list
Do you have a list of places or restaurants you always wanted to try out but never got around to it? Well here’s your chance to cross those places off of your list! For more ideas, visit your city’s website and take a gander at suggested tourist attractions and upcoming events. You may be surprised at what you find! While you’re at it, check out Groupon. Their local deals can be very persuasive. Many of us never get to play tourists in our home town, so take this opportunity to do that.
4. Plan an excursion
I know we are calling this a staycation, but think of some things that are within a day’s drive that you may want to do. This could include hiking, swimming in a nearby lake, visiting the beach, or even shopping at a mall or exploring a neighboring town. Also, what activities do you normally do when you go on vacation? Think of ways you can do that, or something similar to it, near home.
5. Invite someone to join you
Most of the time, you probably don’t vacation alone (especially if you have a significant other and/or a family.) Be sure to include these special people in your staycation too. Although they may not be able to take off work all of the days (or may not be interested in all of your plans) it can be fun to splurge on a group activity as well.
6. Rest and reset
Lastly, get some sleep! The point of a vacation is to rewind and reset, and the best way to do that is through some good old fashion sleep. Treat yourself to a day in bed if you want to. Enjoy a guilt-free Netflix bender with take-out. You don’t have to be out and about doing things every day on your staycation. Sometimes it’s nice to simply be still, hear what your heart is telling you it needs, and give in.
Do you have any other tips for an epic staycation during a pandemic? Drop them in the comments below!