No plane ticket? No problem.
If you need a break this summer but an exotic getaway is not in the cards, may we suggest a staycation? It’s the perfect way to say “time out” to the hustle and bustle of every day life, and doesn’t require passports or luggage. Sound intriguing? Here’s 8 ways you can have the ultimate staycation:
1. Pamper yourself
One of the best things about vacationing is an excuse to relax and pamper yourself in ways you probably wouldn’t do regularly. Book a massage or facial at your local spa, and get that “just got back from vacation” glow – you don’t have to tell anyone your secret!
2. Go see a movie
Plan a good old fashioned family movie night at a nearby theater. Splurge on your favorite movie snacks, kick back, relax, and be entertained!
3. Explore local attractions
I’ve lived in New Jersey my whole life and have never been to the Statue of Liberty or the top of the Empire State Building. Many times we focus so much on leaving home to explore new places, we forget how many great options there are in our own backyards! Pick a museum, park, or other local attraction near home and find out what’s just beyond your front door!
4. Throw a cocktail party
Invite your friends over for a fun night of drinks, appetizers, and games. You can even have a “vacation” theme to your party (think frozen margaritas, pina coladas, and lots of fresh fruit)! Throw on some reggae music and voila, you might as well be on an island!
5. Get crafty
Is there a special project you’ve been thinking about doing but just haven’t had the time? Head over to Michael’s or your local craft supply store, pick up the essentials, and get to work. Crafting can be extremely relaxing, so it’s a great way to unwind and fully enjoy your staycation. Bonus points for a new home decor item when you’re done!
6. Head to the ballpark!
Nothing says summertime like a baseball game. Round up your family or a group of friends and go root, root, root for the home team!
7. Take a nap
When is the last time you were able to take a nap in the middle of the day? Use your staycation time wisely and take a relaxing afternoon nap, preferably on a hammock! You’ll wake up refreshed and ready to enjoy the rest of the day.
8. Treat yourself!
Vacations are always a good excuse for shopping, whether you buy something in preparation for a trip or find a special souvenir while you’re away. Buy yourself a gift to remember your amazing time off!