Five Tips That Could Save Your Staycation

Learn how to make the most out of holidaying at home.

Posted Jun 29, 2020

There is no time like today to learn to master the staycation. To many in this era of COVID, it’s not only the safest option but also the only option. But it’s not always easy, especially if it’s your first time.

Photo by Megan Markham on Unsplash
Source: Photo by Megan Markham on Unsplash

Even if you love your home, it’s natural to want a change of scenery every now and then. It’s completely normal to want to explore new places and have adventures in foreign spots. Yet, right now, we have to accept the limitations of the world and make the best out of them.

This means making the most out of staycations. Here are some tips to help you get started.

1. Do similar activities that you would do on your normal holiday.

If you’re used to going on sporty holidays, create an itinerary of sporting activities for you to practice in or around your home. If you’re used to chilling in sunny spots by the pool, stretch out on your sofa or balcony with a good book or magazine and play sounds of water ripples on your smartphone. If you’re used to cocktail o’clock, put it into practice during your staycation. Find some easy recipes for your favorite cocktails and buy the ingredients in advance of your staycation.

If you like to cook on holiday, cook. If you’d rather go to restaurants, invest in some high-quality ready-made meals and snacks. As much as possible, replicate what you love to do on holiday at home.

2. Have realistic expectations.

At the same time, don’t expect your home to turn into a five-star resort overnight if that’s the standard you’re used to. Don’t expect to cook a fine dining meal if it’s the first time you’re cooking. Accept that a staycation will be different from a holiday in which you travel. See it as a new type of adventure and commit to making the best out of it.

3. Savor your home.

When you go on holiday, you don’t do admin, run errands, or get through a mad list of homey to-dos. You probably avoid laundry and cleaning if you can. You are also not likely to do DIY or home improvements unless you have decided this is a DIY staycation.

Staycation is a real opportunity for you to stay at home and really enjoy your home. In an ordinary day, this rarely happens as you’re too busy getting on with life. This is your opportunity to simply sit and be.

Get close and personal with your home. Try to see it from a new perspective and savor it from every angle. Look for the beauty in the different corners of your room or enjoy the view outside your window. Smell the flowers on your windowsill or in your garden. Water the grass that’s right underneath your nose, and you will make it greener.

4. Go offline.

Put an out-of-office alert on your email. Avoid social media to avoid FOMO and to avoid comparing your staycation to the staycations, trips, or lives of other people online. Switch off. Get out of the online world and into your real world. Practice being present. Practice being mindful.

5. Remind yourself of the positives of a staycation.

Even if a staycation isn’t your number-one choice, you can choose to focus on the positives about it. You don’t need to worry about packing your bag, getting to the airport on time, or what the weather is like at your destination spot. You don’t suffer from the stress or fatigue associated with travel or visiting new places. In short, staycations are less hassle, less stress, and fewer costs. What’s not to like?

As the French author Marcel Proust said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." This is about you creating new eyes for the landscape of your home. Bon voyage.