With stay-at-home orders in many parts of the world and hotels, resorts, and many businesses forced to shut down, 2020 has not been too great a year for vacations so far.
If you’ve had to postpone any vacation plans due to cancelled flights, shuttered locations, or simply out of concern for your own health and safety, we have some ideas for you!
Continue reading below for some fun “staycation” ideas and ways you can add some excitement to this year’s summer vacation.
What is a Staycation?
If you’ve never heard the term staycation before, all you need to know is it’s a combination of the word stay and vacation. Like the two words suggest, instead of travelling somewhere far and exotic during your leisure time off, you are staying-in close to home while still enjoying leisure activities!
Of course, when you’re on staycation, not only do you save on the costs and time spent travelling, you are also avoiding the stresses related to travelling, like jet lag, packing, adjusting to an unfamiliar place, and unexpected delays or circumstances.
Staycations also benefit local economies, which are probably suffering during these times of numerous shutdowns. Believe it or not, during the 2008 economic downturn, the tourism bureaus of many U.S. cities started promoting staycations for local residents to replace the tourism dollars lost from outside visitors.
Staycation Idea 1 – Visit Your Local Tourist Attractions
When was the last time you played tourist in your own city? When we’re working and living in a city, oftentimes we don’t make time to visit our local attractions because we can always put it off to ‘later’.
What better time to do it then now? With most exotic destinations out of the equation, it’s now or never for exploring your local attractions. You might even discover a hidden gem or two!
Staycation Idea 2 – Take Virtual Tours
Being stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t explore exciting, exotic, and new places. Thanks to today’s technology, you can take a virtual vacation or exploration trip with basic apps like Google Maps in Streetview!
Some other virtual tour ideas include famous museums around the world , which have teamed up with Google to bring their art and experiences straight into your home. If you’re into UNESCO Heritage sites, you can now visit them virtually as well without setting foot out your door! For those preferring a literal out-of-this-world experience, you can tour the surface of Mars with data provided by NASA.
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Staycation Idea 3 – De-clutter and Clean Up
Take a break from your online video conference calls and emails to clean up your digital life in your down time.
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Staycation Idea 4 – Host or Go to a Movie Night
Even though most theaters are closed down, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy watching a few great movies this summer.
If you have a large TV screen or a projector, you can try hosting your very own movie night with family and friends. All you need is some good food and drinks to have your very own movie-night experience.
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Staycation Idea 5 – Take a Long Walk
A long walk might seem boring to many, after all, being alone in your own thoughts, especially if you’ve been in quarantine by yourself, can be rather dull.
We have some suggestions to make taking a walk more interesting. First, try giving yourself a scavenger list of things to look for on your walk, for example, a black-and-white-dog or a pink rose bush, this will give you a goal or target in mind for your walk to occupy your thoughts!
Second, download a nice audiobook or podcast to take along with you on the walk to keep you entertained. Have a book that you’ve always wanted to read? Try getting it in audiobook format so you can take it along with you on your walks!
Third, try dog walking for your neighbours, friends and family if you don’t have a dog of your very own! Or if you prefer to earn some cash doing it, dog walking apps like Rover will match you up with local dog owners who will pay you to walk their dogs.
Staycation Idea 6 – Try something New
Now is the time to try out that new hobby you’ve always wanted to learn or a product you wanted to try. From gardening and landscaping projects to learning a new computer skill, the possibilities are endless.
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Are you planning a staycation this summer? Share your summer plans or staycation tips with us in the comment section below!