Sometimes we just can’t travel as much as we want to.
Whether it’s because of our budget, our work schedule, or a global pandemic, sometimes we have to be flexible!
In this spirit, keep reading to discover 7 genius staycation ideas to enjoy luxury in the comfort of your own home.
Related: Dealing with doubt and anxiety right now? Check out my post on 8 common fears about solo travel and how to overcome them. My tips are widely applicable to a lot of anxiety-inducing situations!
1. PRACTICE “HYGGE” WITH CANDLES
My first staycation idea is about hygge (prounounced kind of like who-gah).
This Danish word doesn’t have a direct translation to English. But it’s the concept of something like being happy and content.
The #1 way to practice hygge? Candles.
Fun fact! Denmark is the world’s largest consumer of candles. And with good reason!
Candles give you all kinds of warm, fuzzy, calm feelings. Whatever you’re doing, light a bunch of candles around your house and get in the luxury staycation mood.
To get started: Stock up on this pack of tealight candles, these pillar candles, and this super-handy USB-rechargable lighter to get started on this staycation idea!
2. Order “Fancy” Takeout
There’s a good chance that your favorite restaurant offers takeout, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, for staycation idea #2 I suggest you take advantage of delivery food intro promos like the $0 Uber Eats delivery fee and order food from a fancy restaurant in town.
Not only is this a great way to try out some luxurious food you’ve had your eye on, but also a great way to support local businesses!
3. Get in Vacation Mode with a “Virtual Window”
Have a TV or laptop? Good!
Make your screen into a “virtual window” by finding a “naturescape” video of your dream vacation on YouTube.
It could be a jungle or it could be a beach. Whatever it is, put it on your TV or computer and turn on the surround sound!
This staycation idea will have you in luxury vacation mode in no time.
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4. Give yourself a luxury spa day
There’s no better staycation idea than giving yourself a luxurious home spa day.
From saving money to staying comfortable in your own surroundings, home spa days are a great idea.
Start by stocking up on spa-day essentials! I love this collapsible bathtub for showers since I don’t have a shower-bathtub combo.
5. Explore “New Nature” in your own backyard
Just because it’s a staycation doesn’t mean you have to stay inside!
This staycation idea helps you save money, stay local, and stay healthy by exploring nature in your own town/area!
Take the opportunity to explore amazing local spots like waterfalls, mountains, and forests.
We all have those spots we’ve always been meaning to visit but just don’t because they’re right next door! So get some fresh air and exercise by visiting local nature spots on your staycation.
6. Get crafty
There’s something about making things yourself that just lightens the mood and makes you enjoy using those things that much more.
Often we don’t have time to get all DIY, so use your staycation to get crafty!
Got dry hands from hand-washing and the dry air? Me too! For staycation idea #6, check out this DIY recipe from Little House Living for hand lotion using just 2 ingredients.
I love it because it’s 100% natural and super easy to make!
Related: Need the ingredients to make your own lotion? This coconut oil, this Vitamin E, and this lavender essential oil are all easy to get on Amazon!
7. Attend your own personal yoga session or meditation workshop
This is my favorite staycation idea personally.
With these tools you can have your own personal development and mindfulness workshop or an hour-long Vinyasa flow class right from the comfort of your own home!
This is the perfect way to get that exclusive meditation and yoga instruction that you might get on a retreat or at a luxury resort. But it’s way cheaper and no travel is required!