The global pandemic has taken a lot from a lot of people. It divided families. Separated friends. And it closed the borders of many nations, forcing people to stay home for prolonged periods of time. The idea of a traditional vacation has been non-existent for a while now.
But a holiday doesn’t need to be abroad. There are plenty of delights to be found within your own country. But for some nations even traveling internally in their home nation isn’t allowed. But luckily there is a way to work around this. Enter the Staycation.
A staycation is exactly what it sounds like. A vacation where you stay at home! Now some of you might be wondering how that is even possible? Vacationing from home? Well, we are here to help you plan the ultimate staycation for you and your family.
The biggest part of a staycation when you have a family is activity planning. Children become easily bored without stuff to do. And since this is meant to be a vacation you need to plan activities they wouldn’t normally do. So you need to think outside the box.
Some ideas include arts and crafts sessions. Maybe experiment with something different like pottery or canvas painting. Both these things can be done without any expensive equipment and are great fun, while also allowing your kids to flex their creative muscles.
Physical activities are also important to allow them to burn off energy. Maybe play some games like sardines or hide-and-seek. You could even rehearse and perform a family play. This is a great way to build confidence in your kids and it’s a fantastic bonding experience.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a garden. But for those of you who are, you will want to utilize it. So we recommend giving your garden a makeover. Get some lovely garden furniture for times when you want to just chill out and eat together in the sun. Some people use their offset patio umbrella as a makeshift water sprayer to create a mini water park for the children.
And don’t be afraid to have a few BBQs while on staycation too. Nothing brings the family together like an outdoor BBQ. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to cook while also bonding with them. Plus nothing screams vacation like a massive meat buffet followed by ice cream in the sun.
It is always worth investing in a paddling pool as well. Who doesn’t like going swimming while on holiday? And it’s a fantastic way to beat the heat for those days when it’s scorching.
Not every staycation has to be kid-focused. Maybe you’re a family of two. Or maybe you need a break from the kids one night. Don’t be afraid to plan some time for romance. Consider decorating the garden with candles and having a romantic three-course dinner under the stars.
Or maybe you and your partner could cook a tapas-style meal together. Research shows couples who cook together in the kitchen are closer and happier together. And afterward, you will have a Spanish-style meal worthy of a staycation.
Maybe end the night with a romantic movie marathon while cuddled up under a blanket. Grab a bowl of romantic snacks like strawberries or cherries and relax in each other arms.
Change of Scenery
One of the best parts about going abroad is getting to see new, exciting views and experience scenery and culture different from your nations. But since you can’t go to new locations, you can always bring the new locations to your home.
A great family activity is decorating your home to be somewhere else. The first step we recommend is buying window prints to transport you away. Why look out into your street when you could look out into a sunny beach. Or maybe a snowy view of the ski mountains. Whatever your preference is. Or maybe get a few and pretend your house is a cruise ship, going to new destinations each day.
Next, you will want to put up new decorations around the house. Head online and find inspiration from inside houses of different nations. Get some stylized paintings or paper decorations to hang up. Turn your home into a Spanish villa or perhaps into a cozy French cottage.
The ultimate thing to remember when planning a staycation is that it’s all about family. No matter what you do it’s important you do it as a family. In these trying times, we need others around us. Try to focus less on what you’re missing because of the pandemic. Instead, focus on the gift of getting to spend so much time with your family.
A world citizen since 2011. I left behind my material world and decided to settle in Cambodia after visiting 72 countries.
I’m the honored owner of Cambodia-Travel.