Winter is a great time to travel. Originally Phil and I planned a trip to Canada for our vacation this year. But, due to an over whelming schedule and finances we decided to cancel our trip and plan a “staycation”.
I’ve never really liked the idea of a staycation. I love the thrill of go to a new place and diving head first in to the culture. Recently though, the thought of staying home, saving money, not having any travel time while still being able to have some sort of adventure sounded pretty sweet to me. Today I’m sharing my 5 tips for planning the perfect staycation.
1. DECIDE HOW MANY DAYS TO SET ASIDE FOR YOUR VACATION. Firsts things first. Since your staying home it’s probably best to choose a reasonable amount of time for your staycation. I would recommend 4 or 5 days. After all you do want to feel rested and refreshed afterwards, right?
2. PLAN A DAY OF ADVENTURE. This is the day I like to start off with, day 1 of your staycation. Do something active and fun. Suggestions would be: Go skiing, take a HIIT fitness class, rock climbing, etc. What ever it is you do, make sure it’s something you can do all day and something you’re going to ENJOY.
3. PLAN A DAY FOR RELAXING. Few. All that activity is going to make you tired. Plan a day to relax. Whether it’s reading your favorite book in your favorite bakery/cafe or hitting the spa to take advantage of amazing 2 for 1 deals. If you’re looking for a budget friendly option, most spas you can purchase a “day pass”. You get access to the gym, pool, sauna, etc.
4. PLAN A DAY FOR SPLURGING. I don’t know about you but when I go on vacation I like to take a day to walk around and explore the local shops. There’s nothing better picking up some sweet grab for yourself. Just because your staying home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t “treat yo self” (sorry, not sorry). Plan a day to hit some of your favorite shops and take advantage of those sales!
5. PLAN A DAY TO STAY HOME. It is called a STAYcation after all. I recently discovered the term “hygge” (pronounced HOO – GA). This Swedish term basically means “make your space as comfortable as possible and enjoy the moment”. To maximize your hygge day bake some treats to keep on hand for all day snacking, I personally like cinnamon bums sprinkled with cacao nibs. Get all your cozy blankets and snuggle up. Play relaxing music or a Netflix series you’ve been wanting to watch. Finally, light ALL the candles possible ( your fire place too if you have one)! Trust me having your last day in the house will make you feel oh SO refreshed.
Let me know if you’ve taken a staycation recently! I’d love to know what you did.