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Tips for the Ultimate Summer Staycation

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Melissa Page

Based in California, Melissa Page is a professional writer with over four years of experience. She blogs about health, travel, relationships, and anything else she finds interesting. When she’s not writing, or working on her friends’ group blog, she’s in the gym or in a coffee shop with her cup of hot mocha.

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While some people describe summer as week-long vacations, out-of-state trips, beach-hunting excursions, and sunny-filled days, a few others regard the season as the time for lazy mornings, curling up on the couch, and reading a good book in peace.

Although spending your vacation indoors may sound a bit boring at first, it can actually be as fun and exciting as going someplace else. Aside from the convenience of staying at home, you save hundreds of dollars on travel costs and avoid the troubles of keeping your house safe while you’re away. Plus, you get to do all sorts of relaxing things like these:

Staycation Benefits

Have your food delivered

One of the perks on going on a vacation is having the bed-making, washing, and cooking consigned to someone else. Why not experience a piece of this at home? You can start by having dinner delivered. Put your favorite take-out menus by the phone, and order whatever food fancies you have that moment.

Sleep on plush pillows

Indulge in a little luxury and bring out the soft pillows, the fluffy sheets, and sleep like royalty. There’s nothing that spells comfort than clean and kitten-soft bed sheets against your cheeks.

Get pampered

Convert your bathroom to a mini aromatherapy spa. Pick out essential oils and scents at the store and draw a bubble or milk bath. If you’re one who reads, enjoy the soak while flipping through your favorite novel. Treat yourself to a home mani-pedi and a home massage. You can also set up a lawn chair and enjoy a lazy afternoon you have long deserved.

To fully make the most out of your staycation, try out these unique ideas:

Keep the clocks

To literally stop time, gather all the clocks (and wristwatches) in your home and put them somewhere hidden, like a dresser drawer. Studies say that eliminating reminders of time helps remove the stress of your daily routine at home and in the office. Keep them there for an entire day (or week).

Turn off the technology

In the office, set up an “out of office” message for your email, and don’t check on them until you’re back from vacation. At home, turn off phone ringers and mute the answering machine. Check phone messages only if you want to. The earth will continue turning even if you don’t answer immediately. When you detach yourself from the source of stress, the stress will also go away.

Play a vacation soundtrack

To enhance the “vacation experience,” play tunes you’d be listening to if you were somewhere else. After all, the next best thing to being on vacation is grooving to the music that you’d think would be playing there. For instance, if you dreamt of going to the Caribbean, put on Bob Marley’s reggae songs.

Observe swimsuit day

If you’re not feeling up to swimming in your community pool or the nearest beach, you can still enjoy the cool water by putting your water filtration systems at home to good use. Fill your borrowed kiddie pool to the brim, turn on the sprinklers and unravel the hose. Enjoy swimsuit day inside the comforts of your home!

Go camping in the backyard

You can still find adventure and excitement even inside the four walls of your home. If you don’t have a tent, buy or borrow one and make camp in the garden or your backyard. Pack drinks and snacks in thermoses and ziplock bags. Bring sleeping bags and insect repellents. Arm yourself with the most terrifying ghost stories that will leave you and your co-campers up all night.

You can choose to do all these tips, or pick whatever suits your style. No matter what you choose, the important thing is getting the rest and relaxation you well deserve. Have a happy staycation!

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  • Jewels

    LOVE these tips, Melissa. It’s so true that sometimes we just can’t get the time off work to fly to an exotic location but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a long weekend (or even a regular one) like an island getaway. I love lighting tropical scented candles and playing the waves portion of my free sleep machine app when I’m recreating the beach at my home. :D

    • Melissa Page

      Same here, Jewels. I love the sound of the waves – it puts me to sleep!

      Were you on a staycation the last few weeks? :D

      • Jewels

        No, I was lucky enough to go on an actual vacation but whenever I come back from one I wish I could have a mini staycation just to prepare for going back to work. haha.

  • http://theindiechicks.com/ Chiara Mazzucco

    These are pretty creative.. Unfortunately I don’t have a lawn and as a stay at home mom and entrepreneur, I welcome leaving the house for days at a time WITH OPEN ARMS. That being said, there’s no reason one can’t do mini staycations throughout the week to unwind! :) Thanks for sharing these, Melissa!

    • Melissa Page

      Yes Chiara. You can always draw a relaxing bath and read your favorite book when the kids are in school. :)

  • kathym425

    These are all great ideas. For those with a bit of “extra” money, another good idea would be to book a hotel room right in your own city for a night (or even two). You can go for a nice dinner, maybe see a show and you get the pampering of hotel service. It’s a getaway without the hassles of actually travelling.

    • http://theindiechicks.com/ Chiara Mazzucco

      Kathy! I love, love, love that. When I think getaway, I automatically think of airplane or train ride and the idea of lugging around luggage just to relax seems ridiculous. Another perk of going to an in-town hotel is you can wait for the best rates!

      • Jewels

        What a great idea. I’ve never used a hotel room in town for a staycation…though I’ve used plenty for parties and…well ya know…when I was younger. It’s a sin, really, since I live right near Philly that I don’t treat myself to a swanky hotel room, dinner, and martini to spruce things up a bit.

    • http://www.crazytragicalmostmagic.com/ Michael

      This is actually on my to-do list. I think just the simple act of staying in a hotel for a night or two can give you the “away from it all” feeling!

    • Melissa Page

      Great tip Kathy!

  • http://www.crazytragicalmostmagic.com/ Michael

    My boyfriend and I just had a staycation this past weekend and I have to say it was the best! We had plans for the weekend but there was no time table and it all worked out amazing. A winery, drive-in, movies, the fair… the only thing missing was a trip to a pool or the beach!

    • Melissa Page

      Well, the beach can wait for next time ;)