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8 Tips for the Perfect Summer Staycation

Date

July 15,2024

Reading Time

9 mins

 

It might be time for a much-needed vacation, but if traveling isn’t in the cards for you this year, a staycation might be exactly what you need. Staycations offer all of the relaxing mental health benefits of a vacation without having to leave town or shell out the big bucks – a perfect solution for those who need a break but don’t want to take a big trip or break the bank.

Here are 8 tips to help you execute the perfect summer staycation:

1. Prep your home.

Before you dive into your blissful staycation, take a little time to prep the space you’ll be spending your relaxing time in. Consider having a quick cleaning session to clear any clutter and establish a sparkly clean vacation oasis. Set the mood and amplify the cozy factor with extra throw blankets, candles or incense, flowers, and anything else that will bring you feelings of calm and contentedness. In other words, set the scene for the staycation you’re dreaming of.

2. No chores allowed.

Now that you’ve prepped your space for relaxation, it’s important to draw the line when it comes to chores and to-do’s. Once you switch into staycation mode, stay there. Your staycation should not include “playing catchup”. If you end up deciding to catch up on chores or tasks instead of relaxing, that’s fine, but keep in mind that that makes it a catchup day, not a vacation/staycation day. If this is the case, make sure you allot yourself a proper staycation in the near future with no chores allowed.

3.Enjoy your favorite snacks and beverages.

A staycation is a time for guilt-free indulgence. Buy yourself your favorite snacks and beverages to enjoy during your relaxing time at home. If you were out of town on vacation, you’d likely pick up some of your favorite treats for your travels, and your staycation should be no different.

4.Watch a nostalgic movie.

If you’re the nostalgic type, throw on an old movie from your childhood. It can be easier to relax to something you’re familiar with, and the euphoria of a childhood classic can be good for the soul. Not into nostalgic flicks? Consider throwing on a feel-good comedy to fill your space with lightheartedness and good vibes.

5.Turn off your phone.

Turn your phone off or on “Do Not Disturb”. Many of us spend a lot of our free time scrolling through social media and answering emails. Don’t be afraid to take a clean break during your staycation time. The last thing you want is for your mini vacay to end up feeling like any other work night – you want it to feel intentional and restorative.

 

6.Splurge on a fancy meal.

Since you’re not spending time and money on travel during your staycation, treat yourself to an indulgent meal at a local fancy restaurant. Not interested in leaving your cozy oasis? Lucky for you, we live in a day and age in which you can order an indulgent meal and have it delivered right to your doorstep. Enjoy it! You deserve it.

7.Book a hotel room.

If you’re itching for a change of scenery and more of a vacation vibe for your staycation, book a room at a nearby hotel. If you live in the suburbs, consider venturing into the city for a night. If you live in a city, consider checking out an AirBnB a bit off the beaten path, perhaps with a view of nature that you wouldn’t normally see. Try to change up your environment to get the proper feeling of a vacation. Not interested in a hotel stay but still looking to achieve that vacation vibe? Consider other out-of-home activities like visiting a local museum, swimming at the local pool, or having a picnic in the park.

8.Set aside some time for personal reflection.

While you should relax and cut loose during your staycation, set aside some time for reflection as well. Mirror gazing can be a great practice for this tip. Some topics to consider reflecting on: things that bring you joy, things that are going right in your life, things you should be proud of, how far you’ve come in the past five years, where you’re going in the near future (your goals, aspirations, and plans to grow). Take advantage of this time away from your routine to reflect and get inspired.

 

With these additions, you can take your summer wardrobe to the next level. But what’s more important than anything is making sure you’re comfortable in your shoes. Be proud of the person you are, and don’t let anyone get you down. This is your mission, no one else’s.

For more fashion tips, check out our blog and let us know what you think!

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