Rest and relaxation doesn’t have to come exclusively from a trip away. Sometimes a nice staycation is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re looking for ideas on how to execute the perfect staycation, here are a few suggestions. 

Create a Budget

Establishing a budget is an important part of a staycation. Just like if you chose to travel away from home, you need to decide how much you’re willing to spend. This will help drive your decisions for what you want to do with your time. Ordering food and going on excursions can start to add up quickly. Keep that in mind when making your plans. 

Choose Activities

Your ideal staycation might include you playing tourist in your own city or it might be a weekend where you hardly leave your home. Whatever you decide, make sure you make a loose schedule of activities. Whether it’s taking a nap, reading a book, visiting a local museum, or lounging by the pool, it’s important to plan at least a few things to do. Make sure you can do everything you want to do.

Support Local Businesses

If you’re planning to stay home, make it a point to patron some of your local mom and pop shops. Support local businesses as often as you can. You never know when you’ll discover your new favorite shop. This is a great way to invest back into your community. 

Get Outside

Take some time outdoors during your staycation. It’s important for your mental health to get some sunshine and fresh air. Go swimming, take a hike or head to the park. An article written by Zoe Roscoe for elaborates further by saying, “When your days consist of working from home, getting outside for some fresh air is a great change of scenery. If you live in a hike-friendly area, tackle a new trail that you’ve never tried before. If you’re in a city or area without trails, try walking around a new neighborhood to explore new territory.”


A staycation is the perfect time to indulge in self-care. Treat yourself to a face or hair mask. Go get a manicure or pedicure. Take yourself to a spa. Get a massage. When things get busy or chaotic, it’s easy to put your needs on the backburner. Take some time for yourself. Make sure you’re doing things that make you feel relaxed and good about yourself. This will help you feel rested and ready to go back to the ‘real world’ when your staycation is over. 

A well planned staycation can be just as relaxing as a vacation away. In fact, it can be even more relaxing because you don’t have to worry about navigating airports, dealing with time changes or struggling with navigating a new place. If you want to do a staycation, make sure you think it through. Doing so will ensure you have a great time, feel restored and are ready to head back to your day-to-day life.

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