The staycation, or the art of spending your holidays at home
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With the limitations caused by COVID-19, the staycation promises to be on trend this summer. You aren’t familiar with this form of enjoying your vacation? Here are my tips to organize a staycation that is both relaxing and entertaining.
The term staycation arises from the fusion of words stay and vacation.
The idea behind this phenomenon is to take advantage of a period of vacation near home. This allows you to better explore your neighborhood, city or area as well as to enjoy the entertainment and attractions that are offered since it is rarely possible to do when working.
The concept of staycation is still abstract for you? Here are some ideas to make you want to plan a vacation close to home:
A break from meal preparation is always welcome, especially when you are off. Why not take the opportunity to discover new restaurants in the area? You could take your meals to go and enjoy them in a park. Some restaurants even offer boxed lunches for picnics with friends!
Get a tour guide and explore your own city or get inspired to find activities that interest you. For my part, I particularly like to follow the suggested routes to explore the downtown area. You can also visit the website of your region for suggestions of places to visit and activities to discover.
Whether it’s cycling, paddle boarding, canoeing, hiking, etc., the practice of a sport will allow you to keep fit while motivating you to enjoy the good weather during your vacation. Now is a good time to discover new activities that you have not yet dared to try!
For one or more overnight stays, get out of the comfort of your bed and treat yourself to an experience in nature. Whether in a tent or in another type of shelter (yurt, refuge, etc.), a night in the open air will break your routine and make you experience a little change of scenery.
If you don’t feel ready to sleep in a tent, a night at the hotel can fill your need to get away from it all, while maintaining a level of comfort you are happy in.
Take the time to visit a local bookstore and seek advice for book suggestions that suit your current tastes and aspirations. Book in hand, find a peaceful corner and treat yourself to some reading and relaxation.
Do you dream of writing a novel, organizing your old photos, getting into gardening, preparing a bucket list of your next travel destinations or redecorating your room? Whatever project you would like to carry out, now is a good time to act!
Whether it’s time for a massage, a hot bath or a visit to the hair salon, be sure to schedule moments entirely devoted to your wellness.
Go discover a park in your area that you have never been to and enjoy a day outdoors to explore the hiking or cycling trails. You could also use the services of a guide to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region.
When I’m on vacation abroad, there is one thing that I always find unsettling and that is the lack of WIFI. If I’m in a place where there’s no cellular network, I tend to “disconnect” from everyday life more quickly and very easily, and that’s something I really appreciate.
For my vacation in Quebec, I therefore challenge myself to turn off my cell phone and take time off from social networks for a few days to take full advantage of this time. Will you be tempted to do the same?