We all enjoy periodic vacations, who doesn’t? We eat amazing food, check out new places, take a nap wherever and whenever we want, and just enjoy the freedom to do anything or even nothing during our day. However, sometimes going out for a “normal” vacation just isn’t possible, like many of us can’t go anywhere due to COVID-19, or maybe your budget and financial commitments don’t permit you to do so at the moment. If that’s your current reality right now, don’t worry, you can still have fun. A staycation is a wonderful alternative and if done well, it can give you both the relaxation and rejuvenation you desperately need without breaking the bank.
A staycation, as the name suggests, basically means that you either stay at home or in town while you take a vacation. Essentially, you do escape from the daily grind but you still don’t go away.
If you’re serious about moving forward towards your financial goals, and are still paying off debt or saving money in your three-to-six months worth of emergency fund, then in my humble opinion, staycation is the way to go!
So, how do you make your house a staycation haven? When we go on a regular vacation, one of the best and most rewarding things that happens is the change of scenery. Due to this, it gets easier to “get away from it all” and simply relax and recharge. But when you spend your vacation time in your own house, in order to bring all those pleasant vacation feelings to your humble abode, you’ll have to put some effort and take care of a few things. Here are some suggestions to inspire you to transform your home into a relaxing staycation sanctuary:
- Get the fancy crockery and cutlery out.
- Thoroughly clean and tidy up your house.
- Get beautiful (if possible freshly laundered) sheets out.
- Go out and explore the city or town you live in; if you’re a wandering and curious soul spend as much time outside as possible (of course, please practice all safety precautions!).
- Play relaxing music in the background.
- Light up some candles and get the hygge quotient up.
- Put snacks, beverages and drinks out on furniture where they’re easily available, and new shower gels, shampoo and conditioner bottles in the bathroom (just like you see in a hotel room or Airbnb).
- Burn incense sticks or use air freshener regularly.
- If you enjoy staying in, spend your maximum time in pajamas, robes, yoga pants, flip-flops, or hoodies — basically anything that you find relaxing and comfortable.
- Add a vase of fresh flowers to your entryway or living room table, or put one or two houseplants in visible spaces.
- Buy the books that you’ve been meaning to read and put them either on your coffee table or your nightstand, so that you actually start reading them right away.
- Change the lighting if possible to create a more warm and soothing atmosphere.
- Stay away from news channels and websites, and minimize your social media intake.
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