In a post-pandemic world, going on vacation a little closer to home than you might be used to is a great idea. Sometimes looking for ideas of things to do as nearby as your own neighborhood can be really a good way to get some much-needed rest and relaxation in. Not only will you be saving money by not opting for international or even domestic travel, but you’ll be able to get a unique experience that you can share with a loved one that will be a welcome distraction from spending your vacation sitting cooped up at home. The following list of ideas should help to put you on your way.
Try Going To a Spa
Nobody should ever turn down the idea of going to a spa, and perhaps this is just the kind of activity that will amplify your “staycation”. Knowing that you would have spent thousands on airfare for an international trip in more conventional circumstances, why not reallocate some of those funds to a spa day or a spa weekend for you and your friend or for yourself. Going to a spa is a self-care activity that is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of modern-day life. You will be treated to ample massages, treatments and get some decent time to detox in the sauna or steam room as well.
Get a Twin Set of Mani-Pedi’s
Another idea for a vacation close to home involves making an appointment with the nearest nail bar to get a mani, pedi, or a combination of both. Going to a nail bar often becomes more of social activity, so why not bring along a friend or family member, or spoil the person you love. Perhaps you’ve been working very hard and there is someone special in your life that deserves a bit of extra attention and pampering. A twin set of mani-pedi’s will make you feel relaxed, and give you a similar feeling of relaxation to what you would typically find lounging by the pool in a tropical climate.
Tanning and Exploring the Great Outdoors
This next idea is a “two for one special” o to speak. Getting a healthy dose of vitamin D from a tanning session is a proven way to make your skin glow, but also to help boost the serotonin levels in your body. Why not double up a tanning session with a hike or walk exploring the great outdoors in your area afterward? This makes for a wonderful day trip, but can also be exciting for an overnight camping trip that will give you a sense that you’ve actually “gone away” from home. The physical activity alone will be great for enhancing your mood too, and will help wear you out so you get a great night’s sleep under the stars as well.
Visit and Support Local Businesses
The global pandemic has made it very hard for small businesses to survive. Everyone has been feeling the pinch, so staying at home and supporting local businesses is a great way to enhance the local impact of money you would have otherwise spent abroad. This doesn’t have to feel like charity, however! Even something as exhilarating as skydiving near home or going ten-pin bowling with friends gives you the feel of being on holiday from your everyday routine. From arts and crafts to learning how to sculpt or write, there are many creative endeavors and other small businesses that could be fun to consider supporting, all the while knowing that you’re doing your best to help the community navigate relatively uncertain economic times.