Have your summer plans been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19? Just because your vacation may not look the same this year doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little break!
As summer comes to a close, you may be considering a staycation to break up your daily routine. Here at FACT we have some ideas you may want to ponder in planning your perfect staycation. Of course, please consider your own risk factors and levels of infection in your area before doing any kind of travel.
First, decide whether you are going to stay at your own home for your staycation or book accommodations locally. If you are staying at your own home, consider unplugging electronic devices for a few days to make it seem like a true getaway. You also may want to rearrange some furniture or hang some special lights outside to make your space feel new. Although these may seem like simplistic ideas, even the slight change of scenery can make a world of difference.
If you decide to stay somewhere else, be sure to check local guidelines and figure out what amenities are open during this time. For example, if you book a hotel with a pool, be sure to research ahead of time if it is open and what precautions are currently in place. You may also consider a local AirBNB or camp site to spend your time.
Second, treat your time like you are truly in a far-off destination. If you are able, take the time off work and release the daily responsibilities. Just because you are in your same city does not mean you can’t unplug and treat yourself to some rest!
Third, plan some day trips and activities. People have truly been creative during this time! Check your local library, city, or news sites to see what is going on in your area. Activities such as virtual wine tastings, socially distanced historical tours, and tons of outdoor activities are available. You just need to take the time to do the research and consider what activities are fit your lifestyle and comfort level during this time.
Finally, you may want to take this time to make a day trip. Maybe you’ve been wanting to visit the local state park that is just far enough away from your home that it doesn’t fit into your weekend schedule. Now is the perfect time! Hop in the car and let the day take you where it may. After all, you are on vacation!