7 Staycation ideas when you can't travel


The unprecedented changes of the past year have left quite a toll on many people, and the need to visit ‘the great outdoors’ has become more necessary than ever before. With government-issued stay-at-home orders, many people were left feeling bored and mentally stressed from being locked indoors.

Thankfully, with the effects of the pandemic starting to ease up and strict lockdown measures being lifted in many countries, having a staycation can offer a much-need break to those who have been feeling caged—all without having to travel far away from home.

From touring your neighbourhood to building a camp in your own backyard, here are some staycation ideas to give you that vacation feeling straying too far.

  1. Taking virtual tours

When the pandemic struck, many businesses were forced to become digitalized and that meant offering virtual tours for those who were stuck indoors. For now, it seems like virtual tours may not be going away anytime soon.

You can choose to visit a Canadian live casino, park or even a museum. There are several other exotic places you can visit like European castles and exciting tourist attractions like Machu Picchu, all without leaving your couch. From the comfort of your home, you can tour other cities like New York and Tel Aviv.

  1. Go camping

Camping is one activity that allows you to safely explore your neighbourhood and immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of the great outdoors.

The pandemic sure caused a lot of cabin fever in most families and going camping can help everyone heal emotionally and mentally. Also, if you don’t have access to a suitable campsite, you can become creative and make your backyard or even living room space a campsite.

  1. Spend time at a hotel or resort

If you’re feeling in the mood to be waited upon and pampered, you can choose to skip your camping trip and spend some time at a local hotel or resort to get that breakfast-in-bed treatment.

Hotels and resorts can be a great escape from your routine life and would help you easily unwind and see your city through a fresh new pair of tourist's eyes, even if you’re only staying for a weekend.

  1. Visit a local tourist attraction site

If you’re lucky to have several tourist attractions in your state like a park, science centre, museum or art gallery, a staycation is the best time to visit these places.

You organize a picnic if you’re visiting a park or indulge in other outdoor activities like cycling, hiking, kayaking and wildlife watching. If you visit a science centre, museum or art gallery, you would definitely be intrigued enough to learn a thing or two from your time there.

  1. Go on a food tour

For those with adventurous taste buds, taking a food tour to a nearby city or town would give you a whole new experience.

You can either choose to look for a professionally organized food tour with a personal guide or make plans for your own personal tour with different stops at various restaurants and food spots. Creating a theme for your tour would add to the fun and you can immortalize the experience by making videos of your encounters.

  1. Visit a spa

Most staycations are never complete without a visit to the spa. Dedicate a whole day to indulge in self-care by booking a session at a local spa.

Spas are a perfect vacation spot for your body and mind. So, be sure to book ahead of time to save yourself some money and be more physically and mentally prepared for this soothing vacation.

  1. Do something spontaneous

Spontaneity can be the missing piece in your staycation adventure. There are several things that you can do in the spur-of-the-moment depending on where you are.

If you book a hotel room, rather than making plans just walk around the neighbourhood and stop at places that interest you—whether it’s a bookstore, restaurant, mall or interesting architecture.


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