Spring break is upon us. It’s that time of the year once again to escape from work, relax, and bond with the whole family. This year’s spring break poses a problem, though: there’s a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus, that the World Health Organization declared as a public health emergency, has forced entire countries to go on lockdowns, and people to go on self-quarantines.
So how should you go on vacation, now? Simple. You go on a staycation.
But what is a staycation and how do you do it during a quarantine? How do you have a good staycation? And what are the best staycation ideas? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’re going to share with you the ways on how to relax at home in this article, and more. Excited? Then let’s get started!
Before we start, though, allow us to make our terms clear. You see, staycation usually means going on a vacation by visiting a place that’s within driving distance. You don’t need to go out-of-town. However, since we are required to practice social distancing and self-quarantine procedures, we are going to push the boundaries of staycationing by giving you ideas that will work even within the comforts of your own home.
Things to Do on a Staycation
With that out of the way, here are our favorite staycation ideas to do during a quarantine (or during those days when you’re simply stuck at home with nothing to do with the kids):
Whoever said that you can’t go on a camping vacation at home? Our idea of fun backyard camping is pretty simple. You don’t even need to get any fancy camping equipment. All you really need is a wide-enough backyard and tarps. That’s right.
With a tarp, ropes, a knowledge of tying strong knots, and trees that are adequately spaced between each other, you can already make a DIY hammock. With another piece of tarp, a long stick, a long rope, and four stakes (that you can also make from sticks) you can already make a DIY tent.
Explore Other Cultures
Don’t you just miss that time when you can easily get in your car and go on weekend getaways? After all, at the top of our weekend vacation ideas (pre-pandemic) is to explore other cultures, such as immersing one’s self in a different locality, tasting their food, and most of all, visiting their museums!
While you definitely can’t physically immerse yourself and get to know people from other cultures, don’t let it hold you back from tasting their food and visiting their museums. You can always find recipes online. We understand that shopping opportunities can be quite limited right now, so we recommend looking for snack ideas instead.
As for your museum visits, there are a lot of museums that now offer virtual tours. We suggest linking your digital device to your smart TV for a wider screen. In this way, you can all explore the museum together with a cultural-appropriate snack.
Have a Movie Marathon
Outdoor movie watching is definitely at the top of family staycation ideas, especially for families who are on a limited budget. The cool night breeze, the experience of being on picnic mats together with other people, the food stands…yep, it’s fun.
However, you can certainly recreate the experience at home! All you need, again, is a tarp—this time, plain white and clean—and a portable LCD projector.
Here’s a pro tip: You can do this during your camping night!
What’s even great about this tip is that both the movies and snacks are unlimited. By the way, you can always spend your movie marathon indoors but it’s going to be an entirely different experience than what we’re going for.
Learn Something New
Finally, we believe that the best staycation ideas are those where you learn something new. For instance, when during our backyard camping when we learn how to tie knots and other cool survival skills. But these new skills doesn’t have to be limited to outdoor ones. Pick a new hobby or skill that most of you in the family are dying to try. Or you can pick a few ones and schedule an alternative learning day.
Watch a Live Performance
If there’s one thing we appreciate during this pandemic is that a lot of musical artists are now holding live concerts and performances that you can stream online. You can look up the exact schedule in their respective social media pages so you can tune in on time.
Hold a Spa Day
All you need are some grooming essentials like face masks and mani-pedi kits and you can already organize a spa day at home with the family. Honestly, we enjoy home spa days better than going to an actual spa since giving each other foot rubs is a form of touch therapy and can strengthen the love and care you have for each other.
Hold a Cook-off
For families who love good food, a cook-off is certainly a good idea. You can now finally answer the million-dollar question: who cooks the best in the family? Don’t have enough ingredients? You can turn this limit into a challenge.
Have a Dance Party
What about those who love to dance? Then have a dance party! We enjoy streaming Just Dance videos on YouTube that even the small kids and elderly can easily follow and dance to, but you can always curate your own dance playlist.
You don’t have to go to a resort or the beach to swim. There are outdoor pools that you can easily assemble in your backyard that can provide the same enjoyment and refreshing feeling. What’s best is that you can even have a family barbecue as well to complement your fun afternoon.
Host a Gaming Competition
Finally, you can always watch your favorite games on TV but you know what’s more fun? Having your own gaming competition at home! You don’t even need to be sporty. You can always settle the score with video games, board games, or whatever fun games you can come up with.
Benefits of a Staycation
There are definitely other family staycation ideas aside from the ones we have mentioned above. Feel free to research other fun activities that might better suit your family’s personality and fun factor. In the end, we simply love staycations because of the following reasons:
- You don’t have to waste your time traveling.
- You can bring anyone, from your baby to your pets!
- You are in total control over everything, especially if it’s done at home.
- And most of all, it’s definitely cheaper compared to an actual vacation.
Speaking of which…
How Much Will a Staycation Cost?
Stats show that the average expense of going on a vacation per day within the country is $150 and $300 outside the country. On the other hand, going on a staycation at home will cost almost nothing, especially if you follow the ideas we have shared with you above since most of the things you’ll need to make them happen are already available for you to use at home. Post-pandemic staycation costs are still significantly low. Your $500, for instance, can already go a long way when exploring your own locality.
In the end, going on a staycation is still the cheapest route to take if you want to spend some quality bonding time with the family, even after this quarantine has been lifted. Aside from that, it’s also a great way to better appreciate the place that you are living in and see it in a whole new light. Anyway, thank you so much for reading our article. Keep safe and stay healthy!