No stringent schedule. Eating exotic foods. Getting lost in a novel. Trying a new activity that takes you outside your comfort zone.
These are the types of things that make for a memorable vacation. The problem is, you’re not traveling this year and, instead, are opting for a “staycation.”
But just because you’re staying put doesn’t mean you can’t have an incredible time. In fact, many activities that make a vacation wonderful can be emulated at home.
To help make your staycation feel like a real getaway, follow these five steps.
Limit technology: When you travel to a faraway location, you probably have limited-to-no access to your cell phone and email. That disconnection helps you unwind. Mimic that feeling by limiting your technology use during your staycation. Leave your phone upstairs, turn the computer off and resist grabbing the tablet.
Escape with a destination-specific book: Want to feel like you’re leaving town without leaving the house? Historical fiction can transport you to a different time and place.
Eat exotic and amazing fare: Every corner of the world offers cuisine that represents the culture of the people who live there. When you travel, eating these types of foods enhances the vacation experience. During your staycation, skip standard weekly meals and try new destination-inspired recipes and make a few at home.
Drink and be merry: Complement your meals with a location-inspired libation, such as a Mai Tai from Hawaii or Vieux Carre from New Orleans. Of course, there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to wet your whistle. Feel the southern charm of a sweet tea or instead of a classic cup of Joe, indulge in an Italian espresso or an iced coffee.
Break routine with a daily adventure: You may be home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore areas of your city to which you rarely venture. Visit that museum. Go to that quiet park. Take a hike down by the river. Try something new, such as paddle boarding or rock climbing.
–Courtesy of Brandpoint