Ah, summer. It’s the time of year where thoughts turn to sunny beaches, coastal cottages, camping, and much-needed pauses from the business of everyday life. Even though the world looks different than it did last summer, many are longing for the refreshment and renewal a vacation brings. If travel is not back in the cards just yet, a staycation may be the best way to ensure summer fun.
Head outside for summer fun
Slather on the sunscreen and get some fresh air. Who says you can’t stay cool outdoors? Lounge in an inflatable pool, or a real one if you have access (lucky you!) while sipping on an ice-cold beverage of your choice. Not enough space, or lacking a yard? Find an accessible outdoor location and enjoy the gift of nature with your family. Make it even cooler by channeling your inner child and participating in a good old fashioned family water fight, or take turns running through a sprinkler. These ideas may seem a bit ridiculous at first, but your family may have such a great time that this becomes a new summer tradition. When you require some air conditioning, head inside, get comfortable on the couch, and watch your favorite summer blockbusters.
Enjoy vacation-worthy treats
Delicious dining experiences are often one of the most enjoyable parts about a vacation, so a staycation is a perfect time to test out some of those drool-worthy Pinterest recipes you have been saving. Put on your chef’s hat (bonus points if you actually make one) and whip up culinary delights that are sure to have your family clamoring for more at the dinner table. For a sweet and refreshing dessert option, make homemade popsicles with your favorite fruits or juice blends to enjoy after a satisfying meal -or after one of the fun outdoor activities above.
Bring the beach home
Even if a visit to the actual beach is not an option, you can always make your home give off those surfside vibes. Coastal style accents like tropical artwork, nautical pieces, or playful patterned pillows, can make your home feel like a resort by the sea. Display seashells and photos of memories you collected on previous vacations to instill the feeling of an enjoyable escape into your home-based retreat. If you have kids at home, create beach-themed crafts together to bring their minds to the sea. Once your family has made beautiful ocean art, take photos of everyone with their masterpiece to add to the photos from years past.
Even if you don’t have a destination besides home, a staycation is a wonderful time to unwind and appreciate the small things with those you love. The memories you make may make this year’s “vacation”, the best one yet.