Beauty & Confidence: Health
4 Amazing Staycation Ideas Youâ€™ve Never Thought of
By Sharon Liao for Beauty & Confidence
Need a vacation but donâ€™t have the time or funds? No problem! With a little legwork and creativity, you can plan an escape right in your own home or backyard. Youâ€™ll create happy memories for the whole family without the hassle of packing a single suitcase. Consider these innovative ideas.
1. Host a spa day.
You donâ€™t have to spend hundreds of dollars to unwind. Recreate that tranquil environment in your own home: First, declare the day tech-free and turn off all televisions, computers and cell phones. To add spa-like touches, fill pitchers with water, cucumber slices and mint leaves, playing a peaceful soundtrack, such as the â€œSpa Suiteâ€ channel on Pandora.
Then schedule â€œtreatmentsâ€ with your kids: Set up a manicure station where they can paint their nails (donâ€™t forget to keep tissues on hand in case of smudges) and a
makeover area where they can experiment with makeup. You can also apply facial masks or draw aromatherapy baths.
Extra splurge: Invest in plush robes to wear all day, or contact a local spa for a masseuse or manicurist that makes house calls for an at-home treatment.
2. Go camping!
Set up a tent in your backyard for a campout. During the day, go on a hike at a local park or nature preserve, complete with trail mix. In the evening, gather around the campfire to roast hot dogs and make sâ€™mores while telling ghost stories.
Extra splurge: To make the experience more comfy, use an air mattress inside the tent. You can also spark your childâ€™s interest in nature with a guide to flowers or small camping kit.
3. Create a backyard waterpark.
Waterparks are classic summer fun, but theyâ€™re often expensive or too far away. Set up your own version in your backyard: Fill up a few inflatable pools with water, and get some water guns and water balloons. Then invite your kidsâ€™ friends over to play. Theyâ€™ll spend hours splashing around with the toys.
Extra splurge: Create a healthier version of the concession stand by setting up a table full of drinks, fruit slices and other healthy snacks. Finish the evening with a barbecue or pizza party.
4. Have a luxury vacation (on a budget!).
For a fun spin on a big-city vacation, plan a day full of cultural adventures. Print out an itinerary of the dayâ€™s events for your family: Start with a breakfast of croissants at a local park. Then check out a new, unusual museum or cultural sight in the area that your family hasnâ€™t yet visited. Follow that with a meal and dessert at one of the fancier restaurants in town, or serve up dinner at a table decorated with candles and fresh flowers in the backyard. Then finish the evening with a classic New York-centric movie, such as Breakfast at Tiffanyâ€™s. For a luxurious touch, place a gourmet chocolate on everyoneâ€™s pillow to find at bedtime.
Extra splurge: Give each child a certain amount and let them pick out a souvenir throughout the day. It will serve as a token of their fun family staycation!
Sharon Liao is an editor and writer in Brooklyn, NY. She has been on staff at SHAPE, Prevention and Fitness magazines.