Staycation, All You Ever Wanted?
In the 1980s, the pop group The Go-Go’s had a hit song called “Vacation.” “Vacation, all I ever wanted,” they sang. Vacations, breaks, getaways—whatever you call them—can be great for our mental health and well-being. But getting away is not always possible due to family commitments or the health of a loved one, so why not tweak the words to “Staycation, all I ever wanted”?
Pick Your Favorites
What do you love most about a vacation? Is it relaxation? Exploring? Being in nature? No matter where you live, there are ways you can make these happen for your staycation. Think of activities (or nonactivities!) that are relaxing, enjoyable, and tailored to your interests and abilities.
We’ve got a sample plan for a weeklong staycation that can happen just about anywhere. But a friendly word of caution: If you fill seven days full of staycation fun, you might need—you guessed it—a vacation from your staycation! Choose from the following “menu” to make the best staycation for you and your abilities.
Day 1: Home Spa Day
- Start with a leisurely breakfast in bed.
- Set up a home spa experience, including a warm bath with Epsom salts, essential oils, and soothing music.
- Go for a gentle massage, or hire a professional massage therapist to come to your house.
- Finish the day with a calming herbal tea and a good book or movie.
Day 2: Art and Creativity
- Begin the day with a leisurely walk in a nearby park or garden.
- Set up an in-home art studio and spend the day exploring various artistic pursuits, such as painting or sketching.
- In the evening, attend a local theater performance or concert, or watch a favorite movie or play at home.
Day 3: Culinary Adventures
- Start the day with a cooking class or lesson, either in person or online, focusing on a favorite cuisine or technique.
- Prepare a special lunch or dinner using the skills learned in the class.
- Invite family or friends over for a potluck dinner, sharing food and stories.
Day 4: Local Exploration
- Visit a nearby museum, art gallery, or historical site that you’ve never been to before or would like to revisit.
- Enjoy lunch at a favorite local restaurant or try a new one.
- In the evening, attend a local event, such as a lecture, book signing, or community gathering.
Day 5: Nature Day
- July is Park and Recreation Month, so begin with a leisurely walk or short hike in a nearby nature reserve, park, or botanical garden.
- Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy outdoors.
- Spend the afternoon bird-watching, perusing the vegetation, or simply relaxing and enjoying the natural surroundings.
Day 6: Social Day
- Host a game day at home, inviting friends and family to play board games, card games, or puzzles.
- In the afternoon, have a tea party or coffee gathering, sharing stories and laughter with loved ones.
- End the day with a group video call with distant friends or family members who couldn’t be there in person.
Day 7: Reflection and Relaxation
- Start the day with a gentle yoga or meditation session.
- Spend time journaling or working on a personal memoir or family history project.
- Finish the day with a quiet evening at home, perhaps sitting outside if the weather permits.
Don’t Forget To Document Your Staycation Memories
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t have mementos of your staycation, just as you would for a traveling vacation. Send yourself a postcard or send them to family and friends! Of course, take pictures—and consider making a photo book, a calendar for next year, or gifts for family and friends.
How Right at Home Can Help
Right at Home provides a range of in-home care services for seniors and adults with disabilities. Do you need a break from your daily caregiving responsibilities? Every situation is unique, so our caregivers are trained to be prepared and help you feel comfortable knowing your loved one is in good hands. You can step away and recharge while your loved one is safe and cared for. Use our office locator to find the office nearest you and ask for a FREE in-home consultation.