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Staycation ideas for summer

Staycation ideas: How to create a relaxing retreat at home

Many of us find it hard to get time away, whether that’s due to work, family or other obligations. But not being able to travel abroad doesn't mean you can’t do something relaxing and fun with your loved ones.

Creating a relaxing retreat at home for a staycation is a wonderful way to unwind and rejuvenate without the hassle of travelling.

Here are some ideas to help you create a tranquil and enjoyable holiday from the comfort of your own home.

Get the atmosphere right.

  • Declutter your space: Tidy up those messy drawers, wardrobes and garden spaces to create a calm and organised environment.
  • Adjust lighting: Use soft, warm lighting or candles to create a cosy atmosphere.
  • Play soothing music: Create a playlist of ambient songs or nature sounds which can take you away from the stresses of everyday life.

Create a spa experience.

  • Prepare a luxurious bath: Add a fancy bath bomb, essential oils or bubble bath to your bath. Consider using scented candles or dimmed lights to enhance the experience.
  • Pamper yourself: Treat yourself to a pamper with face masks, body scrubs and body butters for an at-home spa treatment.
  • Set up a chillout area: Create a dedicated space (inside or outside) with comfy seating, soft blankets and pillows where you can lay your head and even have a snooze if you fancy!

Explore nature indoors.

  • Indoor plants: Bring nature indoors by adding plants to your living spaces. They can improve air quality and create a serene, natural atmosphere.
  • Nature-inspired décor: Use eco-friendly materials like wood, stones, pebbles or seashells which will look beautiful and can even be painted with mesmerising patterns.
  • Create a reading nook: Set up a snug corner where you can curl up in an armchair complemented with soft lighting and a collection of books.

Disconnect from technology.

  • Digital detox: Limit your screen time and disconnect from electronic devices to really make the most of ‘you time’. Consider setting time limits for how much time you can spend online, or even have a break from technology completely.
  • Meditation and mindfulness: Practice meditation, yoga or mindfulness exercises to help clear your mind and promote relaxation.
  • Journaling: Spend time reflecting and writing down your thoughts or goals. This is a great way to get things off your chest that might be weighing you down.

Indulge in hobbies.

  • Watch movies or TV shows: Create a mini-movie theatre experience at home with popcorn and your most-loved films.
  • Cook or bake: Try out new recipes (there are plenty online!) or indulge in your fave comfort foods and snacks.
  • Build a den: Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained? Make time with them extra special by building a den using pillows and blankets, then playing games with them inside it!
  • Get crafty: If you have been thinking about taking a new craft but not got round to it, now is the perfect time. This could be anything from sewing or crochet to diamond art or painting.

Explore virtual experiences.

  • Virtual tours: Did you know that you can take virtual tours of museums, landmarks and travel destinations you've always wanted to visit? This is perfect if you can’t get there in person, and is a cost-effective, time saving way to still see what’s out there.
  • Online classes or workshops: Learn something new by enrolling in online courses or workshops that interest you. There are lots out there to discover, including learning new languages, upgrading your business skills and lifesaving skills like first aid.
  • Virtual hangouts: Connect with friends and loved ones through video calls or online games.

Remember, the key to a successful staycation is to create a break from your daily routine and allow yourself to relax and recharge.

Tailor these ideas to suit you and of course, if you have any ideas for us to try please let us know!