Travel Tips and Ideas

How to Make Your Staycation Relaxing

by Haley Dobrowski | Dec 12, 2022
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Often, going on vacation might be the highlight of the year. There may be countless hours of dreaming, preparing, and anticipation that go into each and every trip we go on. Not to mention, it can be an opportunity to explore parts of the world that we have never seen before. But what is sometimes overlooked is the less familiar staycation. We can have an opportunity to create the same relaxing atmosphere that we experience away from home while at home. We’ve come up with a few tips on how to plan a staycation and make it one of the best vacations you’ve had in years.

Getting Ready

Just like with any vacation, it can be important to prepare in advance. Cleaning your house before your staycation begins can be a first step to getting ready for your staycation. After all, when you arrive at a hotel or vacation rental it is (or should be) spotless. Try not to waste your relaxation time doing chores. Consider buying some exotic coffee or tea to start your staycation mornings with something out of the ordinary or some special bottles of wine. Preparing some personal spa materials and new bath bubbles can be a good way to set yourself up for relaxation. Whatever you indulge in while away, consider finding a version of these items in advance of your staycation!

Having a Plan

One thing that can get you into vacation mode is having a plan. This plan can include time for relaxation, time for adventure, and time for food! Try planning some activities to spend time outside or by the fire playing games, reading, or watching movies. Cooking recipes that you’ve been wanting to try but haven’t had the time, ordering take out from your favorite local restaurant, or trying some place new that just popped up all are great options to plan for your staycation. Consider taking a walk in the center of town or even in your neighborhood. It can be true that adventure lies just outside your door!


One thing that can help us to truly relax when we go away is the opportunity to disconnect from our everyday life. To disconnect, try turning off notifications for all texts, emails, and social media especially if they are connected to work. If the temptation is too high, try turning your phone off completely. This can help you to begin your relaxation at home. The people that you should consider connecting with are the ones you would connect with if you were halfway around the world; the people that are with you. 

Taking Photos

One staple of vacation is pictures. The same may be true when you're enjoying your staycation. Try breaking out your professional camera. You might be able to learn something new about photography by trying new things in a well-known setting. If you feel silly taking pictures of your home or yard, then consider practicing by taking photos of your family or pets. You may end up with some great social media profile pictures to post once you reconnect with the world, or even your next holiday greeting card!

Staycations can be just as relaxing as going away. You might even use this time to begin dreaming about where you will go next. Be sure to remember your travel protection the next time you venture further than your hometown. Talk to your travel advisor or visit our website to learn more.





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