There’s nothing quite like a good vacation to blow the cobwebs away and help you to catch up on some much-needed relaxation time. But, here’s the thing – most of us lead very busy lives, and that means we can’t take anywhere near as many vacations as we would like. If we aren’t careful, this can leave us feeling overworked, burned out and even stressed or depressed if we aren’t careful.
So, what’s the solution? Turning your home into a staycation haven, of course! When your home is set up for the kind of relaxation you usually only enjoy on vacation, whether you have a few days off work or a free evening to spend relaxing, you can really make the most of it, without ever having to leave your home, or spend a fortune on fun experiences, if you don’t want to!
Sound good? Here are some simple things you can do to turn your home into s staycation paradise:
The Humble Hammock
A staycation should be all about comfort, which is why you absolutely need a hammock. Depending on where you are and what the weather is like right now, it might have to be an indoor hammock, but trust me, having a comfy hammock where you can lie back and enjoy the gentle swaying motions is a sure-fire way to make your home feel more like a fantastic vacation resort.
A Fiery Pit
Staycations are always better when you spend a lot of time in the yard, and having your own firepit will certain make spending evenings outdoors more comfortable, especially at this time of year. You and the whole family will have a great time gathered around the fire pit, toasting marshmallows, telling ghost stories and watching the flames dance -something which is pretty soothing. Just remember to stock your kitchen with lots of mallows, gram crackers, and chocolate so you can get your s’more fix.
Invest in Entertainment
Turning your home into a staycation haven means filling it with lots of entertainment options to help you pass the time in a fun and relaxing way. One of the easiest ways to do this is to get internet service from a company that offers a good, able entertainment package., That way, when you want to sit back, relax and just take in a good movie or favorite TV show, or stream your favorite music, you can do so quickly without any annoying interruptions or endless amounts of buffering. Make sure to choose a package that delivers the kind of entertainment you and your family really love, to ensure you’re never stuck without anything good to entertain you.
Increase the Comfort Factor in Your Bedroom
One of the best things about going on vacation is the hotel bedroom. If you book yourself into a suitably luxurious suite, the bed will be huge and comfortable, dressed with the crispest white sheets and fluffiest pillows you’ve ever had the pleasure of sleeping on. The curtains will be heavy and lined, blocking out every inch of light and the extras like scented candles and fluffy robes help to make even something as simple as taking a rest feel like a divine luxury. If you want your bedroom to feel like this all year round, invest in bringing these little luxuries to your room – you won’t regret it.
Stock Your Drinks Cabinet
There’s nothing like relaxing on the beach or your hotel balcony with an exotic cocktail or fine bodied red wine in your hand, knowing that you don’t have to worry about anything more than letting your hair down and having a good time. You don’t have to wait for a vacation to enjoy this simple pleasure; every weekend at your staycation haven can feel as good as those long nights away if you take the time to stock your drinks cabinet with lots of exotic liqueurs and quality wines.
Create an Outdoor Dining Area
Eating outdoors is just so much more pleasant than eating indoors, providing it isn’t raining buckets and you have the right setup to do so. So, first and foremost, invest in a decent outdoor grill, which is versatile enough that you can cook a wide variety of dishes on it. Then, but a quality table and chairs large enough to at least accommodate the family. Add a gazebo and canopy to shield from some of the elements, and a space heater or two to bring the comfort on cooler days and you’ll always be able to benefit from the sweeter tasting food that comes from being eaten outdoors.
Install a Water Feature
The sound of running water is one of the most soothing sounds there is, so if you want to be able to truly relax when you’re enjoying a staycation day at home, why not install a water feature? You can purchase indoor and outdoor water fountains which will instantly transport you to past vacations on the French Riviera or nights spent camping under the stars nearby a babbling brook, allowing you to truly relax your body and mind and get some quality rest.
Build a Sunroom
If you have a bigger budget to spend on turning your home into a staycation haven, one of the best things you could possibly do is create your very own sun room. Then, no matter what time of year it is, and how bad the weather might be, you can still get your fix of nature. You’ll be able to sit back and relax with a glass of wine or cup of hot chocolate, watching the seasons change, the birds do their thing, and the rain hit the glass, without having to worry about a thing. To get the most out of your sun room, be sure to fill it with lots of exotic plants and flowers that remind you of favortie vacation spots, and invest in some comfy furniture. You could even set up a free standing hammock in there for even more indulgence!
Transform Your Bathroom into a Spa
If you’re one of those people, who likes to be pampered when you’re on vacation, set your home up so your staycation can be more like a trip to a quality spa too. It’s pretty easy to do. First of all, you’ll want to clear out the clutter and give the bathroom a good clean. Then, invest in some high quality scented candles, essentials oils, and indulgent bubble baths, not to mention some nice bath and body products. Finish off with some pretty plants and perhaps a stack of zen pebbles and every bath time will have the potential to be as indulgent as a trip to the Mandarin Oriental or Acqualina Resort & Spa. You deserve it.
Do Up Your Garden
Most of us, when we’re on vacation, spend a lot more time outdoors, whether on the beach, out in the woods or beautiful country gardens. It makes sense, then, to get the authentic vacation at home feel, that you spend a fair amount of time whipping your garden into shape. You don’t have to do anything fancy,but ensuring that the lawn is always mowed, and the weeding is done, and adding some exotic plant life in the form of palm trees, orchids, bamboo or whatever else takes your fancy, will help to create the kind of vibe you’re looking for, as will hanging colorful outdoor lanterns, and perhaps painting your fence an interesting,vibrant color, rather than the standard white or brown.
Despite doing all of the above, it might be difficult for you to think of your home as a staycation haven when you’re looking at the same old furniture you use every day. One way to overcome this obstacle to total, decadent relaxation is by investing in some exotic fabrics. You can use these fabrics, which perhaps feature palm leaf prints, traditional Indian mandalas or anything else that reminds you of far-flung destinations, to cover your couches, hang on the walls and spice up your bedding, when you’re in staycation mode, It’ll take only a few minutes to put them in place, but they could make a great difference to your mindset.
Install a Deck
While you’re doing up the garden, why not add some decking too? A deck makes it a lot easier to find a comfortable place to sit, set up your furniture and enjoy the view of your newly spruced up garden area, and it is a very affordable option. Just make sure you take the time to clean and restain it on a regular basis, so it’s always ready for action when you fancy a nice staycation.
You really don’t have to go away to benefit from that vacation vibe. By using the above ideas to transform your home, you can have a wonderfully relaxing staycation at any time, and you’ll have the added bonus of adding value to your home that will last a lot longer than any vacation you take. You know it makes sense.