The point of a staycation is to make it feel as much like a getaway as possible, whether you’re adventuring with friends, family or by yourself – all without leaving the comfort of your own home, city, or surrounding area.
First, decide on a budget. Are you going to try and do something that costs less than a vacation would – or costs nothing at all? Or do you want to splurge on local activities that cost more?
When it comes to staycations, some ground rules also need to be set beforehand. Think of it this way: If you were going away on vacation, what would you be doing – and not doing – with your time? Make a list, then use that to guide your staycation. This could include anything from not checking your phone or emails, watching television, cleaning, doing laundry, or cooking.
Basically: If it feels like baggage you wouldn’t take with you on vacation, leave it behind on your staycation, too. Try to get caught up on these things before you start your staycation to make sure you aren’t thinking of them and tempted to work. Clean your house, get your errands done, and check your email before your staycation officially starts.
Lastly, you have to get creative – whether it’s with your time or your budget. Chances are there are tons of things you can do without having to go far, either because you never have time when you are in town, or simply because you had never thought about it. Here are 10 ideas that could get you started:
- Camp in your own backyard. Who said you need to go far to set up a tent and camp out? Build a fire or use the grill to cook s’mores, then take turns telling ghost stories or just enjoying the company around you. Leave the tent fly off and lay down enjoy the night sky. If you download the Night Sky App, it can help you identify different constellations, stars, planets and satellites. My favourite gear for camping in the backyard includes the Coleman Prairie Trail Cabin Tent (8 person), as there is lots of room to stand, move and set-up a great sleeping set-up. For my sleeping set-up I like to pair my Coleman Granite Peak Sleeping Bag with a Coleman Double-High Pillowtop Queen Airbed to really bring the comfort outdoors! Although you’re not camping far from home (you’re just a few steps away) its important to remember a Coleman Divide & Twist Lantern to help you get around or escort little ones to the bathroom inside.
- Play outside. Head out onto your local trails, go for a bike ride, grab a canoe, go for a long walk, visit the local water park, or hit up an outdoor pool. Pick an activity that suits everyone’s athletic ability. Don’t forget to pack snacks and drinks! This could be a whole day event. When on the go, I like to bring with me a soft-sided cooler like the Coleman Sport High Performance Soft Cooler (36-Can), because it travels well and keeps your drinks cold (up to 24 hours). This is a great way to ensure you’re hydrated after a day of playing hard.
- Eat Outside – Go to a local park and have a cook-out or host a cookout with friends and family. Or try a pot luck and get everyone to bring a different food, drink or dessert and enjoy the company of others. You can bring along your Coleman FyreSergeant 2-Burner Grill Stove to ensure food is hot when its time to eat and pack your drinks in a Coleman Wheeled Cooler to keep them cold! Bring along the Coleman Eaved Canopy to ensure you’re protected from the sun.
- Create your own art/crafts. Feeling crafty? Head to the craft store and get yourself some paints and canvas, then take your supplies somewhere outdoors and recreate a view. You could also look up different art you could potentially recreate, whether you are into pottery, painting, beading, quilting, knitting, etc. If you’re feeling social, there are lots of paint nights and craft events that happen in many different cities, so do some research and see if your city hosts any!
- Outdoor yoga. Grab your yoga mat, some water and a little snack, then head outdoors and find a quiet place somewhere private. Spend some time reflecting, stretching and focusing on your yoga practice, whatever that may mean to you. Maybe it’s simply being mindful and engaging in simple breathing techniques with minimal stretching involved. Or, if you are an active yogi, this practice could be more enhanced. Reconnect with yourself and nature around you.
- Binge read. Head to your local bookstore or library and pick out a new book, or crack open the one you’ve been meaning to dive into but haven’t yet. If you own a hammock, grab that – if not, a lawn chair like the Coleman Extra-Large Quad Chair or a blanket works, too. Make sure you create an environment that is comfortable and relaxing. Go somewhere quiet, whether it’s in your backyard, a local park, or somewhere that you know of where you won’t be disturbed. Fill a traveling thermos with your favourite hot or cold drink, kick back on your lawn chair, hammock or picnic bench, sip away, and get lost in your book. I like to bring along my Coleman Granite Peak Sleeping Bag with my hammock to add extra comfort and keep me warm on those fall crisp days.
- Trip to the local beach – Pack up your cooler and head to a beach near by if possible. In Central Alberta where I am from there are lakes scattered all over so to get to one it doesn’t take too long. Depending on the season you can enjoy a dip in the lake, just hang out and enjoy the sights, bring your kayak, canoe or paddleboard along with you or in the winter head out ice fishing, skating, cross country skiing on the ice! Remember to pack a cooler for drinks and snacks, along with some seating like the Coleman Extra-Large Quad Chair.
- Go golfing. Whether you are an avid golfer or a newbie, this could be enjoyable or even make for some good laughs. If you can’t head out for a full 18 holes, find a local mini golf course in town. You don’t have to worry about having your own set of golf clubs, as every place offers rentals for your convenience. Enjoy being outside!
- Road Trip. Drive to a nearby park, landmark or hiking trail to enjoy some new sights and make new memories. It doesn’t have to be far away. Staycation means different things for different people – some may not want to leave their homes, while others use a staycation as a chance to explore their surrounding area for a quick road trip. There’s NO need to drive somewhere far or fly away to see new things! Load your vehicle with a cooler (Coleman Wheeled Cooler) full of snacks, a portable stovetop (Coleman FyreSergeant 2-Burner Grill Stove) for cooking, lawn chairs (Coleman Extra-Large Quad Chair) for seating, and head out to explore!
- Try a new sport. Get in touch with s friends or family and head to your local tennis court, baseball diamond or basketball court. If the weather isn’t cooperating, head to the bowling alley or explore your options for indoor courts. It’s not about winning or being the best player out there, so just enjoy your time together – or hey, you may surprise yourself and figure out you’re sportier than you originally thought!