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5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Staycation

All good things must come to an end. But what if those things haven’t even started? If you’re bummed about having to cancel your travel plans this year, you’re not alone. Most of us won’t be traveling anywhere this summer, but there’s still one vacation you can take: a staycation.

Keep reading for five tips that will help you make the most out of your staycation during COVID-19. Because who says you can’t have your fun at home?

1. Refresh your sleep space

There isn’t a hotel in sight, but you can still act like you’re staying in one. This staycation, splurge on something that will turn your sleep space into the serene getaway you deserve. Invest in a set of soft, comfy sheets, a plush pillow or a fancy new candle to give your room the hotel touch.

2. Make an itinerary

That cruise you planned on taking with the family won’t be happening this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a staycation itinerary. Schedule a night to cook a fancy, restaurant-inspired dinner, or have a movie night with homemade popcorn (you can even drag your mattress out to the living room). And if all else fails, simply turn to our trusted heroes: Netflix and pizza.

3. Sleep like you’re on vacation

Have you ever noticed how much better you sleep while on vacation? Whether you’re camping in the wilderness or staying at a hotel, the stresses of reality seem to melt away on vacation. You can mimic that feeling during your “staycay” too. Take your bedtime routine (you have one, right?) to the next level by scheduling a self-care spa night or taking a relaxing bath to wind down before bed.

4. Take a tour—of your own neighborhood

Lately, many of us are spending more time at home than we ever planned to. While you may have lived in your apartment or house for a long time—maybe you even grew up there—we’ll bet you haven’t explored everything there is to see. Maybe there’s a new trail you’ve never explored or a gorgeous local park you’ve been meaning to stroll through. As long as you’re abiding by local laws and regulations, get out and discover something new!

5. Express yourself

Whether your idea of a vacation is hiking the mountains, visiting family or living in the lap of luxury, trips are all about personal growth, learning, and most of all, FUN. And being at home doesn’t mean you have to forgo all the benefits of traveling. Take this time to work on some self-improvement! Read that self-help book you’ve been eyeing, start a new docuseries, or pick up an old hobby you’ve abandoned—you’ll be surprised how much you learn.

Being at home doesn’t have to be boring. All it takes is a little effort at the forefront, so use these tips to make the most of your staycation during COVID-19. Whether you’re discovering something new or simply indulging in some much-needed self-care, sometimes all it takes is a change in perspective.

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