Ah, summer! The time of year when the days stretch longer and everything seems just a little brighter. The season of cold popsicles, fresh lemonade, and entire days spent by the pool. Summer holds so many memories for each of us and brings with it a desire to escape from the ordinary.
The quintessential summer vacation is a classic for a reason. (And if you’re still seeking that getaway, may we suggest the Cave Run Cabins at the Brownwood? Hello, lake weekend!) However, we understand that this year’s family vacation may be on hold for the moment. With social distancing guidelines still largely in effect, your travel plans might not be possible right now, and we sympathize with you.
We might be “safe at home”, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have lots of fun! Keep reading for our Top 10 Staycation Ideas. They’re all budget-friendly and sure to create wonderful memories to last a lifetime!
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1. Movie Night
Pick up your favorite candy from the store and pop some popcorn. Choose your favorite film, or pick a few and make it a movie marathon! Settle into your living room couch or go the extra mile, and create a blow-up outdoor theater right in your backyard! All you need is a projector and this inflatable screen. (Or DIY a screen by hanging a white sheet against the side of your house!) Either way, cozy blankets and comfy loungewear are a must!
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2. Spa Day
Take an entire day to focus on self-care. Do a hair or face mask and give yourself a mani-pedi. Light some candles and draw a relaxing bubble bath to feel extra luxurious.
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3. Wellness Retreat
Grab your exercise mat and put on your favorite workout clothes! Infuse your ice water with some fresh fruit and prepare to get zen from the comfort of your home. There are plenty of free yoga classes on YouTube, ranging from beginner to advanced, but if yoga isn’t quite your speed, try a HIIT workout or bodyweight circuit to get those endorphins flowing!
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4. Backyard Camping
Pitch a tent in your backyard and toast some marshmallows over a campfire. Take turns telling spooky stories, or lay back and stargaze. Bonus points to anyone who can identify a constellation!
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5. DIY Day
Buy a few canvases and some cheap craft paint, and pull up an at-home painting tutorial. You can go as simple or as detailed as you like! When you’re finished, sit back and admire your artwork, or laugh about how different it looks from the original!
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6. Cooking Night
This is the perfect time to channel your inner chef and try that recipe you’ve been dying to make! Don an apron and just have fun with it! Need a little inspiration? Check out our very own Mariam Said’s cooking account on Instagram for some delicious recipes!
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7. Virtual Adventure
With everything going on at the moment, so many cool places are offering free virtual tours. Explore the zoo or a world-famous art museum without ever leaving your living room! Check out our blog post here for a more comprehensive list of who’s offering this awesome service!
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8. Board Game Tournament
Dust off those board games that have been sitting at the back of your closet and let your competitive side out to play! Don’t forget to set out some yummy snacks!
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9. Living Room Dance Party
Clear a space in your living room and blast your favorite feel-good tunes! Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up and is sure to put a smile on your face. If you really want to challenge yourself, try mastering a TikTok dance!
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10. Picnic in the Park
Now more than ever, it’s important to support our local businesses, so grab takeout from your favorite local restaurant and head to the park! Soak up some fresh air and sunshine while you enjoy your meal! For a longer list of local eateries, check out our blog post here.
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BONUS IDEA: Rent an Airbnb for the Night
We know we said 10, but this one was just too good to leave off! It can be so refreshing to get out of your own space, even for just a night! Rest assured, Airbnb has been taking extra precautions to keep their guests safe, keeping everything sanitized and increasing cleanliness measures. A local rental we love is the Carriage House at Warsaw. This modern and luxurious home sleeps two and overlooks a lush backyard and garden that are straight from a fairytale!
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