This summer we’ve perfected the art of a staycation so it feels really similar to a relaxing getaway. They key is to try new things, eat new foods, check out new shops and basically look at your city through a tourists eyes. To make it easy for you, I’ve thrown together a list of 5 tips for a great staycation!
Although you can easily stay at home for a staycation, if you have a friend or parent that’s going away for a weekend, you could offer to cat sit or water their plants while staying at their place. They may have amenities you don’t or live in a different part of town that you haven’t explored as much. Lucky for us M’s mom has a great place that checks both of those boxes. It’s in a great downtown location and has the best amenity of all, a pool! Here are my top five tips for the best staycation ever, no pool necessary:
1. Always go out for brunch. Try to find a good local place nearby that you can walk to. There’s something about having someone serve you coffee and brunch that feels like vacation to me. It’s the epitome of relaxation.
2. Don’t plan a lot of activities. Since you already live in your city and have probably seen all the sights, you should instead leave lots of time to wander around and explore. You may find some hidden treasures when you’re not rushing to meet someone or on your way to work. On one of our staycations, M and I stumbled across a pop-up art gallery exhibit of Andy Warhol pieces. We saw pieces we loved and new ones we hadn’t seen yet and even had a gallery guide to give us some Warhol info (did you know Warhol was a picky eater and ate a lot of Campbell soup?).
3. Have a drink whenever you feel like it. Vacation is all about eating and drinking whenever the mood strikes! At least that’s how I vacation. You can have a Caesar with breakfast, a beer at lunch and a bottle of wine for dinner. You don’t have to feel guilty about it because you’re on vacay!
4. Take a midday nap. If you can’t nap like me, lounge on the couch, read a book and make yourself an early cocktail. Basically take a moment to do nothing before getting ready for dinner like you would if you were a tired tourist.
5. Watch bad TV at the end of the night. Do you ever notice that hotel TVs only play really bad shows and old corny movies? M and I got really into a cheesy reality TV show while on our staycation and it was something we normally would never watch. But sometimes it’s nice to see what’s on TV and have zero expectations. Bonus points if you find a show in a different language! Then you’ll really feel far away from home.