Our 5 best staycation ideas
DIY music festival OR ‘Couch-chella’
Are you missing out on your favourite festival this year? No problem – bring the music festival to you. Decorate your home and/or garden in a festival theme, create your favourite playlists and decide who your headlining act is going to be. Throw on a pair of wellies, some glitter and get the whole family in the festival spirit! Get some festival favourite food and drinks in and enjoy the day or weekend just like the real deal.
What’s even better is the food and drinks will be a lot kinder on the wallet, especially if you make them yourself, and we have some fabulous recipes that fit the bill perfectly. Try our pulled pork burgers, paprika halloumi skewers and grilled garlic and chilli corn on the cob or visit our diet and nutrition hub for more al fresco favourites to suit everyone.
If you really wand to get into the festival spirit, why not pitch a tent and camp in your garden? Glastonbury eat your heart out.
Turn your home into a hotel
The thought of crispy white hotel bedding and breakfast in bed sounds dreamy. So why not bring the hotel to you? Think of the money you’d spend on a night in a hotel and why not buy new bed linen for a fraction of the cost? You’ll also get to enjoy it for a lot longer.
Source some essential oils in scents you love and buy some mini hotel toiletries. Take a long relaxing bath or slip into a robe and read a magazine in bed. Get some mini fridge style snacks and drinks and just switch off and unwind - you’re on holiday after all.
When it comes to dining, why not get your favourite takeaway delivered in the evening - this isn't a time to take to the kitchen! And for the full experience, set up a dining space as if it were a hotel restaurant, with candles and menus.
Create your own spa experience
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a spa in the comfort of your own home by dimming the lights, lighting some candles and burning some incense. You could create different treatment rooms or zones. A waiting room, for example,where you can lounge with magazines and drink cucumber water, wear a fluffy robe, put your feet up and take in the peace and quiet. And a facial room, with all your favourite products at the ready: a face mask, a cleanser, toner and moisturiser. The bonus is you already know these products are kind to your skin so there’s no need to worry about breaking out in rashes or pimples.
If you don’t have any products you love, why not treat yourself to a few little items to really make the experience indulgent? Another idea is creating a gorgeous bubble bath with twinkling candles, a good book and your favourite beverage.
Take a break between treatments for afternoon tea (buy in from a local shop or DIY), filled with finger sandwiches, cakes, fruit and tea/coffee - whatever you want, it’s your spa day.
Be a local tourist
Many of us are lucky enough to have seen a lot of new cities and countries in our lives. We go on weekend getaways to visit Paris or Prague and if you’re anything like me, cram in as many activities and as much exploration as possible. But what about your own county, your own city, even your own town? How much of it have you really explored?
Why not become a tourist in your own ‘home’ and visit local markets, find local walking trails, excursions, new beaches, woods, parks or events? Visit museums, attractions and just immerse yourself in new things. Perhaps you haven’t climbed the largest mountain or hill near you, perhaps you’ve never taken a dip in the sea at your closest beach. Here’s your chance.
Create your own wellness retreat
Wellness retreats can be expensive, but very beneficial. So, how can we bring the wellness retreat to us? Start by deciding what sort of retreat would suit you, be it an energising fitness retreat where you explore what’s on offer in the local area or a meditative yoga retreat at home. In both instances make sure you switch off any devices, switch on your out of office and leave any work worries behind, so that you can completely get away from your everyday routine and stressors.
Plan your day, whether it’s a hike, kayaking, sailing or any other activity of choice.
Eat healthy fresh food (locally sourced if possible). Farm-to-table, vegetarian, organic cuisine tends to be the norm at exotic wellness retreats. Set aside a few days to cook healthy, nutrient-rich meals, because diet is a huge part of wellness.
If you’ve opted for a yoga or meditative style retreat, put aside time for practice, whenever feels right for you.