23 Feb 5 Things to Do on Your Next Staycation
With all of the chaos of day-to-day life, a relaxing, jet-setting vacation might be out of reach – but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away from it all. Whether you decide to treat yourself to a weekend getaway at a local hotel (like Trianon Hotels!) or to cozy up at home, 2017 is the year to finally give that whole “staycation” thing a try. And once you’re there, here are five ways you can make the most of your staycation.
1. Take an afternoon nap.
For bonus points, take an afternoon nap outdoors. And for maximum relaxation, take an afternoon nap outdoors next to a pool. Pull up a pool chair and gather a pile of magazines that you’ve been meaning to read – then doze off in the warm sun without finishing them. Just make sure to wear (and reapply!) sunscreen before falling asleep outdoors so you don’t wake up with an uncomfortable sunburn!
2. Take a long bubble bath.
Grab a travel bag filled with soothing bath salts, essential oils, and luxurious hair products, then pour yourself a glass of wine and dive in. Periodically drain some of the cold water from the bath to make room for more hot water to keep your bubble bath at a warm and cozy temperature. Listen to a soothing playlist or set up your laptop with a movie or television show and let yourself soak for as long as you need to (and then some).
3. Have breakfast (and dinner… and lunch…) in bed.
Pick a morning (or two) to sleep in and then prolong your time in bed by having your meal delivered right to your door! Whether you’re ordering room service from the hotel kitchen or sorting through a stack of takeout menus from your favorite restaurants, nothing tastes quite as good as it does from underneath a duvet. For the ultimate staycation experience, treat yourself to something a little pricier than you’ll usually order – and go ahead and get that sundae too.
4. Have the kids stay with friends or relatives.
When was the last time you watched a movie in the living room without music blaring from behind closed doors, footsteps stomping around the house, or someone interrupting you for food or a ride to the movies? Coordinate a weekend sleepover for your children with grandparents, aunts and uncles, or family friends. Just the sweet sound of silence will be enough to make the entire staycation worth it.
5. Put your phone on silent.
Seriously, we mean it. Think about how much of your daily stress is tied to technology and how much freer you’ll feel when you don’t have to jump at every text tone. Switch your phone to silent for just a few hours or go all out and see if you can last the whole weekend. Check it only when you want to (or not at all) and let calls go to voicemail and texts go unanswered. Chances are, it’s nothing that can’t wait until Monday or Tuesday morning.