As I was driving home from work one night this week, I heard the radio announcer call our current times “The Era of the Staycation.” How apt and how current he was.
Due to the coronavirus that is impacting us all in so many ways, people are staying home. Some of us are working at home, others have lost their jobs, and some are simply choosing to stay home because of health concerns. Many recreation facilities and events that we might normally visit or attend at this time of year are closed, either temporarily or for the duration.
Whatever the reason we are not venturing out, we are spending the time and possibly the money we would normally put towards a summer vacation in the security of our own homes.
Since we are staying home, many of us are choosing to make upgrades to the place we live 24/7. We are spending our resources on sprucing up our spaces; with paint, with landscaping, with pools and recreational equipment. In short, we are making our homes a vacation destination tailored to our needs and desires. If you have a large budget to make upgrades, think how best to spend your dollars so that whatever changes you make will add long-lasting value and function to your home.
If you don’t have a large vacation/remodeling budget, there are still things you can do to make your enforced staycation fun, memorable, and happy for entire family. Even minor changes, such as paint or houseplants can give your space a new look. Try “shopping” around your house for furniture, art, pillows, and lighting that might look better in another spot, or simply refresh your scenery.
Plan activities to set the mood for fun and relaxation. Let the kids camp out in the backyard, and consider moving the TV to a patio for family movie night. If you don’t have a fire pit, you can always make s’mores in the microwave to eat on your deck or balcony.
To get a completely new view, try sites such as https://artsandculture.google.com/ where you can take virtual tours of parks and museums from your computer or blue toothed TV.
The choices for a staycation are limitless; all it takes is a little imagination and effort, and of course, those closest to you for a truly memorable vacation at home! I hope you get to enjoy one soon!