During these times of social distancing, while we practise safe behaviours to protect ourselves, our loved ones and the wider community, much of normal life has fallen by the wayside. We’re being forced to become more accustomed to staying at home and for many, the long-planned Easter break have been cancelled .
So how do you bring that sense of travel and adventure home during these times?
Here are our 5 top tips for a staycation within your own 4 walls (well, mostly…).
Pitch your tent in the great outdoors (or indoors)…sort of
This first tip might not suit everyone – you’ll need a decent-sized garden and a tent to get the most out of it – but consider pitching up at home while you’re not permitted to travel on an authentic camping holiday. Even just the change of scenery into the back garden can be enough to help convince you that you’re breaking the everyday routine, and it can be a fun way to unwind whether you’re with your partner or getting the kids outside for some fresh air sleeping.
If you don’t have a tent or a big enough garden, just drag a mattress down into the living room and make a good old fashioned den. This one’s probably more for those of you with kids to entertain, and not for couples who want a luxury escape, but if you fancy it then don’t let us stop you.
Whip up a holiday menu
Supermarket shelves might have taken a bit of a battering at the start of this pandemic but things are generally starting to settle down now. And while you can’t take the whole family on a sedentary shopping trip, that doesn’t mean you can't pick up a few bits to brighten up your meals with more of a holiday twist.
If you’ve got a BBQ, break it out and get those burgers sizzling. If you don’t, why not try your hand at a few new recipes that you’d normally reserve for those restaurant treats? YouTube cooking tutorials mean even the least experienced cooks can have a try at whipping up something you would usually be planning to savour on a summer escape.
Spoil yourself with a spa treatment
You don’t need a fancy luxury spa equipped with all the best facilities to pamper yourself. It helps, sure, but you can at least enjoy a bit of relaxation at home. Raid your dressing table or bathroom cabinet for any face masks or quality moisturising creams, raid your fridge for a couple of slices of cucumber and run yourself a steaming hot bath with any salts available (ideally, have someone run it for you).
Add a glass of wine and maybe a bit of chocolate and while it’s not perfect, you’ll definitely unwind. Make sure you try to get a foot rub or shoulder massage out of your partner too, if you can, to add to the effect.
Recreate the cinema at home
OK, it’s no cinedrome, but by making a few tweaks to movie night in your front room you can feel like you’re out and enjoying a wholesome family night on holiday. Move the TV if you can – bring it a little closer to the sofa, and just by changing the position, you’ll feel like you aren’t just spending another night in front of the box. Rustle up some popcorn if you have any, dig out that favourite blanket, and get the whole clan snuggled up on the sofa in front of the latest blockbusters you can stream.
Switch off the tech and take a moment
There are many ways to recreate some of the activities you’d normally do on a UK staycation at home, but a holiday isn’t just about what you do. It’s about the atmosphere, and how you truly loosen up. And one of the best things you can do is just switch off the tech for a little while.
No doubt, during this pandemic, we’re relying on our TVs, our mobile phones, our work laptops and all manner of other gadgets to get us through the day and keep us in the loop with what’s going on. But if you want to really feel like you’re travelling without ignoring the government guidelines, just take a break from it all. Turn off the social media feeds, close those work emails and just enjoy each other’s company. That’s the essence of a staycation, and one that you’ll really feel the value of if you try it at home too.