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Top 10 Stay Home Vacation Ideas To Destress

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It’s been called a staycation, or a vacation spent on your home turf. It’s possible to have a better vacation at home. Why? Because you’ll be saving so much money on travel, lodging, and food. You can spend some of that money at a high-end restaurant or golf course. There’s no reason to be upset if you can’t afford a week in Paris. Check out my stay home vacation ideas to destress and refresh your body, mind, and spirit!

Get the best ways to reduce stress while driving, avoid the stress of airline travel, sleeping in a different bed, and paying too much to eat every meal at a restaurant. Spend that money on more enjoyable activities.

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Enjoy These Stay Home Vacation Ideas

  1. Spend the day at the beach. If you’re lucky enough to live near a lake or the ocean, a day at the beach is a good way to spend the day. Work on your tan and get some exercise swimming.

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2. Spend the day at the pool. Those without access to a beach can take advantage of the next best thing: the local pool. Splurge for snacks and live it up.

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3. Go for a long bike ride. Your bike might be hiding behind the lawnmower or beneath the rake, but it’s ready to go. Add some air to the tires and go out for a long ride. Look online for bike paths and popular routes. Don’t have a bike?  This one comes highly recommended!  

Staycation Ideas Couples Can Enjoy

4. Have a picnic. Whether it’s at the park, pool, or beach, a picnic provides a relaxing, enjoyable time. Pack your favorite foods and bring your favorite people. A bottle of wine can be a nice touch.

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5. Visit a local museum or zoo. Most people go out of town to visit the zoo or museum. Now is the time to check out your local offerings.

6. Spend a day at the movies. Pack in three or more movies in the same day. The real cost is the food. Consider watching one movie, then heading out for lunch. You’ll be full and satisfied for the next couple of movies.

7. Have friends over for a movie night. Stay at home and rent movies on demand. Invite over a few friends and tell them to bring their favorite snacks. This would be a great time to check out the latest listings on Netflix or Hulu so you can enjoy on your next stay home vacation.

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8. Rent a boat. Rent a speedboat or sailboat for the day. Test out your skills and spend some quality time on the water.

9. Check out a local band. Get out for an evening and enjoy the local music scene. Enjoy the nightlife for a change of pace.

10. Go out for a fancy lunch. Since you’re not spending money on a vacation, you might have the funds available to have lunch at that fancy restaurant downtown. Splurge a little bit and enjoy yourself.

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These stay home vacation ideas  can be a better option than going out of town. The sights might be familiar, but you’ll have more money to spend on entertainment if you stay at home. Use your vacation time wisely, get out of the house, and enjoy your time off.

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  1. Great list! I love a good staycation! 🙂

    Cooking is actually another favorite one for me – I have a couple of things I like to make that are kind of all-day projects and when I take time off and don’t travel one of those can be a great day to while away a rainy day.

    And reading reading reading!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Thanks for your comment Bonnie. Cooking is a GREAT idea for a staycation. I have actually been planning to take a good vacation at home and spend that time with my mom learning to cook and bake ALL the childhood goodies I loved growing up. Like home made apple pie ( from scratch) and home made buns! Yummie. I loved those treats growing up and it would be awesome to spend my next staycation cooking/baking with my mom.

  2. I love your picnic idea! That is something I don’t typically think about, but such a simple way to get away from everything and enjoy a moment of spontaneity. Especially with my hubby! 🙂

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      What a great idea to go picnicking with your hubby Jennifer! Make is a surprise picnic if possible. The element of spontaneity ads to the romance! 🙂 There are so many options for stay home vacation ideas that we may not typically think about, but the simplest thing can sometimes have the biggest impact when it comes to stress relief. Let me know how the picnic goes! 🙂

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