50 Little Ways to Take a Vacation (Without Actually Going Anywhere)
Stuck at home this weekend (while everyone on your social feed seems to be off gallivanting at the beach)? Don’t despair, guys—indulge in an epic staycation instead. Here, 50 little ways to escape without ever leaving your zip code.
Set up a stock tank pool
And spend the day lounging around in your backyard.
Make skewers for dinner (and dessert)
Fact: Food is more fun when it’s served on a stick.
Host a cozy movie night in the backyard
Rent a projector and set up an impromptu drive-in.
Go on a long local hike
And pack a picnic lunch to enjoy in nature.
Put an “out of office” autoreply on your email
And fight the urge to check your inbox.
Mute your phone and notifications
Commit to this whole “do not disturb” thing.
Skip the news
The world’s ills can wait until Monday.
Hire a personal chef for the evening
Go ahead, splurge a little.
Make a staycation playlist
With all your favorite feel-good jams.
Go to sleep early and sleep in late
Bring on the beauty rest.
Spend the majority of the day in bed with your partner
Staycation laziness is best when shared.
Go au naturel
No one needs full-face makeup and a flatiron on vacation.
Treat yourself to a stack of glossies
And make that your only afternoon plan.
Eat breakfast in bed
And pay extra attention to pretty presentation.
Have a fancy picnic in the park
Chilled rosé non-optional.
Rent a convertible for the day
And go for a top-down cruise.
See a historic landmark in your town
Touristing is fun.
Whether that means your local watering hole or calling your friend with a pool.
Play an outdoor sport
Drink spa water
Stay hydrated, fancy-lady style.
Hire a house-call masseuse
Set up yard games
And invite the neighbors over.
Go to a hotel in your hometown for the night
If you really need a change of scenery.
Hit the town for a night of dancing
Or throw a dance party in your living room.
Have a cocktail (or two) at lunch
Because it’s vacation, dammit.
Turn off Google Maps
And get lost in your own city.
Hang a hammock in the backyard
And lose yourself (and the day) in a great book.
Go for a long, leisurely bike ride
No destination necessary.
Nap to your heart’s content
Morning, noon and night. (Heck, you’ve got nowhere to be.)
Read a breezy beach book
The fluffier (and more scandalous), the better.
Build a fire pit and make s’mores
Three cheers for nostalgia.
Make your home smell like a fancy spa
All you need to do is simmer lemon water.
Make your bed like the pros do
Crisp corners = hotel polish.
Set a fancy table al fresco
And opt for open air dining for every meal.
Then dine by candlelight
The more votives, the better.
Spend an evening playing cards and board games
No sore losers allowed.
And see how many constellations you can spot.
Go out for ice cream after dinner
And spring for the waffle cone.
Go berry picking
Hit up your local farm (or blueberry patch) and bring home a bounty.
Spend an afternoon at a local winery
Or a brewery, if you’re more of a beer gal.
Make a batch of fruity frozen drinks
Preferably one that tastes like the beach.
Spend all day in your bikini
And sunbathe in the backyard/roof/deck.
Or just get a spray tan
Go to the nearest Chinatown
Or another new neighborhood, and try a dish you've never had before.
Do an outdoor yoga session
Better yet, invite some friends to join too.
Take a touristy boat tour of your city
For a pretty new perspective.
Take a “culinary vacation”
And make a night of it (think: a classic Italian meal, Italian wine and an Italian movie afterward).
Spend a day museum hopping
Get your culture fix.
Take a zillion photos.
#Shameless and proud.
Pitch a tent
And camp in your backyard like you used to as a kid.