Now that schools are out and many of us continue to work from home, we can't forget our sanity as we try to #stayhomestaysafe. Sanity is best achieved by getting out of the house, even if you can't go far, and leaning in to a staycation with the family you've been so close to over the last few months.
Often a staycation may include day trips to places nearby so you can get out of the house and enjoy your city, your state, or your region. While traveling is not directly prohibited during this time, it is recommended to limit it as much as possible. Before you do any of the activities listed below we strongly encourage you to review the guidance from federal, state, and local officials on what is acceptable behavior when doing any traveling.
So, you've decided to do a staycation this year? What can you do? Here's a list of ideas that we think will fit right into your need to get away either physically or mentally.
- Daytrip to another part of your state: Most states in the United States have a real diversity of environments to explore. Depending on your state you might go from hiking trails in the mountains to wide open vistas of the oceanfront. Whichever part of your state you're starting from head to another location to experience something new and exciting.
- Stay local: What is available in your community? Is there an Audubon Society you've been meaning to explore? A local art gallery you've never been to? Maybe your community has a farm stand that you've always wanted to stop at to get fresh fruits and veggies to add to your healthy lifestyle. Explore your local community and you never know what you'll find.
- State and city parks: Many communities have state and local parks that you can explore, most of which you may have skipped over in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Go for a walk, a hike, a bike ride, a boat ride, or any type of recreation your city or town has to offer.
- Create your own movie festival: Most of the best movie festivals have been cancelled or moved online. Take matters into your own hands. Pick up an outdoor movie screen and a simple projector and fire up Netflix to make the most of your staycation.
There is no question that a staycation will require some flexibility and a little creativity that a traditional vacation might not require, but the fun you'll have will be worth it!