There are times when we want to pack our bags and see the world, and there are times when we really just want to retreat from it. While weekends in Bali sound just about perfect, sometimes even the thought of travelling to airports and taking a plane is tiring.
Welcome to your own home, the perfect staycation resort. Forget about checking into expensive hotels in Singapore to compensate for not being in Bali. With a little bit of creativity, every weekend could feel like a vacation.
Prepare your own Vacation Home treasure chest
Imagine how your vacation home would look like. A tropical resort? A tree-house? Whatever it may be, you sure can add elements of your dream holiday in your own home.
Hang up a hammock in your balcony, bring out the rugs, cushions and sofa throws that give your home that cosy Mediterranean feel, and hang up strings of colored light balls or Arabian lamps. Place them in your home permanently, or keep them in your staycation treasure chest till your holiday so that you see and feel a marked difference in your home. After all, a big part of vacation is a psychological one!
Disconnect from the World
This is a highly crucial step. If you want your home staycation to feel as real as one away, you have to respect the rules of the holiday game. Set an out-of-office message, switch off your phones, do not read the news or watch television, and basically be as away as you can possibly be. You may even remove the clocks and follow the natural rhythm of the day. You’d be surprised at how much more connected to yourself you can be in just a weekend of being away from the external world.
Create your own spa
Candles, essential oils, a long bath, and spa music in the background. Indulge in luxury home spa products and create a Zen-like ambience in your own bathroom. Place a few beautiful potted plants and introduce wood and stone elements in your bathroom. Make sure it’s free of clutter and cleaning items. Catching a glimpse of detergents and disinfectants while you’re pampering yourself in the bath could bring you down back to the mundane world.
Hire a facial therapist, a masseuse, or a manicurist to come to your home for an extra special treat.
Bring in a chef
Wining and dining is an important part of a holiday. Trying different cuisines is one of the many pleasures of travel, so thank goodness you can do that in the comfort of your own home. Either hire a private chef and enjoy a freshly prepared meal with your pals if you’re up for company. If you’re quite certain that your friends will start talking about their work and complaining about horrible bosses and ruin your staycation vibe, you may want to enjoy your dinner alone in peace with healthy wholesome dinners delivered to you.
Wellness and Fun
Strike a balance between wellness and fun. A staycation could easily turn into a weekend fest of an ice cream and chocolate binging spree if you give in to the dark side. Set aside time for exercise, be it yoga or a full cardio workout that you can do right at home or in the neighbourhood park. Meditate, dance, paint, and sing. Do whatever puts you in a flow. Watch films you’ve been meaning to watch, read two books or three, and sit back and listen to music without multi-tasking.
Before you know it, your staycation would be over and you’d return to productive society with a rested body and mind. The best part? Once you know how to create your own home staycation, you can go back again and again, switching the elements and theme according to your mood.
Have a great holiday!