You postponed your planned spring vacation, but summer didn’t turn out any more amenable to travel. Now that fall has arrived, you’ve decided on a quarantine staycation instead of rebooking your flight — again.
What can you do to make the experience memorable when you’ve already remained stuck at home for months? Here are five ways to have an enjoyable quarantine staycation you and your family will love:
1. Plan a World Museum Tour
Are you bumming because you won’t get to see the Louvre due to canceling your Paris trip? Guess what? You can still take a tour, thanks to the magic of technology.
Hook your computer to your TV or projector for the big-screen experience, and settle in to view the world’s most impressive cultural marvels. Here are a few other places you can visit:
- The Vatican Museum: You can now take a 360-degree tour of the Sistine Chapel.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: You can choose from multiple exhibits without paying an entrance fee.
- The British Museum: Count on the English to go a step further and invent a game to guide you on your tour.
2. Treat Each Other to a Spa Day
Between telecommuting and home schooling, the tech in your house can make you feel like you live in command central for a governmental organization. Take a day to disconnect entirely — get sneaky with the Wi-Fi password if you must. Your psyche will thank you for the break.
Then, set up different spa stations throughout your home. If you have the means, get a luxurious robe and a basket of goodies for each family member. You can indulge in pedicures, massages, yoga sessions and long soaks in the tub. Aah.
3. Explore the Great Outdoors
If the idea of hitting the road leaves you hesitant, you aren’t alone. Why not camp in your backyard? The sweetest-smelling perk to this option is never having to use a stinky campsite latrine — you have running water, baby, yeah!
Do you have a firepit? Put it to use toasting marshmallows for s’mores after pitching your tent. Then, plan activities for all attendees, like a spooky nighttime scavenger hunt or outdoor movie night.
4. Eat Your Way Through a Culinary Adventure
What’s one of the tastiest parts of travel? The cuisine! Who said you had to board a plane to enjoy pad thai or Shiro be kibbe?
You don’t even have to order a cookbook — you can find recipes for any ethnic cuisine online. Start your tour in India with chicken tikka masala and finish in Turkey with kofta and baklava.
5. Make It an Olympic-Style Affair
Did your kids cry when fall sports got canceled? Help heal their athletic souls by having a sporting quarantine staycation.
You can set up an obstacle course in your backyard and challenge your littles to a race. If you have the means, invest in a basketball hoop. Frisbee golf is as fun as the real game, and driving ranges and putting greens both allow for social distancing — although you might have to hit the local facility.
Enjoy a Fun Quarantine Staycation With These Ideas
You don’t have to travel to enjoy much-needed R&R with your family. Use the five ideas above to have an enjoyable quarantine staycation.