2. Host a movie night on the lawn. Hang up a white sheet, rent or buy a simple projector that connects to your laptop or smart phone, and invite some friends over. Bring out some lawn chairs or spread blankets on the lawn, and hand out yummy snacks. The beauty of being at home is that you can serve whatever you want, whether that’s classic popcorn and candy or grownup drinks and cocktail nibbles.
4. Listen to beachy music. Cue up some of your favorite summer tunes and make a few playlists to get in the vacation spirit. If you’ve been wanting to get a few new albums, your staycation is a great excuse to splurge. Music can give us a major mood boost, so listen more often than usual.
6. Sign up for a one-day class. If you love trying new things on vacation, don’t feel you must miss out just because you are at home. Check out the continuing education department at your local university or community center, or search listings in the free paper to locate upcoming workshops that sound appealing. Try a cooking class, a painting or pottery workshop, or a lecture.
7. Take a guided tour, nature walk or boat ride. Have a beautiful outdoor space or historic landmark in your area? Be a tourist for a day and sign up for a guided tour or hire a nature guide to lead you on a hike. Live by the water? Hop on a whale-watching or fishing boat, or take a dinner cruise.
9. Hire a yoga instructor or personal trainer to come to the house. Splurge on having a personal trainer or yoga instructor come to your home and give you (or you and a small group of friends) a workout tailored for you.
12. Rent a cool car. Want a change of pace? Leave the boring commuter car in the garage and rent a sportier car (or even a Vespa) for the week.
14. Have the post office hold your mail. Or at least do yourself a favor and toss the mail in a box (see above) without looking at it. If you really were out of town, the world would keep revolving even without your checking your mail, right?
19. Try no-cook summer recipes. Think shrimp cocktail, ceviche, chilled soups, salads and icebox cakes.
23. Or go out to breakfast every morning. Skip the cooking and the dishes, and just head right out the door first thing in the morning instead. Go somewhere you haven’t tried before to spice things up.
25. Take pictures. On a vacation you tote your camera everywhere, right? Just because you’re at home, don’t let that stop you. Take pictures every day — the act of taking photographs helps us slow down and see things we would normally miss.
Tell us: Are you planning a staycation this summer? What do you plan to do?
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