Published: 17 July 2020

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

If you are like us and missing the excitement from queueing up to board an airplane to jet off to a week of relaxation and sunshine, why not try making a new memory this year by arranging a staycation? Yes, if you have not heard the term before it is a very real concept and saves a lot of money on buying air fares.

What IS a Staycation?

According to Wikipedia, a staycation is “a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance of their home”. The term has evolved to simply holidaying in your own country or home county though, so whether you feel like hiking up a tent in your back garden, using your own bed or going all out and booking a stay at a bed and breakfast – it all counts.

How do I take a Staycation?

Book time off like you would a normal holiday, then treat it as though you were going something new and exciting. Leave the work at home, put down the phone and relax. Research local touristy things to do, try new food and go for walks. Try to ignore the TV as much as you can.

How can I make my own home feel like I am holiday though?

It can be tricky, but remember it is only for a short time. Try to ignore the chores like you would on holiday. Get out your nicest bed sheets, buy some flowers, find those books you will be meaning to read and wear your favourite vacation clothes. Live outside as much as you can help (weather and garden providing).

What shall I do on a staycation?
There are so many things you can do on a staycation! While we can’t provide you with exact ideas (Tripadvisor and Googlemaps will be able to give you tailored suggestions to your exact location) here are some basic ideas anyone, anywhere can do:

Take naps
Nothing says holiday quite like that quiet time between a day’s adventuring and that evening’s dinner. Take your own siesta time – even if you cannot sleep during the day. Read, daydream or cloud watch. It is your staycation afterall!

Get outside
Take walks, sit in the garden, head to the beach. Grab a picnic, light a fire or enjoy some beers (where legal to do so).

Take a mini road trip
Go somewhere local that seems slightly too near yet too far away to go regularly. Whether it be for a walk, meal or planned activity, you’ll be surprised how much you haven’t seen in your corner of the earth.

DIY your own water park
Slip and slides, chasing someone with a garden hose, water guns and paddling pools – all easy to buy, set up and create a LOT of fun (no matter your age!).

Try new food
A vacation must, whether you go out to eat or set about preparing your own gourmet meal, make at least one evening about trying new food. You can find a new favourite!

Take photos
Document your week and capture the unique memories you’re making with your family. This is 2020 after all. Normal, everyday photos say the most!

Should I set a budget?
This one is quite important – activities can cost money and they can add up quickly. Just like when you go abroad, it is advisable to set a budget for the week and check prices before you head out anywhere.


We hope you have fun on your Staycation and create memories worth telling future generations about. After all, what is more 2020 than planning exciting events at home?

Published: 17 July 2020