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5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Create a Relaxing Staycation at Home

June 13, 2023 at 9:30 AM PST
Home Staycation

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Create a Relaxing Staycation at Home

June 13, 2023 at 9:30 AM PST

Vacations are for recharging, relaxing and making new memories. However, the process of planning a vacation can be overwhelming. You have to figure out all of the logistics, set an itinerary and spend money. If you’re craving a simple getaway, then a staycation is an excellent way to do exactly that. Here are a few staycation ideas and tips for budget-friendly ways to create a relaxing time at home.

Creating a Cozy Staycation Environment

Start by setting the tone with an atmosphere that transports you into a calmer state of mind. The key is to pay attention to the details and add some comforting elements. You quickly and seamlessly can transform any space in your home into a soothing oasis.

Any room works, but before you get started make sure you have a clean and tidy foundation. A clutter-free environment promotes a sense of calm and order. Organize your belongings in a way that is both functional and visually appealing. There are many ways to create a cozy atmosphere.

oft lighting in backyard with string lights
Photo credit: Taryn Elliott

Soft Lighting

Good lighting is everything. Replace harsh overhead lights with soft, warm lighting options. Use lamps, string lights, candles or tiny fairy lights to create a soothing ambiance for your relaxing staycation.

Comfortable Seating

Create cozy nooks where you can curl up with a book or simply relax. You could scope out sales on comfy seating options, like plush cushions, bean bags or cozy armchairs.

Pleasant Scents

Use scented candles, essential oils or room sprays to infuse pleasant fragrances into your space. Lavender, chamomile and vanilla are great relaxing scents that can help create a calming atmosphere.

Couple relaxing on a staycation at home
Photo credit: Antoni Shkraba

Indulge in a DIY Spa Experience

Bring the luxurious spa experience into your home with these budget-friendly staycation ideas.

Bubble Bath

Create a spa-like experience by drawing a warm bubble bath. Add some scented bath oils or bath bombs for an extra touch of relaxation. Dim the lights and play some soothing music while indulging in a soak. You also could prop up your laptop or tablet put on your favorite show or movie.

Face Masks

Treat yourself to a DIY facial by applying homemade face masks. There are numerous recipes available using natural ingredients online.

Manicure and Pedicure

Give yourself a salon-worthy manicure and pedicure at home. Soak your hands and feet in warm water, shape your nails and apply your favorite nail polish.

Unplug and Disconnect

In the digital age, it’s crucial to disconnect from technology and allow yourself some uninterrupted relaxation time. Here’s how you can unplug and recharge during your staycation.

Digital Detox

Take a break from your electronic devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops. Disconnect from social media and emails. Instead, engage in activities that promote mindfulness and self-reflection.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Practice meditation or mindfulness techniques to calm your mind and reduce stress. Find a quiet spot in your home, sit in a comfortable position and focus on your breath. Allow yourself to let go of any worries and embrace the present moment.

Woman drinking wine and watching a movie; staycation ideas
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Set Up a Mini Theater

If disconnecting isn’t your idea of a relaxing staycation, carve out some time to enjoy a movie with these staycation ideas. Rearrange your furniture to create a comfortable seating arrangement facing your television or projector screen. Dim the lights and use blackout curtains to create a theater atmosphere. Grab some blankets and pillows to enhance the coziness factor.  Don’t forget about the delicious snacks. Make your own popcorn or prepare other favorite movie snacks, such as nachos, homemade pizza or ice cream sundaes. Treat yourself to a cinematic feast, while enjoying your favorite films.

Create an Outdoor Oasis

If you have a balcony, patio, or a small backyard, you can transform it into a peaceful outdoor sanctuary.

Transforming Your Balcony or Patio

Make the most of your outdoor space by adding comfortable seating, plants and decorative elements. Create a cozy area where you can enjoy your morning coffee or unwind with a book. Surround yourself with greenery to foster a sense of tranquility.

Gardening and Greenery

Embrace your green thumb by starting a small garden or tending to potted plants. Gardening can be a therapeutic activity that allows you to connect with nature and create a serene outdoor environment.

Outdoor Activities

Take advantage of your outdoor space for activities that promote relaxation and rejuvenation. Set up a yoga mat for outdoor yoga sessions, float all day with a drink in-hand by your pool 0r enjoy the peacefulness of nature with a cup of tea.

relaxing outdoor space; staycation ideas
Photo credit: Sofía Rabassa

Savor a Home Chef Experience

Awaken your taste buds with a delightful home chef experience.

Trying New Recipes

Use your relaxing staycation as an opportunity to explore new recipes and cuisines. Look up exciting recipes online or dust off your cookbooks. Experiment with flavors and ingredients you haven’t tried before, and enjoy the process of cooking as a form of relaxation.

Setting Up a Fancy Dinner

Treat yourself without ever having to change out of your PJs. Transform your dining area into a fancy restaurant setting. Set the table with your best dinnerware, use cloth napkins and dim the lights for a romantic ambiance. Prepare a gourmet meal for yourself or your loved ones and savor every bite. If cooking feels more like work than enjoyable, splurge on something delicious.

Wine and Cocktail Tasting

If you enjoy a good glass of wine or a cocktail, organize a tasting experience at home. Research different wine varietals or cocktail recipes and create a mini-tasting menu. Pair your drinks with complementary snacks for a sophisticated and enjoyable experience.



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