Winter staycation ideas to consider

Posted on 14 May 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Packing your bags and activating ‘jet-setter mode’ is a wonderful way to beat the winter blues. However, if a trip with a full itinerary at your dream destination is not in your budget this winter, worry not.

Life doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. After all, a winter staycation can be just as lovely and memorable. Unlike a vacation, a staycation is spent at home and may also include some day trips to local attractions. It does not require you to travel too far from home, can help you know your local area a little better and will be relatively kinder to your wallet.

With a cosy atmosphere, good company and plenty of relaxed fun, you’re in for a winter staycation to remember. Here are some ideas to consider for a relaxed winter staycation:

Tap into your artistic side

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Nurturing your creativity and tapping into your artistic side can result in a memorable staycation. Dedicate time to some relaxed drawing or painting in the warmth and comfort of your home.

If you prefer to leave the house, attend any local art experiences such as a painting event or some pottery classes. Getting creative will enable you to let loose and embrace self-expression. Plus, you will have a keepsake to remind you of your staycation.

Go down culinary memory lane

If you are a foodie, you’ve most likely tasted many incredible dishes in your lifetime. A staycation is the perfect time to tap into your culinary creativity by recreating some of these meals.

You can search for recipes online and have your attempt at dishes you really enjoyed on past vacations. Food has a magical way of transporting us to different places and various times in our lives. So, go ahead and get creative. It may bring back some amazing memories.

Have a spa day

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Fortunately, relaxation and pampering are always in season. Include some spa spoils as a part of your winter staycation. Factor in the amount of money saved by cutting out travel costs, and consider whether you are able to spoil yourself to some treatments at your local spa.

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If not, an at-home spa is also an option. Unwind in the bathtub with relaxing oils or bath salts, make your own body scrub and create your own at-home facial. There are plenty of ways to enjoy a bit of pampering in the comfort of your home.

Picnic? Yes, please!

A good old picnic will never go out of style. Want to stay indoors? Laying out a blanket and bringing out a bottle of wine, a scrumptious cheese board and other snacks can easily transform your living room into a lovely indoor picnic spot.

Picture: Unsplash / Kateryna Hliznitsova

If you prefer an outdoor setting and desire to enjoy the warmth of the winter sun, pack your favourite snacks and head to your local park. Enjoying a picnic with loved ones is a great way to bond with them as part of your winter staycation.

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