Nearly six months ago the entire world was brought to an abrupt halt and we all were placed on mandatory quarantine. No one could have ever imagined this unknown virus named Covid 19 aka the Corona Virus (in my Cardi B voice) would bring about such life changing events that have transpired into the Pandemic of 2020. It’s crazy to think that we’re still living in the midst of this today and the fact that we may continue to well into 2021 is even more mind boggling.
When Covid hit, travel plans were placed completely on the back burner as just your simple journey to the local grocery store and back home became a great luxury. Many people, like myself had great plans for traveling the world in 2020. The year 2020 was declared as the year of YES for me! Although, it will continue to be a year of yes, just not quite as I imagined. Now when I think of traveling my options are slim.
Covid has taught us all that we do not have as much control over our lives as we once thought we had. Anyone who transitioned into the year 2020 with travel plans were rudely awakened by this sudden tsunami of a virus. Alternatively, rather than booking your next flight to your dream beach vacay, staycations have now become our best and most safe option.
WHAT IS A STAYCATION?
A staycation can truly be whatever you enjoy in the comforts of your own home or somewhere locally. Staycations give you the chance to explore places that are located in your current city or town. Places that you may have not had a chance to visit or ever thought to before hand. Or, you can simply use this time to rest and decompress. The options are endless when it comes to planning a staycation.
As I stated above, the options are endless. Here are a few for those who prefer to play it safe and stay home:
1. Plan a movie night
2. Camp out in the backyard
3. Have an adult sleepover
4. Complete a project that you have been putting off
5. Throw a virtual party
6. Start a DYI project
7. At home spa day
8. Read a new book
9. Plan an indulgent dinner
10. Detox from social media and the news
MY RECENT STAYCATION EXPERIENCE
Recently, to keep from completely loosing my mind, I planned my own staycation where I am located in Atlanta, Ga. Last month I booked a room package deal at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Atlanta. This package included two tickets to the art museum, complimentary valet parking, and a $50 credit to use in the hotel restaurant or for room service. Many places that have reopened since the quarantine and are now taking great measures to keep their employees and guests safe. The Four Seasons Hotel did not disappoint in this area.
Once we checked in, we were quite hungry so decided to check out their restaurant. The hotel restaurant/lounge Bar Margot was the only one operating at the time with a very limited menu. Because of this we decided to order wings (that were delicious) fries and a cocktails. After lunch we decided to take a dip in the hotels pool which we pretty much had to ourselves with the exception of a couple relaxing in the jacuzzi.
As part of the package, we decided to go to the art museum the following day. The Art museum is normally a come when you please establishment but because of Covid, is now operating by appointment only. Prior to check in, I was required to select the preferred day and time we wanted go to the museum. There were definitely social distancing precautions at the museum as well. Everyone who attends the art museum is required to wear a mask and do not try taking it off because you will be quickly instructed to put it on. Ask me how I know. Lol
The full lock down has now subsided and many places have finally reopened back to the public, with restrictions and precautions of course. There are also limited countries who have reopened up their boarders to the US . Such as: Mexico, Bahamas, Costa Rico, Bora Bora, Jamaica, Aruba and others. Visit Travel Off Path for a full listings of countries now open for tourist travel and their restrictions upon going and returning home.
In closing, I understand many people may not be ready to return to domestic or international travel just yet so a staycation is the perfect fix. The great thing about planning a staycation right now is, even if you choose to stay in the comforts of your own home, any and everything can be delivered right to your doorstep. Staycations are a great opportunity to utilize your creativity skills or just simply relax.
I hope you enjoyed my Top 10 Staycation Ideas! Will you be trying anything on this list? If so let me know in the comments. Also, if you have any great staycation ideas that aren’t listed, drop them below!