There’s nothing like escaping the realities of everyday life with the one you love. But sometimes a full-blown vacation just isn’t in the cards. Whether the budget is a bit tight these days, you’re short on vacation time from work, or you’re just looking for a change of pace in your typical routine, here are 4 fun staycation ideas that you and your spouse can enjoy together:
1. The Backyard Campout
If you want to enjoy the great outdoors, look no further than your own backyard! Pitch a tent, grab some flashlights, and build a fire in the firepit (or use the grill) to cook hotdogs and make s’mores! Enjoy an evening of looking up at the stars and telling ghost stories, all with the comforts of home just steps away.
2. The Movie Watching Marathon
Take a trip to Redbox, scope out the $5 movie bins at Walmart, or browse your own shelves to find a line-up of movies that you’d like to watch together (make it fun and let each person pick their favorites!). Then, grab all your favorite theater snacks (don’t forget the candy and popcorn!) and kick back for an all-day movie marathon extravaganza.
3. The At-Home Spa
Bring the relaxation of a day at the spa to your own home! Draw a bubble bath, do a fun face masque together, and take turns giving each other massages. Then you can put on your bathrobes and kick back to the sound of soothing music while sipping on water with fresh lemon slices.
4. The Local Explorers
5. The Themed Evening
Decide on a theme together, then eat cuisine and watch a movie or listen to music that goes along with it! Some examples might include a sushi night accompanied by a fun karate movie, or the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” enjoying your favorite Mexican food while listening to mariachi music, or a spread of Indian food while watching a fun Bollywood film. The possibilities are endless!
No matter which type of staycation you choose, commit to each other to unplug from the rest of the world (and your typical responsibilities) as much as possible so that you can make the most of this time together.