The Coronavirus pandemic has made travelling anywhere, especially overseas, difficult and risky this year. Many countries are not letting foreign visitors in; others are demanding a quarantine period before you are allowed to freely go off and explore the country. That is, of course, if you want to even take the risk of travelling at the moment.
But what if you have got the vacation bug? Perhaps you have some time off work and want to spend it doing something a little different? How do you do that in the middle of a global pandemic? You could, of course, take a staycation. The problem is, it almost always lacks the excitement and the relaxation that a true vacation offers.
Here, we look at how you can get the best out of your 2021 staycation.
Do your housework beforehand
When you go on vacation, you might do some pretty basic housekeeping - running a cloth around the worktops after cooking, loading the dishwasher and perhaps even a quick vacuum when the floor starts to look particularly bitty. However, at home, it can be tempting to ‘just’ put that next load of laundry on or to clean the windows because they are looking a bit grubby.
Before your staycation starts, give your house a big deep clean so that you are not tempted to do it while on staycation. Hide any laundry so it is a case of out of sight, out of mind until you are ‘off’ staycation.
If you would not do it when you are on vacation, do not do it on staycation.
Plan some activities
This may have been made more complex by Coronavirus restrictions, but many areas are returning back to some normality. Plan plenty of things to do and see that you would not usually do - visit that museum, book that track day, climb that hill. Just be careful when you are out and about doing things; people are so excited to start living their lives again that they may be a little careless and put you at risk of having an accident. If this happens, make sure that you have a talented team of injury lawyers ready to serve you.
The problem with so many of us working from home at the moment, or at the very least having access to work-related things from our mobile devices is that it can be very tempting to just check that email, to just reply to that message about the difficult customer and generally not take a proper break. Hide any devices that have access to work software on if possible, or at the least delete the apps from your phone to reduce the temptation. If you do need to check in, limit yourself to a certain time of day and ask your staycation buddy to hold you accountable for this,
Hopefully, it will not be too much longer before normal travel can resume, but until that point, enjoy your relaxing staycation!
*Post contributed to Julianna Samson, a food and travel writer based in Europe.*