This article was published on May 17th, 2020
With summer beckoning, the urge to go out and explore the world becomes stronger. However, this is not the time to head out on vacation. International borders remain closed due to Covid-19 and may remain shut until a proven vaccine is developed and administered to citizens worldwide.
As jurisdictions across the world urge people to stay home to control the spread of COVID 19, summer 2020 is officially the summer of the staycation.
You can do so many fun things around your locality while maintaining the guidelines issued by health officials. With some creativity, this might turn out to be one of your most fulfilling summers. Here are some fun staycation ideas for this limited travel and physical distancing period.
Camp in the backyard
What better way to beat stay-at-home blues than pitching a tent in your backyard? It’s safe, fun, and relaxing. Moreover, looking at the stars at night reminds you just how tiny we are in relation to the universe. You may even get to wish away the pandemic on a shooting star.
Yeah, we need all the help we can get in conquering this virus.
Pitch tent. Mix yourself a nice summer cocktail. Grab a warm blanket. Star-gaze as you contemplate the universe. It beats yet another rerun of some boring tv-show.
Tenting in a farmer’s field (with permission)
Even when you can’t go away for a wilderness camping trip, nothing is stopping you from exploring the next best option: a local farmer’s field!
Who needs a far-away camping ground when you can talk with a local farmer to camp on their grounds? They could do with the extra income.
Bring out the camping gear, borrow a tent if you don’t have one, make a few bites. You can even bring your ready-made summer cocktails. Tell a few spooky, or naughty stories and enjoy a night under the stars.
Swap houses with a friend
Swapping houses with a friend is one of the best staycation ideas. Why? Because it’s free. You won’t spend a dime, but you will enjoy all the comforts of an actual vacation – new surroundings, sights, smells, etc.
It feels like living in an Airbnb somewhere far away, well, minus the costs. The change will feel exciting and get you out of your normal routine. You also get to see how your friend lives. Just don’t go looking under the bed or sofa.
Clean up when you leave the house.
Day hike at local parks
After being cooped up in the house for so long, the great outdoors might offer some relief, especially during the coming summer months.
Hiking is good for both your physical and mental health and lets you temporarily forget about the pandemic.
However, due to an influx of other hikers in local parks, take extra precautions while heading out. Always carry your sanitizer and keep a social distance from other hikers. If possible, wear your mask during the hike. It may feel uncomfortable but reduces your chances of contracting the virus.
Check whether your local park is open and make a date with nature.
Weekend getaway to a family member’s house
Take a break from your drab house and hit a family member’s house for a fun weekend getaway. Let’s face it; you’re probably bored waking up to the same sights, sounds, and smells. A few days away might restore your sanity.
Before you head out, take all the necessary precautions such as packing your hand sanitizer, a mask, and taking your temperature.
Barbeque or have a campfire in a designated park / public space.
Change up your quarantine routine with a barbeque or campfire in a designated park or public space. With a quick Google search, you can find public spaces in your area where you can enjoy a barbecue session while maintaining physical distance.
It’s a great way to connect with your bubble of friends and family members.
Canoeing or kayaking
For those who prefer a bit more activity, canoeing or kayaking are right up your alley. You can easily rent a kayak/canoe for a day and hit the waters.
Paddling the canoe across the waters should take your mind off the pandemic. The breath of fresh air, lots of sunshine, and perhaps the company will cheer you up.
COVID 19 doesn’t have to ruin your summer. With a few creative staycation ideas, you can have fun while remaining safe and following the guidelines.