Ideas for a ‘Staycation’ on Spring Break

With warm spring weather right around the corner and schools about ready to give students their long-awaited two-week “recess,” you may be contemplating where to go for spring break. Instead of traveling, why not stick close to home and plan a “staycation?” You may just find it’s the perfect answer to that case of spring fever that’s beginning to stir inside you right about now.

Here are some great ideas for a staycation that’s worthy of the name:

College age/Studentsfamily on couch

If you’re looking for some great things to do on spring break — and who isn’t? — consider these ideas:

  • First, catch up on sleep. College is rough, and sleep deprivation is rougher. So, sleep in — without guilt. You’ve earned it. Then enjoy lounging around a bit when you do get up.
  • Go hiking or horseback riding to get your blood pumping. You’ll feel great!
  • Spend a day miniature or disc golfing, or plan a game of badminton or volleyball with the crew.
  • Plan a spa day. Visit your favorite local day spa or have a DIY (do-it-yourself) spa party where you and your friends each take turns getting a facial.
  • Go out dancing.
  • Enjoy a favorite TV show rerun marathon.

Working adults without children

You don’t have to travel to treat yourself like a VIP tourist. Here are a few fantastic staycation ideas:

  • Book a room at a nice local hotel and give yourself the royal treatment. Enjoy the hotel’s amenities: Get a relaxing massage or facial, sit by the pool, or swim if it isn’t too chilly or they have an indoor pool. Spend your evenings in the hotel lounge, or order room service and relax.
  • Plan an itinerary of sights to see in your local area. Take photos to preserve the memories.
  • Go for a leisurely stroll or an invigorating run.
  • Treat yourself to a taste of the nightlife in your area. Go out to dinner and a movie one night, to a nightclub with live music and dancing another night.

Families with children

Plan ahead. Pick a theme for your staycation, such as Nature. Decide what you’ll do each day, but be sure to leave plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying your time together. If you think you might overdo it, schedule in some relaxation time so you won’t overlook it. Here are some wonderful, nature-related spring break activities for families with kids:

  • Camp out in the backyard. Set up a tent, barbecue, and toast marshmallows.
  • Spend the day gardening.
  • Go on a nature walk and collect specimens to turn into a nature display once you get home.
  • Visit the zoo or museum or, if you have a chapter in your area, the National Audubon Society.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt — either indoors or out.
  • Spend the day making nature-related crafts together.
  • Go on a picnic in the park or the yard.

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