This is a great year to try a summer staycation. There is plenty of fun to be had in and around your Northern Virginia home.
Whether you plan your break time with your family or you take some time to treat yourself solo, these staycation ideas will help you live your best life even if you’re on a tight budget.
Take advantage of the weather and plan an outdoor excursion. Go for a leisurely stroll, map out a longer than usual walk or run, bicycle the W&OD trail. There are so many outdoor options!
Make a Meal a Party
Spice up the mealtime routine by making it a party! Set a theme for the menu. Decorate. Costumes optional! This time of year you can make the event indoor or outside.
Hunt for Great Finds in Town
Set up your own scavenger hunt. Challenge yourself to find things in and around town. You can focus on nature – there are so many interesting plants blooming right now. Or, think if things you are not sure are nearby and challenge yourself to look at your neighborhood in a whole new way.
Have a Spa Day
There are many day spas in and around town. They were closed during COVID-19 restrictions, so they can really use your patronage now. If you aren’t comfortable heading out to a spa quite yet, grab a few face masks, some mani-pedi supplies, and have a DIY spa day.
Try a New Fitness Class
Like spas, gyms were really restricted this Spring. They’d love for you to come by and try something new. Pick up some weights, spin or try a new type of yoga. You can also look for online offerings and exercise right in your own home.
Take a Day Trip
Even if you never leave your car, a road trip can really provide a change of pace. Here in Virginia we have mountains, lakes, shoreline and so much more! If you want to plan for stops along the way, be sure to do some research. Many places are open with reservation systems. A little planning will help make for a wonderful day.
Camp in Your Yard
There’s nothing stopping you from enjoying the great outdoors right in your own backyard. Get out the camping gear or borrow a tent if you don’t have one, make s’mores (use the microwave if your area prohibits campfires), and tell some spooky stories with a flashlight. Who needs a campground?
Set Up a Watch Party
Catch up on all the things you have always wanted to watch! You can share your list with friends and connect afterwards to talk about likes and dislikes. Be sure to have your favorite drinks and snacks on hand to make the viewing fun. PJs are the recommended attire!