Plan the perfect staycation

Between COVID-19, physical distancing guidelines and travel restrictions, the summer travel season will look different for most of us. You still need a vacation. If there has ever been a time when people need a chance to recharge from job and life stressors, it is now. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far—or anywhere for that matter—for an unforgettable vacation.

All you need is a little creativity. And this easy Staycation quiz.

Answer three short multiple-choice questions about what you want to get out of your vacation, where you’ll be and whether you’ll be alone, with adults or with children. Based on your answers, you’ll find great ideas for making the most of your time off. Think virtual museum tours, at-home spa days, scavenger hunts, a family campout in the yard or living room, and more.

Additional Staycation Ideas

Your vacation may look different this year. But there is no reason why it cannot be just as fun, refreshing or restful. Here are some ideas:

  • Take a virtual tour. You can find virtual tours of popular cities, museums, zoos and national parks, including Disney, the Louvre, the Great Wall of China and the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Watch opera in your PJs. New York’s Metropolitan Opera offers free nightly opera streams on its website.
  • Create your own water park complete with water slide, Super Soakers and a water balloon toss.
  • Make it a movie night. Find a local drive-in movie theater or project your own movie on a wall in or outside of your home.
  • Explore your town. Search for suggested hikes, walking tours or bike trails near you. Love art? See if your town offers a guide for local street art and then set a goal to explore them all.
  • Travel the world from home. Explore the world through cookbooks and online classes. Learn Italian while you perfect your zuppe and risotto.
  • Create a relaxation zone. Light candles, play soothing music and fill a pitcher with water and cut fruit. Then read, meditate, do yoga, have a spa day or whatever relaxes and rejuvenates you.
  • Act it out. Turn your children’s favorite story into a play. Learn your lines together and create costumes using things you find around the house.