Around this time of year, many of us would usually be jetting off with our partners to enjoy a relaxing vacation getaway together. But, instead, most of us are spending our time at home and practicing social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the coronavirus may have taken your vacation plans off the table for the time being, it’s still so important to prioritize carving out time in your schedule to relax and connect with your partner like you would on a vacation. When life is stressful and hectic, it’s even more important to make sure that you and your significant other de-stress, connect with one another, and practice self-care. So, to help you do that while staying home during COVID-19, we’ve put together this list of ways you can make your time spent at home feel more like a staycation. Read on to see our 6 ideas for having a staycation with your bae when you’re staying at home!
Connect Over Coffee
When you’re on vacation, you probably have your morning coffee alongside your partner as you both enjoy a leisurely start to your day. So to get a bit of that calm morning vibe when you’re at home, consider setting up some dedicated time in the morning to unwind and connect over coffee. It may not always be possible to spend a long time together in the morning if you need to get to work, but you can probably carve out some time (especially if you no longer need to dedicate time to a commute). And that will be time well-spent, since starting your day by spending a bit of quality time with your love can make you both feel happier, more relaxed, and more connected.
Have a Peaceful Picnic
Make brunch, lunch, or dinner feel more fun by having a peaceful picnic at home. If you have a backyard, take advantage of your outdoor space and enjoy a picnic out in nature. Grab some picnic fare, a blanket, and maybe a board game or two, and enjoy some unwinding out in the lovely spring break season weather. If you don’t have a yard, you can still enjoy this staycation idea by making your living room into a DIY indoor picnic space. As long as you have a blanket and some picnic-ready foods, you can have a calm, relaxing picnic wherever you are.
If you like this idea and want to take it a step further, you can also consider camping at home. If you have a tent and/or some sleeping bags, you can simulate a National Park excursion and have a mini camping getaway right in your own home.
Do Yoga Together
Want to boost your mood, improve your health, and feel amazing while connecting with your significant other? Do yoga with your partner at home. Yoga can amp up your physical fitness while also improving your mental health, since it’s an excellent way to destress and practice mindfulness. And, of course, doing yoga also releases endorphins, which makes you feel happier. To make your at-home yoga session with your partner feel a bit more like it would if you were at a fancy yoga studio, consider switching up the lighting in your practice space. Softening the light in your home by dimming your lights or closing your curtains can improve the ambiance of your space, making your at-home yoga session even better.
Cocktails and Convos
You may not be able to hit the hotel bar this spring, since most bars are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, you can still enjoy some romantic cocktails and conversation with your love at home. To make an at-home cocktail date feel elevated and special, set the scene. Light some candles, put on a great playlist, put out flowers if you have them, and get dressed up like you’re getting ready for a night on the town. Then, enjoy bonding with your partner over some homemade craft cocktails.
Read and Relax
If you and your love are bibliophiles, reading and relaxing together is a lovely day-off activity. With this idea, you can hang out together while reading your own books, so you’re spending quality time together while you each get to do something you want to do.
Travel Via Cookbooks
One way to explore world culture is to try new cuisines. So if you and your partner like to cook, you can get a taste of world travel through trying new recipes. If you already have cookbooks at home, now is a great time to start working through them. And if you don’t, you can order a few online or find some new recipes on the many excellent cooking blogs across the internet. Trying out new dishes from different cultures is a great way to explore those cultures, helping you experience more of the world while you’re stuck in lockdown. Then, it’s also a great way to make your everyday routine more fun, exciting, and novel.
If you want to make this staycation idea even more immersive, consider seeing if you can pair your cuisine with a complementary virtual tour. There are many museums, landmarks, aquariums, and zoos around the world that are currently offering virtual tours and livestreams online. For example, some popular virtual destinations are the Louvre, the Great Wall of China, and the San Diego Zoo. If you, say, pair that new French dish you’re trying with a virtual stroll around the Louvre, that can make your staycation meal all the more fun and interesting. And taking a few virtual tours may help you decide where you and your love will want to travel next once the travel restrictions are lifted it’s safe to travel again.