25 Best Staycation Ideas 2021: How to have Fun at Home


Last Updated on January 19, 2021 by Max

This is the second year with the pandemic, and again we may have to add a “stay” to our “vacation”. Staycation. 

I know it may not sound like a Caribbean cruise or a cultural trip to Athens. But hang in there, it’s going to be good.

What is a Staycation?

The word is a combination of the two words "stay" and "vacation". When you do a stay-
cation, you spend your holidays at home instead of going on foreign adventures. Per-
haps you have also heard of holistay? It's the same thing.

How to Do a Staycation in 2021

We put together 25 ideas to create a staycation friendly environment at home.

Take a look at our infographic, read our detailed list of them all, and find out what suits your living situation!

Do you live in a small apartment without a balcony or garden? 

Or do you live in a house with a backyard

Whatever your home looks like, there will be enough space for a great staycation!

Tip: To achieve the best staycation, you should plan at least one staycation friendly idea 
per day (it doesn't have to be a new one every day, just make sure you have a great time)!
This way you will do something fun every day during your summer holidays!
25 best staycation ideas. Make your summer holidays the best! Ideas for your summer vacation at home.
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25 Staycation Friendly Ideas

1. Switch off and relax

Most of us cannot run away from the fact that we spend an immense amount of time on the phone. like texting, scrolling, calling, and watching.

If you want to take a break from all the stressful notifications, it’s a good idea to put the device away for a few hours a day.

Emails or text messages from friends can make your staycation stressful. Therefore, just switch it off. Vacation is about escaping the stress of everyday life and recharge your body and mind.

2. Become the next Picasso

Instead of swiping and scrolling until your fingers cramp and your eyes turn red, you should pay some attention to your inner painter.

Do you have a brush, some paint, and paper or a canvas? Then let your inner Picasso out! You can set up your studio in your garden, on your balcony, or in your living room. There is no reason not to do it, even if you are a dabbler.

3. Fire up the barbecue

There is absolutely nothing better than having a barbecue in your garden. The smell of coal and summer, a cold beer in your hand, and a delicious home-grilled meal.

Barbecuing is the perfect way to create a relaxed holiday atmosphere.

4. Grab your bike and go

Did you know that there are an estimated one billion bicycles in the world? A ride on your bike gives you a better quality of life. Not only will you get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, but you may also even discover new places.

Tip: Bring a blanket and a book and find a nice place in the sun.

5. Order a hammock 

The sensational feeling of rocking like a baby. As a matter of fact, getting a hammock for the garden, the balcony, or to take to the park is money you will not regret investing.

In addition you can bring a book or some music and dream yourself to a tropical beach.

6. Meditate with a Japanese Buddhist monk 

When you think about how virtual the world has become today, it might not sound so crazy to meditate online with a Japanese Buddhist monk.

In fact, Airbnb offers online experiences that you can book from any location, and there seems to be something for everyone.

For instance, you can meditate with a Japanese Buddhist monk, learn how to make pasta from scratch, take tango classes, do creative writing, and attend many other courses and workshops. 

Are you curious too? Take a look at the many online experiences on Airbnb!

7. Make your garden or balcony your sanctuary

Staycation at home in garden. Make your garden your staycation spot this year. Relax and enjoy the summer.
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Your garden or patio will become your temple this summer. In other words, it is your private place, the place where you don’t have to do anything but relax and enjoy life.

How to make your garden or balcony staycation friendly: 

  • If you have a green thumb, now would be an excellent time to plant colorful flowers and grow vegetables.
  • Furnish your garden or balcony with comfortable furniture such as a lounger, hammock, or deck chairs. 
  • Do you want a beach bar? Mix some of your favorite holiday drinks and enjoy them in the sun. 

How you set up your bar: Pour cold water and ice cubes into a waterproof basket. You can also use a cool bag with cool packs. Cheers!

8. Camp in your backyard 

Suitable for both couples and families. 
If you cannot go camping this year, let it come to you. Put up your tents and make a campfire.

Also, a delicious way to enjoy the fire is to grill marshmallows and barbecue for lunch and dinner. This way, you can (almost) experience the true spirit of camping.

9. Cook exotic recipes 

Invite all the world’s cuisines into your kitchen and explore the many exotic tastes. Maybe you are in the mood for Hawaiian Poi or French Boeuf Bourguignon?

No matter what, dishes from all over the world will surely bring the world home to you. 

For inspiration, check out TasteofHome’s 80 Authentic Recipes from Around the World!

10. Do cultural days

If you want to take your cooking to the next level, you can hold cultural days or so-called theme days. This way you get to know new cultures, learn new terminology, and listen to the melodies of your chosen nation.

Maybe tomorrow your home will be in Argentina, and you will prepare parrillas to the sound of the tango. Disfruta de la Vida!

11. Festival at home

The festivals this summer may not take place. But that does not mean that we cannot enjoy concerts this year.

According to Billboard.com, many performances will take place online. Names like Bon Jovi, Nick Jonas, Dolly Parton, and many more. You can stream them either through social media or other streaming services.

12. Invite the opera home

Indulge yourself with the most splendid performances: stream La Bohème, Rigoletto, The Tempest, and many others.

The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts a live performance daily at 7.30 p.m. (ET), which is free for anyone who wants to watch and listen. Also, if you want to see more than just the daily performance, you can watch any show for a few dollars.

Curious? Visit the Met.

13. Explore your neighborhood

Make it an everyday thing to go for a walk.

Not only will you get some fresh air, but a walk or a run in your neighborhood can also be an exciting event. For instance, you may come across new paths or areas that you have not paid much attention to before.

Along with that you can explore a nearby forest. There you can collect leaves, flowers, and wood and use them creatively at home.

14. Get the ball rolling

The ball is probably one of the simplest, yet most popular and entertaining objects ever created. Popular games such as table tennis, baseball, basketball, soccer – to name but a few – are games that most of us know.

Get together with your roommates or family and play a round of ball. All in all, ball games create a fun and summery atmosphere for young and old.

15. Go to the beach or lake

Sun, sand, and shore. Go swimming, relax in the sun, eat ice cream or drink a refreshing drink at the beach bar. All this is the epitome of summer and holidays.

A day in the sun with your toes in the sand is the perfect way to enjoy the summer.

16. Read books – catch up where you left off

Do you also like reading during your holidays? Literature invites its readers to explore other worlds and milieus. With this in mind, you should make it part of your staycation. Travel through amazing books.

Similary, Audiobooks are great if you want to doze in the sun or take a walk while listening to a story.

17. Write postcards

Postcards are an extinct species. Nowadays, we mostly communicate mainly via social media and SMS.

But why not revive them?

For example, make postcards and send them to your friends and family! Writing a postcard to your loved ones is not just a fun activity. It also makes the recipients happy.

However, if you don’t feel like making the cards, you can go to the shops and look for postcards that match your sense of humor.

18. Yoga retreat at home

Do you miss going to your yoga class during the week? Maybe you had planned to visit a peaceful retreat this summer, but can’t go? Or do you just want to learn some of the ancient Indian disciplines?

With a non-slip mat, a towel, and soothing music, you can transform your living room, garden, or balcony into a yoga resort.

Also, if you want inspiration on how to perform the positions and what types of disciplines there are, you can download yoga apps and watch free tutorials on YouTube. Namaste.

19. Movie nights 

First, pop some corn. Secondly, put yourself and your roommates or your family in front of the TV. Last but not least, choose a movie and have a good time!

Whether you watch a DVD, an old VSR, or via a streaming service, watching movies is an essential part of life for most of us. In fact, we spend endless hours in front of the black screen.

But why do we like watching movies? That we do because movies can be entertaining, dramatic, and sometimes thrilling (to name just a few of the genres). And best of all, they invite their audience to take a look at other worlds, milieus, and lives.

Check out Jurga’s Ultimate List of Best Travel Movies of All Time on fullsuitcase.com!

20. Enter the world of VR

It’s almost as if you were there yourself. With every movement you make, the goggles (virtual reality glasses) move with you.

Whether you want to walk in the streets of Naples or take part in a Google expedition, dive underwater or visit a museum, with Virtual Reality, it is possible.

Thus, getting VR goggles can be a fun way to explore the world this summer – virtual staycation!

21. Get a pet

Adopt a pet during your staycation. Make your summer at home great with a new hairy family member.
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Have you always wanted a new pet, but never had the time? Since we can’t go on vacation at the moment, adopting a small four-legged pet is a perfect thing to do during your staycation.

Because if not now, then when? Now might be the right time to find the perfect pet. Besides, you will have plenty of time to give your new best friend a warm welcome and give him the time and love he needs to settle in.

22. Dust off the board games

Most of us tend to watch television when we want simple entertainment. But why not bring out the old school board game?

Whether you live with your partner or family, it’s a great way to spend some time away from the screens and have fun together. 

Game ideas: 

– Monopoly
– Scrabble
– Chess
– Trivial pursuit
– Backgammon
– jigsaw puzzles

… and many more! 

If you live alone, or just need some time for yourself, doing jigsaw puzzles is a fun, relaxing, and satisfying activity for many. I would recommend starting with 500 pieces.

23. Daze in the sun

Get some sunshine vitamin boost (also known as vitamin D). In fact, this vitamin is what your body produces when you are in the sun.

Apart from that, sunbathing is what most of us associate with summer vacations. Therefore, you should also enjoy it at home.

Living in an apatment should not keep you out of the sun. Instead, visit a park with a picnic blanket, snacks and books, or bring your new hammock.

24. Home spa 

Regardless of gender, a day of wellness can work wonders, not only for your body but also for your mental health.

That is why you should do a spa day. For instance, make baking powder and cucumber masks and treat your body well. Also, give it some attention with the shaver and a peeling.

Overall, just relax, feel good and enjoy some pure relaxation.

25. Get creative with needle and thread

Do you have some old clothes lying around? Give new life to them! You can do this by turning them into tote bags, kitchen towels, and much more.

All you need is your own creativity, old clothes, and sewing tools!

Making travel your lifestyle also means feeling free wherever you are in the world. It does not mean that you have to be constantly on the road on new adventures.

A Staycation can be a great way to relax and think about your bigger goals.

And most importantly always

Have fun! And don’t worry. Soon your inner traveler can go on adventure again! Now it is all about creating the best staycation and plan future travels!

A woman enjoying her staycation in a hammock
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Maya is a travel expert and the co-founder of LiveYourTravel. She is a passionate nomadic traveler and writer who loves to explore new places, cultures, and people. Join her here on Live Your Travel, where she shares her best travel tips and priceless hacks with you.

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