Reimagining the Staycation: Ideas For Creating Memorable Experiences

Updated December 2023

Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to staycation at home! We are going to be creating memorable experiences in your backyard with these staycation ideas. The concept of a staycation has gained immense popularity, offering a refreshing break from the daily grind without the hassle or cost of travel.

Get ready to embark on a journey of relaxation, adventure, and discovery as we unlock the secrets to creating extraordinary staycations without leaving your home city. Let’s dive in and make your staycation dreams come true.

Whether you’re enjoying a staycation or a nearcation (a vacation close to home) these staycation ideas will help you make the most of your local travel. Here’s how to have a fantastic vacation without travelling far, or anywhere at all.

Don’t have time to read this now, pin this staycation post for later!

How to Staycation at Home – Ultimate Guide of Staycation Ideas

Enjoy breakfast in bed

I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute favourite things to do while on vacation is wrapping myself in a cozy hotel robe and savouring breakfast in bed. This is easily achievable whether you’re on vacation or not. That’s why it’s number one on my list. You can even do this from the comfort of your own home!

When at home, room service is called Uber Eats πŸ˜‰ Order your breakfast or brunch straight to your door. If you’re local, check out my post on the best brunches in Vancouver delivered.

Cozy up in a fluffy robe or wrap yourself in a fuzzy blanket and watch some TV or read a book. Lounge around and relax, savouring your hot cup of coffee.

Amazing hotel breakfast in bed is one way how to staycation at home.
This decadent breakfast was delivered right to my hotel room. I enjoyed it while lounging in bed, wearing my hotel robe. The best vacation days start like this.

Get outside and do something fun

When you’re on vacation, what do you usually do? If you love adventure sports, rent yourself an ATV for a couple of hours. Prefer something without a motor and on land? Go horseback riding.

If you’re more of a luxury car fan, rent one of those! Perhaps you love zip-lining through forests on vacation – perfect, do that! Because you’re saving on travel costs, you can splurge on things to do at home that you normally wouldn’t. That’s the whole idea behind a staycation!

Or maybe your idea of fun is meandering through an art exhibit at a museum, then go do that. Do something that you would normally only spend time and money on when you’re on vacation. Make time for that activity during your local travels.

Woman riding an ATV in Whistler as part of her staycation at home
As an avid adventurer, you will often find me doing something action-oriented both at home and while on vacation.

Treat yo’ self

This one is personal because everyone has a different version of what a treat is. For me, it’s indulging in a spa day where I lounge at the spa for a couple of hours before getting a massage and then enjoying a hot cup of tea or a glass of bubbly afterwards. When I spend an afternoon at the spa I feel like a new woman. It’s almost as good as coming home from a relaxing vacation.

If you’re tight on funds but want to indulge in a spa-like experience, grab a day pass to a local gym that has a sauna and steam room. I train at Equinox and I have a Sunday ritual of doing a yoga class, followed by a steam room session, complete with a face mask followed by a lengthy hot shower.

For you, it might be the same, or something completely different. After all, we tend to act differently on vacation by splurging on purchases or activities we don’t normally do. Think about what an indulgent experience would include for you, and incorporate that into your staycation.

It could be something as simple as purchasing a bottle of expensive wine. Or golfing at a PGA course. Or even spending the day shopping and treating yourself to a new outfit.

Spa amenities
The high-end toiletries inside the ladies’ room when I enjoyed my last spa day. If you look closely, you’ll see my spa robe-covered arm in the mirror. I really do love spa robes!

More Ways to Enjoy a Staycation at Home

Dine at a ‘touristy’ restaurant

Because you’re not a tourist, you likely don’t often eat at these types of restaurants when you’re close to home. Now is the perfect time to dine at the scenic, revolving restaurant that you would normally only go to with an out-of-town friend.

I finally visited the super touristy Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant and I was wowed by the views. I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to visit!

Every city has different options, you just have to look. Perhaps you can sail on a sunset dinner cruise. Alternatively, make reservations at the fancy new eatery that just opened up. Order the tasting menu, and add on the wine pairing.

One way to make your staycation truly feel like a vacation is to treat yourself to luxuries – or touristy activities – normally reserved for a vacation. As a result, you will feel like you’re away on vacation.

View of BC Place from Top of Vancouver restaurant
The 360 views from The Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant can’t be beat! As you dine, the restaurant slowly moves, providing guests with unparalleled views of the entire city. A full rotation takes one hour.

Or you could check out a new speakeasy bar, or simply somewhere you’ve been wanting to check out but haven’t yet. Date nights are one of my favourite staycation ideas because they’re as simple as finding a new bar or restaurant and making a reservation.

Stay overnight somewhere new

Oftentimes when staying close to home we pick somewhere within driving distance for a day trip. If you can swing it, go a bit further and stay overnight. Make it feel like a true vacation by staying somewhere new. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it could even be camping. Think outside of the box.

With travel at an all-time low, there are lots of deals to be had, especially for locals. Now really is the best time to explore your own backyard.

My friends and I once scored a 2 bedroom suite in Whistler for the price of a 1 bedroom. In Whistler! Deals are everywhere, you just have to look. Make your staycation a real vacation by spending the night somewhere new.

Teepee at Nelson AirBnb as part of my staycation at home experience
I absolutely loved the uniqueness of this TeePee at an Airbnb I recently stayed at in Nelson, BC. This listing offers a wide variety of lodging options, including a rustic cabin. Rumour has it they’re going to add a treehouse and I’ll definitely be back if they do!

Staycations may be trending right now, but they are not a new idea. I have always been a fan of taking a staycation or two every year to maximize the number of trips I can take.

Bonus Staycation Ideas

I know, I know, the original title said 5 staycation ideas but I wanted to add a few more so when I updated this post, I added more staycation ideas for you.

Attend an event

During my most recent staycation, we checked out the latest Cirque du Soleil show, Kooza. A night out at the circus is an excellent staycation idea. We have also attended hockey games, as well as concerts.

When you’re trying to figure out how to staycation at home, be sure to check local events to see what is happening in your city. There’s always something going on, you just have to look.

Go dancing

If there’s one thing we always do on vacation, it’s go dancing so why not do that at home? It doesn’t have to be a nightclub full of sweaty kids, unless, of course, you want that vibe. And we sometimes do so no judgment here πŸ˜‰

A great staycation idea is to search for dance lessons to see if there’s a bar near you that offers salsa lessons followed by open dancing.

If you aren’t yet convinced that staycations can make for amazing vacations, check out my reasons why staycations are the new vacation. You might just decide that local travel isn’t so bad.

Conclusion – How to have an epic staycation at home

I hope I’ve helped you see that staying close to home and having a staycation can be an amazing vacation. If you are struggling to find things to do close to home, do a Google or Trip Advisor search. Always remember that where you live is a destination for others.

If you’re local, check out my post on the best brunches in Vancouver delivered to your door. Breakfast in bed is the ultimate way to start your luxury staycation πŸ˜‰

Got a comment on this article? Join the conversation on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter and share your thoughts!

Make a staycation an amazing vacation
How to staycation at home