Vacation or Staycation?

It’s that time of year when many people start fantasizing about taking a tropical vacation. But this year, with COVID-19 still active in our state, nation and world, you might want to consider a “Staycation” instead.

Staying at home may sound a bit boring, but it can be more relaxing and restorative than travel. You don’t have to deal with packing, crowded airports, navigating an unfamiliar place, learning a different language, or risk contracting COVID-19. And you can easily beat the “winter blues” by relaxing and doing something fun.

A Staycation can also help you save money and it’s a great opportunity to explore more of your own city, town, or region. You can enjoy the “closer- to-home” experiences that you’ve always wanted to try. Any money you do spend will directly benefit your local community—a much needed boost as many Connecticut small businesses are struggling right now.

If you do choose a Staycation, it can be tempting to use that time to catch-up on chores, projects and errands you’ve been putting off. That is not what a Staycation is about. In fact, many “Staycationers” clean their homes beforehand so there are only pleasurable activities to do during their time off. It’s also helpful to make some plans before the start of your Staycation so you’re not just sitting around feeling bored.

If you need help planning, here are great ideas for a fun Staycation:

  • Visit Connecticut’s many interesting local museums and historical societies.
  • Cook up a new recipe or learn about a new cuisine. If you don’t like to cook, try a new restaurant or two.
  • Stock up on books from your local library and take advantage of other extras that come with library membership like museum passes you can borrow for free.
  • Begin a craft project you’ve been thinking about trying or learn a new hobby.
  • Plant an indoor windowsill herb garden or expand your houseplant collection.
  • Throw a safe winter party with a small circle of friends. Mulled wine, fondue, and games can warm you up.
  • Attend a local sporting event—perhaps basketball or hockey.
  • Go on a scenic winter walk or hike and bring your four-legged friend.
  • To deepen your relaxation, practice meditation or take a yoga class in person or online.
  • Splurge on a visit to a local spa, or a day lounging in hot tubs and saunas. If you live near a nice hotel or casino, many offer day passes to their indoor pools and spas.

Enjoy an Aquatic & Fitness Center membership at Duncaster during your Staycation! Take a dip in the pool, jump on the treadmill or try a yoga class. Contact Lisa Greene at (860) 413-1229 for details on a FREE TRIAL membership.

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