You may have scheduled an Easter vacation or a looked forward to spring break, but a global pandemic may have scuttled your plans. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your vacation time. With a little creativity and a change of mindset, staying at home during the lockdown can be just as enjoyable as visiting a popular travel destination. To demonstrate how to enjoy a Covid staycation, we’ve prepared a list of tips.
Renew Your Love for Your Hot Tub or Pool
One of the problems with big-ticket items is that we start to take them for granted after a while. Of course, when they first show up, we’re filled with excitement and use them at every chance we get. But invariably, over time, things like hot tubs, saunas, and swimming pools become part of the background and we don’t revere them like we used to. If you happen to have one of these big-ticket items and know what we’re talking about, now is the time to get reacquainted. If you haven’t run them in a while (and it may only because we’ve just gotten through winter) now is the time to freshen them up and get them ready for use again. Who needs to deal with crowded pool decks or cloudy resort hot tubs when you can create the ideal conditions in your own backyard?
The weather is warming up enough that if you have some good sleeping bags and a few extra blankets, camping out in your backyard can be a very pleasant activity. And if it gets too cold, unlike during real camping, you can just head back to the comfort of your own bed. It’s a good time of year to inspect your tent and sleeping gear anyway, so pull them out of storage, air them out and put them to the test. Of course, camping isn’t complete without cooking. But in these times when being able to breathe properly is of great importance, save yourself and your neighbours by using a gas or charcoal grill rather than a wood-burning campfire to cook your food.
In these times of food uncertainty, growing your own vegetables can be a way to gain back some control. And if you’ve never done it before, you might just find out why so many people seem to do it. Growing food is often secondary to the pleasure of being outdoors, getting into the zone, and allowing the hours to zip by unnoticed while getting reacquainted with Mother Earth. Even if you’re not growing vegetables or flowers, simply sprucing up your backyard can be very rewarding. And you might not believe it, but gardening can actually be really good exercise. Take advantage of your downtime and reinvest it into your backyard.
To learn more about making the most of your outdoor space, download our Backyard Escapes Guide.