Finding fun staycation ideas can be tough – you want to balance adventure and relaxation! These ways to escape at home are perfect for women over 50 (or 40, 60, 70, or 80…).
Sure, money is low and gas prices are high – but that’s no reason you can’t treat yourself to much-needed time to rest, rejuvenate, or something wild and crazy! Whether your staycation is by yourself, with a partner, or a group of girlfriends, these tips will help you enjoy your home as if it were an exotic destination.
“Find what brings you joy and go there.” ~ Jan Phillips. The key to planning a great staycation regardless of where you live is figuring out what you enjoy. Then, find creative ways to build your staycation around that “theme” — whether it’s escape, adventure, rest, or a bit of all three.
Here are a few tips to get the staycation ideas flowing…
What is a “Staycation”? An Escape at Home
Simply put, a staycation is a vacation at home. It costs a fraction of the price of a traditional vacation, and can be just as interesting.
Some staycation plans depend on where you live. For example, if you live in a thriving urban area or near a beach, finding things to do might be easy. Chances are there are many local resources available to tourists and other visitors that will give you great staycation ideas. But if you’re a woman over 50 who lives in a small, quiet town –perhaps one you’ve lived in all your life and know like the back of your hand — you may find it difficult to come up with interesting ideas.
Here are some ideas for staycations that will help you escape in your own home…
Nurture your body and spirit
When was the last time you treated yourself to a full day at a spa? Many spas have “the works” packages that allow you to select several different services for a fixed price. Perhaps a full body massage is just what you need to relax overworked muscles and ease (if massages aren’t your thing, read How to Relax During a Massage). Add a facial and a body wrap, or a manicure and pedicure, for some special pampering. If you want more than what a day spa has to offer, there may be an overnight spa nearby that has a two-or three-day or a weekend package. Other staycation ideas for women over 50 include taking a series of yoga classes, trying acupuncture or other energy work, getting a makeover at the cosmetic counter of a local department store, or getting color and a cut at a trendy hair salon.
Get a makeover – a great way to celebrate being a woman over 50!
Is it time to update your wardrobe? Explore the consignment shops outside your normal shopping area. You’ll find some wonderful “new-to-you” items or accessories for a fraction of the cost of shopping at the tourist-oriented stores you’d probably visit if you were vacationing in another city.
Escape into something new
A fun staycation idea can be a class in Thai cooking, knitting, growing orchids, or country line dancing. What have you always wanted to learn, but never had the time? That’s a great way to escape at home! Contact the adult education division of your local parks and recreation department, local art schools, cooking schools, community colleges, and local shops, or check online to see what types of classes are being offered in your area during the time you’re planning to take your staycation. Or, if your schedule is flexible enough, figure out what classes you want to take and plan your staycation around the class schedule.
Stretch your boundaries by taking on a home improvement project
For a staycation that keeps on giving, consider spending the time on a DIY home improvement project that you will be able to enjoy long after you go back to work. From painting a room, retiling the kitchen backsplash, or restaining your sunroom furniture, search online for DIY home improvement and/or decorating projects. If you’re an adventurous DIY’er, your staycation may be a great time to visit local thrift stores for gently used furniture and other household items that you can use for your DIY projects. If you’re a woman over 50 who has never attempted home improvement, this is your chance to stretch your limits.
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Explore new neighborhoods
For the ultimate two-fer staycation, go on a self-guided walking tour through some neighborhoods in your town that you’re not familiar with but have always wanted to explore. Some cities have wonderful old neighborhoods full of historic homes that have been renovated. Others have neighborhoods with lots of little shops and cafes full of all sorts of unusual treasures. If you live in a city with a museum district or a collection of art galleries, this might be a good time to leisurely explore them. Not only will you get to explore unchartered territory in your own backyard, you’ll get great exercise at the same time. If you enjoy photography, take your camera with you.
Help others – an “adventure staycation”
Sometimes one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve helped others. Do you wish you could volunteer to help others in your community but never seem to have the time? Consider using some or all of your staycation time to volunteer for a cause that’s important to you. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to help Habitat for Humanity build a house. There’s probably a soup kitchen nearby that could use your help as well. Is there a local candidate you want to help get elected? This is a great time to make your way to his or her campaign office and offer to help out. This staycation idea may turn into a long-term “escape” that you’ll cherish forever.
Planning and having a memorable staycation can be just as enjoyable and fulfilling as a traditional vacation, without the added travel and hotel expenses. Rather than feeling limited by your geographic location, feel empowered in knowing that you finally have the time and the freedom to do some of the things you’ve always wanted to do – for you – that you’ve never had the time for before. Enjoy!
While you’re escaping at home, why not think about the rest of your life? Read The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Midlife and Beyond by Pamela D. Blair — it’s a bestseller on Amazon.
If your staycation involves a local hike, you may find this helpful: Backpacking Checklist – 10 Packing Tips for a Hiking Trip.
And if you have any thoughts on planning an exciting or relaxing staycation (whether you’re a woman over 50 or not!), please comment below.
Written by Sydney Tyler Thomas, a writer and small business owner living in Virginia. She is author of The Joy of Soulful Knitting: Reflections on the Art of the Craft. You can also visit Sydney at her blog, New Calling.
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