For many of us, taking an out-of-town vacation just doesn't fit in the schedule. With the kid's sporting events and classes, significant other's work commitments and our own obligations, finding a time that agrees with all itineraries can be difficult. That doesn't mean you can't relax, however! The team at Jiffy has compiled a list of great activities that you can do near home to fulfill your need for rest and recreation.
1. Get to Water
Jumping in water is a great way to cool off during the hot summer months. Regardless if you head to the pool, lake, river or ocean, beat the heat with family and friends in a nearby body of water.
2. Go See a Movie
With some really great movie releases this summer, heading to the movie theatre is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. If you are into super heroes, "Wonder Woman" and "Spider-Man: Homecoming" will be perfect for you. Or maybe you prefer a good romantic comedy. If that is the case, "The Big Sick" will be right up your alley. You can easily purchase tickets ahead of time on Fandango to make sure you've got a seat!
3. Take a Nap
Afternoon naps occur far too infrequently as we grow older. When on a staycation, take as many as you possibly can! This will ensure you feel rested as you approach the end of your time off, allowing you to return to work stress-free.
4. Practice Your Favorite Sport
Whether you prefer sand volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf or biking, getting a little exercise on a staycation will help release endorphins that offer positive feelings and help reduce symptoms of stress and depression.
5. Find a New Book
From mysteries to documentaries, reading a new book is a great way to stimulate the mind and energize the imagination. If you have a hard time finding a new book, check out openingthebook.com's Which Bookadvisory board to make the decision much more simple.
6. Enjoy a Baseball Game
Hot dogs, cotton candy, nachos and cold beer make America's favorite pastime a great way to spend a hot summer day. With professional and minor league stadiums scattered across the country, you're sure to find one within driving distance. Grab some peanuts and join the crowd in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" for maximum entertainment.
7. Take a Hike
No matter your location, the natural wonders outside your door ought to be explored. You can discover nearby trails with a simple online search at AllTrails.com. Taking a hike is a wonderful way to get some alone time and view sights you can't see from the highway when you're driving to work.
8. Host a BBQ
Inviting your family and friends over for a day of delicious food, ice-cold drinks and board games is an ideal way to unwind on a staycation. Make sure to choose the best summer cookout recipes to guarantee your guests stay full and happy!
9. Head to a Museum
Regardless of your interests, there is sure to be a museum that caters to you. From history to art, science to technology, fashion to food and beyond, museums are typically affordable to attend and host exhibits that you can see once in a lifetime. You can visit GreatMuseums.org to discover a museum close to home.
10. Spend the Day at a Spa
Before heading back to the daily grind, we suggest pampering yourself a little bit! A nice massage, facial, manicure or pedicure will boost your confidence and relieve any remaining pressure or strain, putting you on the right track to head back to the office.
11. Clean and Organize Your Home
If you've gotten behind on cleaning, take this time to get your home back on track. You can even make great use of your Jiffy Steamer by cleaning grout, steaming wrinkled clothing and killing dust mites from mattresses. If you don't have one yet, get yours here!
Sure, you might not be able to get your entire family on track for a destination vacation; but, that does not mean you can't take some much needed time away from work. And just think, you won't have suitcases of laundry to do once the staycation is over and done.