The past few weeks have been full of upended schedules and changed plans. For you and your family, this may have meant postponing or canceling a vacation that you’ve been anticipating for quite a while. But it’s during this stressful time of uncertainty that we all could use a vacation more than ever. So how can you have a relaxing and fun vacation while staying at home? Here are some staycation ideas you can try while social distancing.

Virtually Visit Famous Sites

If famous sites were going to be a highlight of your trip, you may not be out of luck after all. A number of tourist attractions from around the world offer tours you can take with your computer or smart device. Museums with this service include the American Museum of Natural History, the British Museum and the Louvre. Observe your favorite animals with virtual views of the San Diego Zoo and Monterey Bay Aquarium. You can even tour landmarks like Buckingham Palace, the Great Wall of China and the White House. Many first-person videos of theme park rides are also available on YouTube.

Clear the Clutter

Cleaning may sound like the last thing you want to do while you’re on vacation. But picture a hotel room for a moment. You might notice how clean and free of clutter it is—and how good that feels. Taking the time to tidy up your home can make a huge difference in your ability to relax. Without the mess of everyday living, you might be surprised at how different your home feels.

Send Your Senses on Vacation

Where did you plan to go on vacation? You may not be able to go, but you can still recreate the experience for your senses. Let’s say you were going to visit a tropical island. Using essential oils, candles or plants, you could fill your home with the smells of coconuts, frangipanis and sandalwood. Or, you could opt for a scent such as lavender or chamomile if your top goal is some R&R.

Emulate the Spa Experience at Home

On the relaxation theme, if you were looking for some spa time, there’s a lot you can do to feel like you’re there without spoiling a self-quarantine. Put your phone on silent. Go for a solo walk around your neighborhood—or if you have a backyard, grab a beach towel and relax outside. Soak in a tub with a bath bomb or freshen your face with a clay mask.

Turn Your Yard Into a Park

If you have kids itching to get out of the house, a picnic is a great idea for all ages. Grab a basket of food and lay down a blanket on your lawn or driveway, and you’re good to go! Lawn games are another way to have outdoor fun, if you have the space. Cornhole, giant Jenga and ladder ball are all family-friendly and can provide hours of fun.

Lose Yourself in a Good Book or Show

Day-to-day obligations can keep us all busy, and you might have had to put off enjoying a number of books and TV shows as a result. Being stuck at home is the perfect opportunity to catch up on the books you’ve been meaning to read and shows you’ve been wanting to stream. Most libraries are closed right now, but you can still check out digital books to read on your devices. Meanwhile, streaming services are releasing new shows and movies earlier, so you have plenty of options to escape through your imagination while staying inside.

Catch Up on Some ZZZ’s

Is there anything more relaxing than sleeping? Enhance the experience by practicing relaxation techniques before bed like drinking herbal tea, taking a bath and meditating. To help yourself sleep solidly, install some blackout curtains and play relaxing sounds with a smartphone app. Prioritizing sleep can help reduce stress, improve mood and give your immune system a boost to boot!

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