I know that the coronavirus pandemic has changed a lot of things, closed plenty of businesses, and cancelled a lot of plans.
Even still, now is not the time to skip your vacation.
No, you likely won’t be jetting to Bali this year. But even if coronavirus cancelled your travel plans, you can still enjoy vacation days — they just might look a little different this year.
Here are some excellent ways to spend your PTO and get some much needed time off, despite the ongoing pandemic.
Have a Staycation Instead
Don’t give up your vacation days just because you can’t travel.
When we think of vacations, we often think of traveling somewhere different and staying in a hotel. With all that off the table right now amid the pandemic, let’s just rethink what a vacation should be.
You could finally get cooking lessons from world renowned chefs, take comedy classes from famous comedians, or virtually visit museums across the globe. With much of the world in lockdown, there are now more things available virtually than ever.
Set up your own movie experience at home. Create a cozy palette on the floor with tons of blankets and pillows, or pull out the projector and set it up on the side of the house! Rent new releases, or finally make it through some of your list on Netflix. Don’t forget plenty of candy and popcorn!
You could just take a few days to relax and practice some self-care, too. Bring the spa to you by trying at-home face masks, manicures, and pedicures. Have a few mimosas with brunch, and take naps in the middle of the day — basically all the things you never get to do during work hours.
Staycation: Outdoor Edition
I know it’s no match for sightseeing in Italy, but when’s the last time you took a walk around your hometown?
We spend so much time planning trips to faraway places that we often forget about the gems close to home. This could be as simple as stepping outside your front door. Take a walk around your hometown and play tourist in your own city.
Staycation: Day Trip Edition
Or, pack up the car and take a drive. Short day trips to other locations in your state are still a great way to explore without breaking quarantine. And since you won’t be spending the extra funds on hotels, splurge on a fancy rental car to make it extra special.
Sure, museums and other indoor attractions are likely still closed, you can still walk around and explore. If you really want to experience the great outdoors, there are likely some great hiking trails, lakes, or even waterfalls to experience.
Vacations don’t always have to be super fancy. In fact, many people prefer to get away from it all with some good old fashioned camping.
If you’re one of those people, I have really good news: camping is quarantine-approved!
If you’re lucky enough to have an RV, it’s time to load up the family and head out for a few days. Many campsites are still open.
Even if you don’t have your own camper, you can still bust out the tent and sleeping bags. Go ahead, take a break from responsibilities for a while in the great outdoors.
Plan a Post-Quarantine Trip
If you’re feeling pretty blue about having to cancel your big travel plans, try spending some of your quarantine planning a new trip — for after some of the restrictions are lifted.
It may be a little uncertain when it comes to international travel, but it’s really an opportunity to explore more of the U.S. And as restrictions are lifted, it’ll be the perfect time to support reopening businesses across the country.
If you’re really itching to get out of the states, there are plenty of cruise lines that are offering deep discounts on many of their cruises. The best part? You can book them really far in advance, while still taking advantage of their sales. In fact, some of the deals apply as far out as two years from now — that’s a pretty safe bet.