Planning the Ultimate All-Inclusive Family Staycation
Only 44% of Americans are planning a trip away from home in 2020.
Does that mean you’re doomed to spend those precious vacation days sitting on your couch (and wishing you were somewhere else)?
Not at all! Now is the perfect time to plan an all-inclusive family staycation. With a little forethought and creativity, you can plan an amazing staycation by the pool that’s fun for the entire family.
Here are some unique ideas to get you started.
1. Choose a Family Staycation Theme
Did your Disney vacation get canceled this year? Buy pool floats of your favorite Disney characters, play Disney-inspired games, or make Disney-themed arts and crafts.
You could also choose a beach theme, a safari theme, or a retro theme from your favorite era. If your family has a favorite holiday, like Halloween or Christmas, why not celebrate it early this year?
Whatever you choose, decorate your home and pool area and play music and games that match the theme.
2. Go Camping in Your Backyard
Backyard camping is a classic choice for a staycation. Bonus: you probably already have everything you need.
Set up a tent, roll out those sleeping bags, and light up the BBQ. Pack a picnic of your favorite snacks for the daytime and roast smores over a fire pit after the sun goes down.
3. Host Your Own Olympic Games
The Tokyo Olympics may have been canceled this year, but who’s to say you can’t host your own family Olympics at home?
As a family, decide on the events and plan a schedule for the games. Before the festivities begin, create a leaderboard and medals to award the winners.
Here are some family-friendly games you might include:
- Relay races
- Swim races
- Board games
- Water polo
- Push-up competitions
While you’re having fun, make sure safety remains a priority—especially if you’ve got little ones around the pool area.
4. Travel the World (Without Leaving Home)
Until you can travel internationally, bring the world to you! Have fun learning about new places and cultures with some of these staycation ideas:
- Stream international films or shows
- Start learning a new language with a game or app
- Find recipes of your favorite international cuisine to try making at home
- Create a playlist of foreign music to enjoy around the pool
- Video chat with friends and family in other cities or countries
Not only will you have fun as a family, but you’ll learn exciting new things too.
5. Have an All-Inclusive Spa Day
Transform your pool deck into a tranquil spa oasis. Listen to relaxing music and treat yourself to a face mask while you sip fruit-infused water or tea.
If your kids like the idea, have them paint your nails or give you a new hairstyle. Once the kids are in bed for the night, enjoy some quiet time together soaking in the pool or hot tub.
Ready for Your All-Inclusive Family Staycation by the Pool?
We may not be traveling much this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun-filled family staycation at home.
Use some of the ideas above to have a memorable staycation by the pool. Who knows? It might even become your go-to choice for a summer vacation!
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