6 Summer Staycation Ideas for Retirees
Transform your backyard into a serene and inviting oasis by creating a cozy outdoor living space. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, just get creative. If you have a tent from camping days pitch it in the backyard and enjoy being outdoors. A hammock? Perfect! Rearrange your patio furniture and add some blankets and pillows. No furniture? No worries! If the weather allows, bring a favorite blanket and pillows from the house, add some music, drinks and even some candles to spend the day having a picnic, reading, meditating, practicing yoga or just enjoying nature. You can even enjoy your oasis into the evenings by stargazing just make sure you’ve got bug spray so you don’t get eaten alive by mosquitoes.
How often have you driven past a certain restaurant or breakfast place in town and never entered? Now’s the time to try! Find out when your local farmer’s market happens or at least one nearby to gather fresh ingredients and experiment with new recipes. A number of farmer’s markets now incorporate food trucks and other types of stalls in addition to fresh, local produce so you may find a treasure trove of goodies from kettle corn to fresh meats and desserts to handmade items, local honey and more! The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a National Farmer’s Market Directory you can access here to find a farmer’s market near you.
4. Take a Day Trip
What’s within an hour’s drive of your home? You may be surprised by how getting out for a day or even an afternoon can boost your mood and make you feel like you’ve really been away. Live near the ocean? Plan a trip to the beach. Live near a park? Check it out. There are endless options. See what’s around and where you’ve never visited. You just might find a new favorite spot! If you’re curious about venturing overnight you may want to consider RVing.
Pamper yourself with a wellness retreat without leaving the house. You can create your own spa experience at home by taking a long bath, doing your nails, a facial (guys, a facial is great for you too) or even some exercise and gentle stretching exercises. Focus on self-care and relaxation to recharge your mind, body and soul which reduces stress which is known to improve your health.
Staycations are an excellent opportunity to learn a new skill or pursue a long-held passion. Enroll in a local art class (summer is a time that many studios offer short sessions) or attend a workshop or seminar on subjects that intrigue you. This intellectual stimulation will keep your mind sharp and engaged, and you may even discover a new talent or hobby that brings you joy. A good place to learn about these offerings is your local senior center, college or university or library.
Once you’ve gotten some R&R at home and are ready to tackle some projects, be sure to check out 6 Tasks to Do Around the House for Summer.
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