LifestyleJason Koppel

Whether you’re saving the pennies or strapped for time off work this summer, a staycation is a great option if you want to relax and unwind without the hassle of travelling too far. But how do you get that ‘holiday’ feeling without a dash to the airport? At TJ Hughes we’ve put together a few ideas to help make your staycation as fun and memorable as a holiday abroad.

Go camping

Whether you pack up the car and head to the countryside or simply set up camp in your own back garden; camping is a brilliant way to get the whole family together for some much-needed R&R. All you need is a simple two-man tent, some sleeping bags and a couple of folding camping chairs, and you’re ready for a relaxing night under the stars. Alternatively, if you’re planning to spend a few days at a local campsite, you might want to take some camping essentials that will help to make your stay more comfortable. A camping kettle and portable gas stove are ideal if you’re planning lazy breakfasts at the campsite, whilst a wind up lantern is perfect if you want to stay up and toast a drink under the stars.

Become a tourist in your own town

You don’t have to travel to an unknown location to enjoy the sights and sounds like a tourist would, instead why not discover some of the hidden gems on your own doorstep? From discovering new restaurants to visiting local museums that you might not have made time to explore, you will find that there are plenty of things to do in your own city if you spend a bit of time researching. Alternatively, if the weather is nice, why not get the whole family out and about by discovering some local walks or cycling tracks nearby? Simply grab your active wear and a cute backpack to fill full of snacks, and set out for a day of adventures!

Create a holiday at home

If a few days of total relaxation is what you’re after, why not bring a bit of luxury to your own home by recreating the feeling of an all-inclusive holiday in your own back yard? Unwind in your very own Lay-Z Spa hot tub or start a good book in the comfort of a three-seat garden swing while the kids burn some energy on the trampoline. When the evening draws in, cook up a feast for the whole family on your outdoor BBQ, and let the celebrations continue long into the night as you roast marshmallows and sing songs by a roaring firepit.

The most important thing about enjoying the holidays isn’t where you are, but who you’re with. So, whether you get out and about or enjoy the comfort of your own home, a staycation is a great opportunity to spend time with the people you love – without breaking the bank.