In these unprecedented times we wanted to share a few fun staycation secrets to experience the ultimate vacation at home.
Make Your Space Smell Like A Fancy Hotel: For travelers, the olfactory sense creates some of the strongest memories. Burn scented candles, plug in an oil diffuser or use room spray to perfume your home, creating a calming space where you can relax. Some of the world’s finest hotels are perfumed with bespoke fragrances. Source them from your favourite hotel or try these from Aroma 360 Hotel Scent Collection. (photo via Inspiration)
Cook A Meal That Will Make You Feel Like You're Worlds Away: Peruse through your cookbook shelf, and re-create a meal from your favourite destination. Chefs are sharing cooking tips and recipes online, check out Massimo Bottura of Michelin-starred restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena who is hosting a daily virtual cooking series called Kitchen Quarantine. Follow along with your favourite chefs and cook up something new. You can even take it a step further and discover the joy of cooking with one of these top online cooking courses (photo via Instagram)
Shake Up A Cocktail From Your Dream Destination: Nothing says vacation like a destination cocktail. Dreaming of Mexican beaches? Try something with tequila. Toast well wishes to Italy with an Aperol spritz. Feeling French? Cheers with Champagne. Head to the tropics by shaking up a rum cocktail. Literally choose your own adventure... depending on what you have in the liquor cabinet! (photo via Washington Post)
Have A Spa Day: Bring serenity home with a home spa day using common pantry ingredients. Make a body scrub with ingredients like sugar, coffee, coconut oil, and olive oil, make it extra by adding a few drops of essential oils if you have them. Try one or a few of Rancho La Puerta's masks for every skin type. Turn your shower into a sanctuary with a few drops of your favourite essential oil and enjoy a hydrating fruit water afterwards. (photo via Guest of Guest)
Create A Playlist: Transport yourself through music with a curated Spotify playlist, try Soundtrack Your Ride which generates a road trip playlist for you based on your Spotify history and your answers to a few questions, or check out the ever-expanding list of shows and musical events to stream from the comfort of your home. Search here and here. (photo via Islands)
Take Virtual Sightseeing Tours: You can now tour some of the world's most famous tourist attractions like the ruins of Pompeii, Machu Picchu or national parks right from your couch. With Google Arts and Culture you can literally travel anywhere...digitally. (photo via Google)