Home is more than just the place where you plan your next vacation; it is the destination to be right now. If a beach vacation was on your itinerary, or on your mind, there’s no better time to enter staycation mode. Use the following guide to invite the warm ocean breezes of California, Florida or the Caribbean inside and embark upon a beach vacation at home.
Create a By-the-Beach Ambiance
Decorate with window drawings: One of the best parts about visiting a beach is the view, right? Re-create it in your home with a fun activity: Use dry-erase markers on your windows to draw the ocean’s waves, sea creatures like jellyfish, seashells, and oceanside staples like beach balls.
Transform a space: Convert a deck, patio or room with a big window into your family’s personal beachside cabana for a relaxing escape. Plug in a fan to replicate a sea breeze, hang a hammock in the backyard or bring in throw pillows from the bedroom to be your cushions, and serve beach-themed appetizers or treats like watermelon slices, snow cones or taffy. For those lounging in their backyards, turn on the sprinklers for a quick cool-off.
Set the mood with music: Create a playlist with your favorite beach-inspired songs. Whether you ask a voice-activated device, find a channel in your music streaming service or task your teens with finding a song about each coastal state, a few songs can set the tone for your staycation.