Recreate Your Canceled Vacay At Home
While we’re all staying home and staying safe, the current restrictions mean lots of us have had travel plans canceled. But while your vacation's on hold for now, you can make staying in the new staycay by recreating your destination from home. So get imagining, and get started!
So. Got a canceled vacay? Suddenly have tons of spare time on your hands? Create some highlights of your destination from the comfort of your own couch. Just follow our guide and work it around the place of your vacay dreams...
New York, New York
Our trip to Manhattan wasn't on the cards anymore, so we got into an Empire State of mind (ahem!) and thought about how we could discover the Big Apple from our own apartment.
Live Concerts & Theater
A Broadway show was tops on our bucket list. While we couldn't recreate the crowds at home, lots of theater and music artists are live streaming performances right now. Check online for times and follow your fave stars on Youtube and Instagram for hits at home. Share the love: they’re self-isolating and working from home too!
A Hotel Experience
Staying in a hotel is all part of the experience. Got a guest room? Swap and stay there for the night! If not, give your bedroom a spring cleaning before your "trip". Put fresh sheets on the bed and spruce up the bathroom with clean towels. Dig out the fancy hotel toiletries you’ve been saving: now’s the time to enjoy them! We usually buy new books to read while away; instead, we indulged in our vacay reads at home — a great way to relax and switch off.
Create a restaurant experience at home: whip up some regional recipes from your destination. Lots of famous restaurant chefs have cookbooks and recipes online. Cooking not top of your skillset? Then keep it simple. Our destination: The Big Apple. So we just went street food and made hot dogs!
Soaking up culture at some of the city’s most famous museums and galleries was high on our list, too. Fortunately, many offer virtual tours and walkthroughs online. So we checked out The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art from the comfort of our couch! Google Arts & Culture had us taking a virtual stroll past nine of New York’s most amazing street art murals, too. And we just had to see the iconic NYC skyline. Google street view to the rescue: we got a 360 view from the top of Rockefeller Center without the lines! Search up landmarks and other must-sees in your desired destination, and enjoy the look around!
If your trip's just been postponed, take advantage of the extra planning time. Do your research: hunt down hidden gems and off the beaten track spots that tourists wouldn’t usually find. Hack: search Instagram with the hashtag or location tag of your destination. Pinterest is a great source for travel blog posts and area guides, too.