The New Staycation: How to Have a Summer Holiday at Home


    While we’re holding out for a restriction-free summer and international travel is back on the cards, for many, a UK holiday still appeals. Here’s how to have a holiday at home with the kids this summer.

    As we continue to adjust to the ‘new normal’, we’ve started to look ahead to the summer holidays. With ‘UK family holidays’ seeing an increase in searches by +175% in the last 12 months in research by comparethemarket, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to planning the perfect holiday at home this summer.

    How to Have a Summer Holiday at Home

    It’s time to take note and get creative, so you can still enjoy a well-deserved break or mini-adventure with the kids this summer.  Here are some quick-fire tips to make sure you get your holiday fix at home.

    • Block out a specific week in your calendar to have your ‘holiday at home’
    • Use your annual leave and book time off work
    • Set up a holiday-space at home
    • Decorate that space with
    • Indulge in your favourite holiday luxuries at home
    • Create a kids club or a parent-zone for some of that much needed time away from the kids

    Read on for more details on how to spend a summer holiday at home with the kids…


    Book in your holiday at home

    Just because you don’t have a flight to catch doesn’t mean that you don’t have a schedule to keep. If you’re vague about when you will take this time to relax, your body won’t be able to fully switch off, so you need to pencil it in.

    If you’re working from home, book that time off and make it official. If you aren’t, write down the dates in your diary and make sure that you stick to it. That way, in the days leading up to your time off, your body will prepare to shut down and you’ll be excited for the relaxation ahead.

    Keep the kids involved

    Make sure that you tell your little ones that they’re having a holiday too! Not only will it get them excited for a change of routine, but it will give them time to think of things that they are looking forward to doing, whether that’s drawing, paintings, or crafts. The longer you can keep them busy and having fun, the more time you’ll have to unwind.

    Set up a ‘holiday’ space at home

    One of the main reasons we crave trips abroad is to get a change of scenery – why not freshen up your own home by injecting it with a bit of exotic energy? If you’ve got some time on your hands, order a copy of Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ and apply her wisdom into transforming your home into a relaxing and tranquil escape.

    Make tidying up into a game for your little ones, and get the whole family involved in de-cluttering your home. Once the space is clear, you can quickly create a wonderful play area for your children to enjoy, while you get to enjoy your own space for relaxation.

    Bring the outside, in!

    It’s the little things that make the difference, especially when you’re on holiday. The sway of the palm trees, the smell of the sea, and sun on your face… You can still experience all of these lovely things during your holiday at home. If you’re missing the outdoors, use Bloombox to order a houseplant that will brighten up your space. For ultimate relaxation, opt for a Peace Lily, English Ivy, or Aloe Vera, as it will cleanse the air and keep you grounded.

    Next, choose your summer scent. From ‘ocean tide’ to ‘spa escape’, you’ll find that The White Company have a range of diffusers to make your home smell like complete serenity.

    Indulge in holiday luxuries & create a home-spa

    No holiday would be complete without a trip to the spa. Fortunately, you can do exactly this without even leaving your home. To recreate the spa experience, treat yourself to a luxurious robe and slippers, and deck your bathroom out with all of the candles, oils, creams, and masks that you need to feel like you’ve had that five-star experience. If you’re holidaying from home with a partner, grab some massage oil and learn how to perform a relaxing massage on each other.

    If you’re missing that holiday glow, don’t worry! That’s what, facials, serums, and fake tan is for. Our friends at Wedding Ideas have plenty of DIY beauty treatments that will make everyone think that you’ve just got back from the Caribbean.

    Select a cuisine and make a holiday menu for your meals

    When in Rome, eat as the Romans do. When at home, eat however you want! The best part about having a holiday from home is that your options are endless. Hit up your local delicatessen and try a different cuisine every night. If you love cooking, get your little ones involved by experimenting with an at-home sushi kit, a pasta maker, or a gelato mixer.


    If you’re taking a break from cooking, then treat yourself to some indulgent takeaways from around the world. With Uber Eats on your side, you’ll be amazed at the international cuisine that sits on your doorstep.

    And don’t forget happy hour! Remember, you’re on holiday, so stock up the bar and check out Wedding Ideas’ most delicious DIY cocktail recipes from around the world for you to sip on while you relax.

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