4 Staycation ideas that feel like vacation

I admit, I’m feeling a little vacation envy.  A friend is posting pictures from Prague and it’s one of my favorite cities.  Even though the kids and I aren’t on a worldwide (or even state-side) tour, doesn’t mean were stuck with nothing to do. Whether you’d plan your vacation around culture, adventure, food, or relaxation, here are great “getaways” without having to pack a suitcase.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden

Most public libraries offer a Museum Adventure Pass with free, or hugely discounted, passes to various museums, gardens, and zoos.

It’s a great way to check out somewhere new (train enthusiasts will love the Illinois Railway Museum), or visit an old favorite (Brookfield Zoo anyone?).

http://ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/geocaching-101/Load up the bikes and head out to a new (to you) forest preserve.

Test your treasure hunting skills and take the whole family geocaching. It’s like a world-wide treasure hunt; there are over 400 hidden items within a two-mile radius of my house!

imageLooking forward to catching up on a little R&R? Sure, a 5-star spa would be lovely, but not always feasible. Close the door on the laundry room and create your own relaxation oasis at home.

Start the day with a pitcher of water infused with cucumber, strawberries, or your favorite fruit.

vaporizorSpray a little “Zen” aromatherapy mist, or turn any room into a retreat with the Aroma Vaporizor and your favorite essential oil.

What’s a spa visit without a mani/pedi? SpaRitual mini-mani set has everything you need for creating beautiful nails: toxic-free and vegan.

http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2013/06/07/summer-backyard-wedding-dinner-party-inspiration/How does a week in Tuscany learning the art of Italian cooking sound? Fabulous, right? Ok, maybe it’s not Italy, but you can still spend an afternoon making homemade pasta, practicing cake decorating, or creating tamales from scratch- or whichever cooking technique you’ve wanted to try.

Show off your new skills with an informal gathering with friends. Gorgeous, and sustainable, mango wood serving pieces are perfect for showcasing your latest creations.  No passport required!

Outdoor Dinner Photo Credit: 100 Layer Cake
Geocaching Photo Credit: East Bay Mini Maker Faire


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