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If the term “staycation” makes you think of boring afternoons on the sofa with nothing to amuse you but snacks and Netflix, these ideas might help you see staying home in a whole new light. Best of all, you can use the money you saved on airfare and other costs to create an extra luxurious experience.

Tour Your Own City

Many people neglect to venture out into their own cities – but why not visit what tourists would come to see? Check out Gilbert’s best bars and restaurants, spend quiet time at the riparian preserve at Water Ranch, or visit the locally-owned shops and galleries.

Invest in Your Hobbies

In our modern world, it’s all too easy to get swept away by our daily obligations, never really carving out time for the little things that bring fun into our lives. Consider spending your vacation budget on your favorite hobby – upgrade your camera, buy new graphic design software, get that luxury knife set, or buy all new art supplies. And don’t stop there. Take your hobby to the next level by investing in online courses. You can find dozens on CreativeLive, Coursera, and Udemy – all classes you can take from home while enjoying your staycation.

Create a High-End Spa Day

When was the last time you pampered yourself? An at-home spa day might be just what you need. With a little pre-planning, you can purchase everything you’ll need, from a high-end bathrobe to upscale beauty treatments. You can even splurge on all the items you would need to make your own treatments (like this cocoa powder-based edible mud mask). And don’t forget to buy yourself some spa-worthy treats: takeout sushi, kale salad, or veggie wraps.

Beautify Your Space

Do you have a corner or little nook that you don’t quite know what to do with? How about spending a day creating that quiet haven that you’ve always wanted? Purchase a decadent, overstuffed chair, a luxurious blanket, and some accessories like floating shelves and antique picture frames to finish it off. You can also try creating a fancy hotel vibe in your home with these tips.

So kick back in your place and enjoy yourself! For more fun activities to do at or around Vistara during your staycation, head over to our blog.