5 ways to have the best staycation this summer

Spending your break at home doesn’t mean it can’t be as fun as a week in the sun. Our clever ideas will get those holiday vibes flowing in no time
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1. Take a musical break

Staycation = time for self-care, so sneak away from everyone else and immerse yourself in a meditative musical journey – a class costs £15 per person, and can be booked through Airbnb Online Experiences. It begins with a short, guided meditation, followed by soothing soundscapes from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Coming to you direct from a grand piano in Paris, set the scene with an elegant scented candle, such as Cowshed Relax Calming Room Candle*, and let the music take you away…

2. Hire a private chef – with a twist!

One of the best things about a holibobs? Eating out and enjoying amazing food! Enter a new app, APT At-Home, which allows you to book a socially distanced dining experience with some of London’s best chefs, who will cook for you and your guests (2-10 people ‘bubble’) in a swanky Town Hall Hotel apartment in London. Watch this space for offerings in other cities.

3. Explore a whole new world

Travel the globe without even going near an airport! Always dreamed about going on a safari adventure in South Africa, but a bit out of your budget? Bringing the wilderness to you, luxury safari hotel group &Beyond are real-time streaming their personalised game drives twice a day. Keep your eyes peeled for the beautiful Big Five (elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards)!

4. Enjoy a letter-themed day

Wear your sequin skirt, eat sausage sarnies, play ‘snap’, and start up a singalong. Or, conjure up a chocolate cake, get crafting, visit the cinema or go camping. You get the idea – part of the fun is the planning, as it encourages kids to get creative. Just don’t pick ‘X’ or ‘Z’.

5. Embrace your inner tourist...

… and act like you’re on ‘holiday’ in your own area. Ditch the car, dust off your bike – or hire one – and be prepared to get a little lost. If you’re a city dweller, download the Bike Citizens Cycling app, which has all the intel on the best routes. It can help smooth the way by pointing out tricky obstacles such as cobblestones and unpaved roads, and you can choose a leisurely or fast-paced ride. And don’t forget water, Soltan Mini Protect & Moisturise Suncare Spray SPF30 (75ml), a face covering and a yummy packed lunch!


*Never leave a burning candle unattended.