Looking to get away from it all but don’t have the time or budget for a long-haul vacation? A staycation could be the answer. You can find amazing vacation rentals close to home that give you all the space, privacy, and relaxation you crave, without the hassle of flights or long road trips with the kids. Whether you’re planning to travel with family, heading on a couples’ retreat, or topping up on a little me time to relax and recharge from the comfort of your vacation rental, find staycation inspiration to help you stay close, and feel far.

Make the most of a staycation

Think staycations aren’t for you? Think again. They’re the perfect quick-trip solution for escaping the daily grind, or for catching up on lost time with the family away from the distractions of home. Get the most out of your experience with these top staycation ideas.

Staycation ideas for families

A vacation rental is the perfect place for catching up with the kids, reconnecting as a family, and spending quality time making memories together. No family is the same, which is why you’ll find vacation homes as unique and diverse as you are, from cabins and treehouses, to fairy-tale themed apartments, beach houses and beyond, so seek out a vacation rental that suits your style. A vacation home is the perfect place to keep the whole family entertained. Bring everyone together for a movie night, pizza-making contest, board-game bonanza, or family talent show, for an unforgettable family stay.

Romantic staycation ideas

Is there anything more romantic than bunking up with your loved one away from the world? Head to a private secluded space surrounded by stunning scenery and little else, for a romantic getaway like no other. Enjoy romantic dinners, movie marathons, and in-home spa treatments, from the cozy comfort of your home from home.

Solo staycations

Need some me time? Forget about the day-to-day and retreat to the sanctuary of a solo staycation. Find a little headspace to begin writing that book, starting that new business venture, or meditating your way to great mental health. Or simply lounge the day away in your pyjamas, glass of wine in hand, while binge-watch your favorite boxset — we won’t judge! You’ll find plenty of one-person vacation homes, many with soul-soothing hot tubs, cozy fireplaces, or stunning views — bliss!

Things to do on a staycation

Whether you’re looking for activities to keep the kids entertained or want to cozy up at a couples’ retreat, there's a lot to do on a staycation to make it a memorable experience. Take a look at some of the fun and affordable possibilities to make the most of your trip.

Host a cooking session

If one of your favorite things to do in a new city is to try out the local cuisine, turn your staycation into a culinary adventure. Seek out fresh local produce, tap up the locals or search online for regional recipes, and be brave experimenting with ingredients you've never used before. Vacation rentals often come with a full kitchen stocked with all the appliances, cookware, dinnerware, and utensils you’ll need to cook up a feast for the family, and it’s a great way to involve everyone from the grandparents to the kids.

Enjoy a spa day

Vacations are all about relaxation, so why not pamper yourself and your family on your staycation retreat. The best bit? You don’t even need to leave the house. Arrange for local beauty therapists to visit you in your vacation home for everything from massages to manicures the whole family can enjoy.

Camp in the backyard

Enjoy all the excitement of a camping trip without compromising on those all-important creature comforts. Stargazing, s’mores, and spooky ghost stories around the fire pit are much more fun when you can slip into a hot bath and comfy sheets come bedtime back in the warmth of your vacation home.