Budget-Friendly Staycation Perks

COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into many individuals' plans this year, and countless vacations have had to be canceled. Breaking plans is heartbreaking when you’ve been waiting for a break from your job or to reconnect with dear friends and family.

Unfortunately, with 2020 not being the year we'd all had in mind, we’ve to make do with what we can. While most circumstances this year have been less than ideal, there are some small perks we can capitalize on to grant ourselves the rest we need and breaks we deserve.

Read on for our tips on how to maximize your vacation time and budget without going out of town — or anywhere for that matter.

How To Escape Without Escaping At All

If you've ever returned home from a trip feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation, you know the feeling of needing a break before going back to work on Monday morning.

Sometimes a simple budget-friendly staycation is exactly what we need. We've compiled a few tricks to de-stress without breaking the bank and staying safe at home.

Spa Day At Home

Burnout is real and sometimes, we all need a break. Self-care is critical in stressful times, and while it may sound like a luxury, it's a necessity.

You may not be able to go get a massage on a beautiful exotic beach, but you can still indulge in a little retail therapy. Treat yourself to some well-deserved pedicure essentials, face masks, or even new bath towels if your heart desires. Most of us are on a budget these days, and a quick search online for Bed Bath and Beyond promo codes or similar can help you score goodies while keeping your budget in check.

Movie Marathon

When was the last time you let yourself veg out, unwind, and turn your brain off? If it's been a while, it's time to mark your calendar, pick a few movies, and let yourself relax on the couch.

Whether it's one film or five, we won't judge. If movie marathons include popcorn and take out, so be it. You're not able to go to the theatre, so you've got to bring the experience to your living room instead. Remember, you’re not spending money on tickets, so perhaps indulge in a pizza instead.

Support Your Local... Kitchen

Most of us miss going out to dinner, indulging in delicious food, and spending time with our loved ones across a beautiful meal. Funds are tight for many of us these days, and countless restaurants don't offer indoor seating right now. Have a quick look online and see if you can find coupons online for free delivery or happy hour food prices.

Make a point to dress up and treat the night like any normal special occasion, rather than merely ordering in for just another meal. Set the table, light some candles, put some flowers in a vase for an unforgettable night — at a fraction of the price.

Cocktail Lounge

If you miss sitting at a bartop, you're not alone — it's an indulgence many of us took for granted pre-pandemic. Sipping a drink while chatting with a bartender or patron in the seat next to you (Gasp! So close!) may or may not be a thing of the past, but there are elements of this experience we can still enjoy.

 Find a favorite liquor on sale and look up a cocktail recipe online. Don't skimp on the ingredients — garnishes are part of what makes a cocktail look and feel special. Studies suggest the way something looks can enhance how it tastes. A simple lime wedge or mint sprig can turn an average drink into an indulgent luxury at a fraction of what you’d pay for it at an establishment.

 2020 has been full of curveballs, and canceled plans are just one of the casualties. We all deserve a break from this chaotic year. Whether it's treating yourself to a couch facial or a vacation rental, don't skimp on yourself just because you can't go far. Check out Life is Good in Los Angeles’ affordable rates and call (888) 757-1926 to book.