There you are: sitting on your couch, clad in pajamas, flicking through your Instagram feed full of beachy, margarita-fueled images while a marathon of “Say Yes to the Dress” flickers comfortingly in the background.
You are the spring breaker left behind.
I’ve been this girl a few times, and I’m here to let you know, there is life on the other side. While you may feel like the only undergrad in the world who’s not getting her hair braided on the beaches of Mexico, there’s actually a whole legion of us—the left behind—and we’re in this together. Okay?
Okay, good. Now, here’s how to make this spring break staycation so awesome you won’t even envy those pesky poolside photos…
- Pamper Yourself
Nothing sets the vacation mood faster than a relaxing at-home spa day. Dim the lights, light some candles, break out your fluffiest bathrobe, turn on your favorite mellow playlist and let the zen begin. Start with a long bath—or steamy shower—then follow up with a facemask to boost your complexion. If you’re looking for a DIY recipe to try, check out our recipes for a Strawberry Rose and Bananas & Cream or Avocado Face Mask. Follow up with a pretty spring manicure (here’s a great guide to mastering the at-home mani) and you’ll be feeling fresh and gorgeous in minutes.
- Sip Something Fun
Let’s be honest—whether you’re in Las Vegas, Miami, or any spring break destination in between, one of the best parts of the festivities is the fun party cocktails. If you feel like you’re missing out on the festive sips, why not recreate your cocktail of choice at home? Invite a pal over (or don’t, because alone time rules), break out your best glassware and try a new recipe, like Lauren’s Infused Lemonade, Homemade Coconut Horchata or Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca.
- Check Out
It’s not often that a girl is given permission to totally disconnect from the obligations and stress of everyday life, so take this as an opportunity to get offline and get inspired. Often times, when you give your brain a little room to breathe, the best ideas will float to the surface. Case in point—have you ever noticed how your most amazing ideas come to you when you’re in the shower or tuning out on the freeway? It’s because you’ve given yourself space to think without distraction, which is a hard thing to do when your iPhone is glued to your palm. Reset your energy and make time for a long stroll, a nap outdoors, a trip to your local museum or anything else that quiets, focuses, and inspires your mind.
- Fake a Glow
Let’s be real: It may be annoying when your pals come back from their tropical cruise with perfectly sunkissed skin. Since you’re wise enough to refrain from actually tanning your precious epidermis, why not fake your glow like a pro? I’m a longtime fan of Kate Somerville’s Tanning Towelettes, which are super easy to use and always produce a natural looking glow.An insider tip to remember: Once you’ve applied your tanner all over, lather a light layer of lotion around your wrists, ankles, elbows, the backs of your knees and underarms. This dilutes the color slightly in these areas that naturally appear lighter on your body, making your tan look more natural.
- Do Something Outside Your Comfort Zone
One of the best parts about vacation is the sense of excitement you get from being somewhere totally unknown. Recreate this sensation by challenging yourself to do at least one thing outside of your comfort zone during your staycation. Whether that’s taking your first Zumba class, trying a new type of cuisine, or going to the movies alone for the first time, doing something novel is a great way to feel like you’ve had a robust vacation. Plus, it gives you a great story to tell when you’re inevitably asked, “What did you do over break?”
Have you ever enjoyed a staycation before? How did you make the most of it?
Share your tips below!