The expat lifestyle may be fabulous and exciting, but let’s face it, the expat schedule can be a very busy and most expats don’t really have the time to take a nice long vacation somewhere far away; some don’t even have the time to visit home. We are expats already living abroad, so exploring the nearby territories or finding something new to do within the city for a few days off shouldn’t be so hard. There are many things you can do for a staycation than just check-in to a nice hotel and have a pretend vacation. Here are 7 exciting staycation ideas you can do as an expat abroad.
Photo: Henar Lanchas
Geocaching is a real outdoor treasure hunt game played by using GPS-enabled devices. All you have to do is register, enter your postal code and search for the nearest Geocaching area. If Geocaching is not available anywhere near your host country, you can make up your own scavenger or treasure hunt with your family. Take some time to create your own adventure around the city and discover new things through fun activities like this.
Another fun bonding idea for you and your family or you and your friends is a nice camping trip. It doesn’t have to be far, it doesn’t have to be in the wild… actually, you don’t even need to leave your own yard. If you have a garden, just pitch a tent outside and set up your TV or prepare some games, make a small bonfire and prepare camp snacks like s‘mores and hotdogs. Camping is a nice activity you can do with just a small open space, yet gives such a cool “out in the wild” feeling.
Be a Tourist
As an expat, you’re mostly seen as a tourist in your host country, so why not be one again! If there are any places in the city or around your host city’s vicinity, go ahead and visit them. Or find a new way to see the sights like biking around the city or taking a boat trip. If you’ve gone to all the tourist destinations before, just try doing it again with a tourist mindset and not just a tour guide for your visiting relatives and friends. You might be surprised with the how much of a good time you can still have over things you think you have already experienced.
Go on a gastronomy tour on the most famous restaurants or the most famous food in your host country. Find the best places for cuisine and culture, whether it’s a big fancy 5 star restaurant, or a fantastic local hole in the wall. Find the best local foods and try cuisines and dishes that you’ve never been able to try before. This is a very good way to get to know your host country more and having a sense of treat and adventure without venturing out too far.
Gym and Spa Weekends
Photo: Tara Angkor Hotel
A health and wellness trip is a trip to your local gym and spa. If in your host country you have a special type of gym and spa available like the “onsen” in Japan, for example—go ahead and try that. If your host country has special cultural touches to the regular gym and spa trips, it’s always good to try something new. This type of trip can be the most relaxing and rewarding type of staycation. Even if you don’t go out of the city at all, after a good massage after a workout, you may find this more relaxing than actually going on a trip somewhere far.
Take a Class
Fill your time with learning. Take a class about something that interests you, maybe something that you never had the time for; like a cooking class, a painting class, a music class or a dance class. You don’t have to be good at it, experiencing something new might put things into perspective. Who knows, you might end up finding a new passion in life.
Local Road Trip
Photo: Santiago La Rotta
Have a local road trip into towns that you’ve never explored before, or go an hour outside your city to see what else is out there in your version of “unexplored territories” in your host country. Sometimes the best memories are made from the journey, not the destination, so even if you don’t have a new place to go, it’s always a good thing to take a drive and spend some quality time with your loved ones.
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