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Family travel five: Virtual vacations at home

Lynn O'Rourke Hayes, on

Published in Parenting News

At home with the kids? If we can't travel to a favorite hotel, resort, restaurant or ranch, we can always pretend. Here are five ways to create a virtual vacation in your own home.

1. Go Camping

Whether you set up a tent in the backyard or the bedroom, with a little imagination you can enjoy all the fun of a real camping trip without spending travel time! Create a campfire using flashlights under a towel or thin blanket. Listen to the sounds of your own backyard or create an alternate sound track featuring birds, waterfalls, streams or trees rustling via a music or meditation app. Tell stories around your campfire, sample s'mores, sing songs and plan for your next adventure.

Pro tip: REI offers advice for introducing kids to the outdoors through camping in your own yard and beyond.

2. Enjoy a Spa Day. (Or Week)

Channel the services of a famous resort spa and pamper yourselves at home. Give family members the chance to reserve a manicure, masque, foot or head massage, a salt or sugar scrub, a relaxing soak or whichever services your creative minds concoct. Craft a soothing play list via your favorite music app, gather candles and supplies from your own beauty stash, your kitchen and you're good to go!


Pro tips:

The Arawak Spa, at Belmond Cap Juluca on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, recommends a detoxifying soak to ease the tension of these stressful times.

Arawak Salt Soak



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