Family-Friendly Staycation and Holistay Options

As the pandemic continues, we're all missing the things that made travel so appealing, including sharing new experiences with loved ones. The following sites can help you explore staycation options with ease.

Fall Staycations

Although some of us resumed traveling this summer, for others the thought of boarding a crowded airplane amid a pandemic remains daunting. We're all missing the things that made travel so appealing: relaxation, learning new things, sharing new experiences with loved ones. Navigating the new leisure landscape is made a little easier with the idea of the staycation. Also known as the holistay, this allows us to have the illusion of a holiday without really leaving our comfort perimeter. The following sites can help you explore your options with ease. And, just as you would if leaving your home area, check your nearby destination's Covid safety requirements before going.


Daycation works much the same way but with venues available globally, it enables you to experience resorts other than the one where you may be staying. If you happen to be in hunkering down in Aruba and wish for a change of scene, book a Daycation at the Eagle Aruba Casino and Resort for $20 a day plus a beach towel deposit of $25. Not only does this pass allow for use of the pool and beach, but you may also use the casino and receive a free $10 match play coupon.

HolistaysResortPass is a booking platform that allows you to arrange day passes for all sorts of venues, such as spas, gyms, and resort cabanas. Many locations are participating, from The Ritz Carlton in Bal Harbour, Miami (day passes beginning at $100 per adult for the basic package) to the Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix Arizona ($40 per day which allows access to the outdoor pool, jacuzzi, and poolside food and drink service). ResortPass also has an app for Apple users to book on your smartphone.

Looking for a unique experience and the chance to learn and grow without having to travel far or at all? Airbnb Experience is a good place to start. Wishing you could travel to Tuscany for a chance to take a course in pasta making? Starting at $34 per person, Italian grandmothers will tutor you online and make those dreams come true. Or maybe some armchair travel is what you need for a refresh? For only $12 you could be exploring Jaipur, the royal city of India from the comfort of your favorite chair. The site also offers in-person experiences. Simply type in your location and choose the date to see what might appeal.

Still unsure of where to start? Trip Savvy could be your answer. The site has put together the best Staycations for all 50 states. With recommendations on where to eat and what not to miss—including a nice mix of fun and history—you won't have any FOMO. Consider a short journey to a neighboring state. Who knows what riches you may find across a nearby border?

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