Staycation: Backyard Camping

photo-1414016642750-7fdd78dc33d9Do you feel like you are unable to get away for a much-needed vacation?

I was recently inspired by an article I read in a magazine while in the waiting room of my doctor’s office about the topic of micro-vacations.

You know how you feel when you return from a trip away?

You feel inspired, restored, and your mood is improved. Breaking from the routine actually encourages the production of the neurotransmitter dopamine so that we feel energized. That’s why a weekend getaway can do wonders for a person, while even a day trip can induce the same feelings that we gain from our travels on a smaller scale. Micro-vacations are escapes away from the regular routine of life, even if it is just for a short period of time.

Here’s an idea:

Try camping in your own backyard. 


  • Pitch a tent in your own backyard.
  • Make some hot chocolate.
  • Roll out the sleeping bag.
  • Watch this fireplace video on your tablet.
  • Microwave some s’mores. (Here`s a recipe!)
  • Tell some ghost stories.
  • Breathe in the fresh air.
  • Spend time gazing up at the stars.

Backyard camping is something you could do any night of the week. After a night out of doors, you`ll be one happy camper.

What sort of micro-vacations have you taken? Give us some suggestions in the comment section.





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