Do you need a break from your daily routine but don’t know what to do? We’ve got you covered with 20 self-care day trip ideas! Whether it’s an easy and relaxing walk on the beach or a more adventurous hike through the forest, we have something for everyone.
This blog post explores some of the best ways to take care of yourself so that you can come back refreshed and better able to face life head-on!
1. Take a hike
Hiking is one of the best ways to spend time alone with your thoughts and take in nature’s beauty. You can find trails all over, so it won’t be hard to discover somewhere new! Hike around your neighborhood or drive a few hours to your favorite lookout points. Regardless of the distance, you will leave feeling refreshed and recharged.
2. Book a spa treatment
There’s nothing better than a massage or facial to help you relax and unwind from the stress of daily life. Many spas offer packages that allow you to try multiple treatments at once, so take advantage! You will feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.
3. Go to the park
Everyone needs a picnic and some time to lounge in the sun! Pack your favorite snacks and drinks (maybe even a blanket if it’s not too hot out!) and head to the park for an afternoon. You can even pack some games to play with friends!
4. Go swimming
Drive to a natural pool, book time in an indoor pool, or head to a rooftop pool in a bougie hotel. Swimming is a great way to exercise and relax at the same time! Many pools have water aerobics classes or offer lap swim times, making it both social and relaxing.
5. Go to the beach
There’s nothing more peaceful than lying in the sun and letting your cares drift away as you listen to the waves crash against the shore. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
6. Visit a museum
If you’d rather explore the history and culture of your city/state/country, museums can be an amazing way to spend time. You’ll learn so much even though you might expect it to feel like school!
7. Visit a friend or family member
Take some time to visit a loved one and spend an afternoon together. Try out the new coffee shop in town or drive over to a nearby city to explore.
8. Take an art class
Consider taking some time to cultivate your creative side by attending a painting or pottery course. You’ll be surprised at how much you open yourself up to the world when you learn something new!
9. Head out on a photography tour for beginners
Capture the beauty of your surroundings and hone in on an art you might not have known about before. This popular pastime is surprisingly easy to get into!
10. Get a Mani/Pedi
Treat yourself to a massage and some time for self-care with a mani/pedi. It may not feel like you’re doing anything, but it will make a massive difference in how you show up to the world!
11. Go on a picnic
Picnics are great when you want to get out of the house but don’t feel like going too far from home! Pack up your favorite food, drinks, and blanket or chairs in order to have a fun afternoon.
12. Go to the mall and window shop
You don’t even have to buy anything if you don’t want to! Just walking through a new store can be an exciting experience, but it’s also lovely just to take some time away from home and see what everyone else is wearing (or not wearing!).
13. Visit a farmer’s market
Farmer’s markets are the best! You get to try out new foods and chat with local farmers. It can be a great way of getting fresh produce for your next meal, too.
14. Get a massage
A massage can be the perfect way to spend some time for yourself and relax your body. It’s often more affordable than you think, so why not treat yourself?
15. Go on a road trip
Road trips are fun any time of year! Pack up your car with snacks and drinks and head out into nature or to a new location you’ve always wanted to visit.
16. Visit an outdoor market
There’s nothing better than wandering through the stalls of unique items at your local food markets! Whether it’s handmade jewelry or furniture, you never know what treasures might cross your path!
17. Go on a wine tour around town
Wine tours are a great way to spend time with friends and learn more about your city/state/country. You’ll get to visit several different wineries or breweries in one day, which is perfect if you only have an afternoon free!
Take some time to exercise and work out your body. Head across town to the new trendy gym you’ve been hoping to try. You’ll feel great afterward!
19. Go to the library
Libraries are great for more than just checking out books. You can also use it as a quiet place for you to do some reading or writing. You’ll have time to yourself and a great place to relax!
20. Watch a movie at the theater
Sometimes it’s good to go out and spend time with people, even if you’re just doing something low-key like seeing a new movie. You’ll enjoy the time out and get to transport yourself somewhere else for a little while.
Now go ahead and plan your next day of self-care. Use this list as a starting point for ideas you might not have thought of before. You deserve it!
What are some other ways you practice self-care?