Summer and vacation. They go together. As soon as the days get longer and the rays grow stronger, everyone starts talking about the vacay they’ve planned with their current lover. But jetting off to an exotic locale means itineraries and hotel reservations and airport sprints. If the idea of a lovers’ getaway makes you anxious rather than relaxed (or if you’re feeling particularly spontaneous), read on for tips on how to plan a sexy staycation right at home.
Prepare to Disappear
Pretend you’re actually skipping town. Take your vacation time. Tell everyone you’ll be gone for a week. Set an out-of-office auto-response for your email.
Lay-In Staycation Supplies
You don’t want to have to leave your love nest for toothpaste or because you’re out of milk, so do your shopping with an eye toward staying in.
Here is a sample shopping list for an island-themed sexy staycation. Feel free to customize it to your specifications.
- A selection of fresh tropical fruit: mango, papaya, kiwi, pineapple, guava
- Fresh berries: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
- Salad greens and a selection of salad veggies: cucumbers, carrots, cabbage, tomatoes
- Raw veggies for dipping: baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower and broccoli florets
- Fresh chili peppers: jalapenos, serranos
- Kalamata olives
- Fish fillets, ideally frozen
- Salad dressing with sesame oil
- A selection of soft drinks: seltzer, fruit juice, herbal tea
- Coffee and/or tea
- Champagne, white wine, and the liquor and mixers required to make your selected sexy cocktails
- Sourdough bread and butter
- Toasted pumpkin or sesame seeds
- Slivered almonds
- Feta cheese
- Corn tortillas
- Black beans
- Tomato soup
- Hummus or tzatziki
Other essentials to purchase or pack:
- Sexy tunes: bossa nova, reggae, whatever puts you in the mood
- Cocktail umbrellas for your bevvies
- Flower leis
- Resort wear: swimwear, beachwear, cabana wear
- Sexy sleepwear or lingerie
- Candles, ideally with a tropical scent
- Massage oil (coconut works well)
- Sex toys, erotica and anything else you like to play with
Do Your Prep
Do as much of your shopping ahead of time as possible, but buy the fish and veggies on the day your staycation starts. Make a big batch of quinoa salad with cucumber chunks, olives and feta, so that you have it ready to eat. Or buy it pre-made. Cut your zucchini into spears, put the rice on for dinner and cut up your salad veggies so they’re ready to use. While you’re wielding the knife, cut up the tropical fruit and dipping vegetables so they’re ready to serve. Now you can make it through most of the weekend just heating soup, frying tortillas, and cutting up avocados, limes and chili peppers for garnish.
Your Staycation Itinerary
Here is a schedule for a three-day staycation. It’s the ideal amount of time to hole up with a lover without getting cabin fever.
6pm: Arrive. Crank the sultry tunes, lei each other and enjoy your cocktail hour. If you’re adventurous, this is the perfect time to learn to make a Mai Tai. Margaritas are also a good vacation sipper. But whatever you’re mixing, don’t forget the little umbrella. Nothing helps you relax like a drink with a little umbrella in it.
Grilled zucchini with fresh grilled chili peppers
Grilled fish on a bed of quinoa or rice with slivered almonds
If you have access to an outdoor grill, that’s a delightful way to prepare your fish. Otherwise, broil it in the oven. Fish is good sexy vacation food because it’s light, protein-packed island fare. It makes you think about sandy beaches, fuels you for a night of passion and won’t weigh you down. Feel free to substitute chicken or tofu if fish isn’t your thing. And while prepping food together is a sexy tradition, there’s also a lot to be said for ordering out.
After dinner, slip into your sensual sleepwear. A negligee or silky pair of boxers packs a sexy honeymoon vibe, as does a bottle of champagne chilling by the bed and some rose petals scattered over the bedding. Or perhaps tiki torches and masks are more your thing. Whatever your taste in decor and mood, do something special for your first night of staycation. It makes it so delightful to wake up together.
Your challenge is to see how long you can enjoy staying in bed and how little you can accomplish. Do get up to make a simple breakfast together. Your pre-cut tropical fruit, some granola sprinkled over yogurt and coffee, tea, or mimosas. Eat in bed. Leave the dishes.
This is a good day to play in bed. Play a game of Truth or Dare. Try a role-playing scenario. Experiment with bondage or spanking. Read erotica to each other. Try a new sex toy. Doing something new together creates heat between you. Stop for lunch when you’re both hungry. Bean tostadas are yummy. Fuel up with veggies and hummus if you need a snack. Your only agenda today is to touch each other and find new ways of feeling good.
Today’s a good day to get out of the house, but do your best to stay under the radar. Fuel up with an egg and toast breakfast. Then, if there’s a beach, park, or hiking trail just a little outside your neighborhood, go grab some outdoor time. Otherwise, hit a multiplex in sunglasses and baseball caps and enjoy an incognito matinee.
Once you’ve returned, take a shower or bath together and trade massages. Or go all out and book a couples massage in your living room. Eat dinner in your robes.
A weekend at home is a lovely way to bond with a new love or reconnect with an old one. And it’ll send you into the office on Monday with a smile, if not a tan. If anyone asks to see pictures, just tell them you didn’t leave the room much.