Get Out & Explore! This Weekend Lounge, Relax and Retreat

Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

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Today's trip-sparking inspiration assignment won't take a lot of energy — in fact it'll be about spending as little energy as possible! Today, we encourage you to find a place that can be a restful spot for lounging and recharging. Smaller than a staycation, this exploring idea is perfect when you don't have a lot of time but still want to fit in some relaxing.

You know how you come back from vacation and traveling — even just short trips — feeling completely rested and ready to take over the world (or maybe just go back to work with a good attitude)? You don't have to buy a plane ticket to capture this feeling; today, spend some time seeing if there's a place in your city or town that can be a tiny little lounge-y retreat you can escape whenever you need a break from your hectic life but don't have the time or money to take a "proper" trip.

You're looking for a spot that will host an activity that's relaxing to you — whether that's reading a book in a quiet spot or snoozing in the sun next to a margarita. So first, know what you consider relaxing! Second, look for a spot that's got some good decor — an atmosphere that will transport you for an afternoon to another place so you feel like you've just been on a trip after you leave. Getting in the habit of taking these tiny staycation breaks will prevent burn out and stoke your creative juices. Not to mention be a summer-y blast.

When you do discover this perfect spot — perhaps sipping fruity drinks at the bar of a hip hotel, really inhabit the role. Flaunt that caftan and a pair of sunglasses if you're by a pool. Treat yourself to a new novel (or a new-to-you borrowed one from the library) even if you're just reading in your backyard hammock.

Some ideas:
A local park, a friend's backyard hammock, a (welcoming) hotel's pool, a hookah lounge with super comfy seating. Add your ideas in the comments below!

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(Image credits: Dar Beida via Design Tripper ; Janel Laban)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.