Relaxing on a beach or lounging around a crackling campfire—these are just a few things that most people think of when talking about vacation. If you haven’t booked a holiday vacation for this year, don’t fret or be afraid of missing out. You can actually indulge in some leisure right in your own backyard. 

This article shares wonderful ideas on how to transform your backyard and create the feeling of a memorable weekend getaway without leaving your home. 

  1. Declutter And Refresh Your Backyard

First off, you want to make your backyard a place you want to escape to rather than get away from. This means going back to the basics and cleaning it up.

Start clearing out debris and leaves, trimming overgrown plants, and plucking out weeds to give your yard an instant refresh. Then, start decluttering by removing anything you no longer want, from damaged patio furniture to unused pots. Consider replacing items that look outdated like old garden ornaments. 

Once your backyard is tidy and organized, decorating and adding the necessary features will be easier.

  1. Add A Hot Tub

Relax and rejuvenate your body and well-being by creating a space of healthy indulgence in your yard. Adding a hot tub can instantly give the space vacation vibes. If you’re on a budget, there are numerous inflatable hot tubs available that can comfortably fit up to four adults. If you’re looking for a more permanent and opulent feel, there are numerous luxury spa baths for sale out there. 

Adding a hot tub allows you to enjoy a spa-like experience from the comforts of your home. It also comes with numerous benefits, including pain relief and improved mood. 

  1. Let There Be Light

One of the best ways to create a luxe resort vibe at home is by adding ambiance lighting. Outdoor lighting can quickly transform your yard into a magical landscape while creating a relaxing mood at night. 

You can try adding oversized lanterns and draping string lights across your space to create an enchanting atmosphere. You might want to illuminate walkways with LED torches or pathway lights. You can effortlessly take your yard from day to night by opting for solar lights that automatically turn on as the sun sets. 

If you have mason jars, get inexpensive fairy lights and turn them into rustic centerpieces that look amazingly nestled in garden beds or on tabletops. 

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  1. Invest In A Fire Pit

From cozy weekends getaway to camping trips, the sound of crackling fires can evoke feelings of fondest holiday vacation memories. Relive those much-loved moments and make new memories by setting up a fire pit in your own backyard.

Investing in a fire pit in your backyard allows you to extend your time outdoors, especially in areas with cold climates. What’s more, installing one can enhance the aesthetic of your garden. 

  1. Al Fresco Dining Space

Food is arguably the best part of having a vacation. And you can indulge in food in your yard by adding outdoor kitchen and dining areas. Channel a restaurant-inspired yard by setting up a dedicated cooking area paired with an elegant outdoor dining table and chairs. If you have the budget, you can also add an outdoor bar for late-night drinks.

An outdoor kitchen gives you more opportunity to cook and dine outdoors, regardless of the season. It’s perfect for creating a comfortable and fully functional space where you can entertain guests and socialize all year round. 

  1. Add Comfortable Seating (And A Hammock)

There’s no such thing as taking a vacation without comfortable, perhaps luxurious, seating. Having ultra-comfortable seating outdoors where you can really stretch out and lounge around allows you to take full advantage of your yard haven. 

You might want to go for a reclining lounger to work on your tan or an intimate bench tucked away in the shade. You can also get a daybed covered in plush cushions to provide the utmost comfort while reading your favorite book. 

If there’s anything that screams ‘vacation,’ it’s a hammock. Just the sight of this swinging seat can get you into holiday mode. Consider getting one, whether a cheap rope hammock or a bohemian woven hammock, and hang it between two mature trees for a lounging space that lulls you to sleep. 

  1. Install A Water Feature

The soothing sound of running water can instantly transform your outdoor space into a relaxing retreat. In suburban and urban environments, a water feature can mask traffic noise or the hum of air conditioners around your property. If reducing noise is a priority, you can choose a fountain that has a splash or fall as part of its design. 

Not only can it help in noise reduction, but it also elevates the aesthetic of your yard and invite birds and other wildlife into your property. 


As you can see, with a few design moves, you can transform your backyard into a vacation-worthy oasis. Take cues from the above-mentioned tips to create a restorative and relaxing space at your own turf and have fun vacation vibes not only this holiday season but for the rest of the year and the next.

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