Before she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was an actress and the blogger behind The Tig, a lifestyle website that covered everything from fashion to travel to food. Sadly, The Tig shuttered in the run-up to Meghan’s royal wedding, but much of it lives on, preserved in the Internet Archive—including one particularly prescient article, which details the Duchess’s guide to enjoying a vacation at home. Amid the pandemic, her advice is particularly useful, particularly for those who are sad they won’t be spending the holidays as they usually would.
Below, how to do a staycation right, according to the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan stresses the importance of disconnecting, and it’s no wonder why: getting constant pings from coworkers is not a recipe for relaxation. Instead, make a point to turn off your devices (yes, all of them). Writes Meghan, “Without the distractions of texting, Snapping, and reading endless emails, your brain will get the mental detox it so deeply deserves.”
Use music to set the mood.
Struggling to get in a vacation state of mind while staying in your own home? Music is the trick, Meghan writes: “to make this feel even more like a treat, pick a theme and put together a playlist to match. A few ukulele tunes may be all you need to transport you to the beaches of Maui.”
Even if an appointment at the hotel spa isn’t an option, there are ways to make your staycation special. The Duchess wrote her guide in the pre-COVID era, so she recommends getting a massage or a manicure—but she has one option that will work just as well nowadays. “Run yourself an indulgently long and warm bath to soak in,” she writes, adding, “Whatever your pleasure, give yourself all the creature comforts you would indulge in while on vacation.”
A movie marathon, the Duchess says, is a great way to relax. “All those films you’ve been dying to watch? Give yourself the luxury of tucking in to your very own film festival,” she writes. “Pop some popcorn and make it feel like an event… in your cozies, of course.”
Replicate the hotel experience.
So much of what makes staying in a hotel special are the little things—many of which can actually be done at home, too. “We often forget the little gestures that hotels make when you are away,” the Duchess writes. “Be it spa water (with sliced cucumbers in it), extra cozy slippers, plush bathrobes, perfectly crisp and ironed sheets; all of these elements can make your humble abode feel like a boutique hotel.”