You've got a predicament: your vacation time is limited, but you need a get-away. What can you do? You might feel your options are nil, but in reality, one-day vacations can be just as relaxing as a week-long getaway. Use the weekend for some much-needed leisure time, or take a day off during a particularly trying week. Whatever you choose, you won't regret trying out one of these tiny holiday ideas.

Get Out In Nature

Take a hike, but not in the bad way. Weather permitting, hitting the trails is a great way to spend a day off. Lack of electronics will free your mind from work-related stress, and studies show that time spent in nature is excellent for improving mental health. Your physical health will benefit, too, especially if you're escaping a sluggish office lifestyle for the day. Pack some snacks and look up the best parks near you. You might even discover some wondrous natural features or wildlife you didn't realize you could find so close to home.

Try Out Urban Exploration

Maybe you don't have much greenery nearby, or maybe the great outdoors isn't for you— unless it includes cafés. In that case, take the day and hit the town. Check out TripAdvisor or use the ever-trusty Google and make a list of local hotspots you've never had a chance to hit up, or go the spontaneous route and explore with no itinerary. You never know what you'll turn up!

Head to the Spa

For the ultimate one-day staycation, book a spa day. Groupon and LivingSocial are your friends here for saving a couple bucks; both sites nearly always have deals for spa treatments. That way, you'll get the full relaxation benefits without any additional stress from emptying your pockets. A comprehensive package can keep you there the whole day, or you can choose stack as many individual treatments as your heart desires. You'll enjoy a fabulous day of being pampered and leave feeling like a million bucks, which is pretty much what a one-day vacation aspires to do. Just make sure that whichever place that you go to has insurance for a luxury day spa so that you can participate in the activity worry-free and know that you are in good hands.

Fill Your Day with Favorites

We all have things we love to do, hobbies we enjoy, foods we would live off of if we could, etc. If your time is limited to just one day, why not make it perfect? Start with a lush breakfast— mimosas preferred— and spend the morning relaxing with a book you've been yearning to read or a TV show you haven't had the time for. Do a DIY project that's been on your list for ages, or buy a dollar store kite and some bird seed and head to the local pond. Lounge in the hammock on your back deck, curl up with a fluffy blanket and knit, do a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Whatever floats your boat, devote the day to it! No one can plan your uniquely perfect day better than you.

Taking just one day off can feel like a waste, but there's plenty of not-so-time-consuming activities you can pack into a one-day vacation. If you're feeling like you need a break, take the day— you won't regret it!

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys kayaking and reading books by the lake.