Have you heard of hygge? The Danish term for coziness and contentment is all about embracing the simple pleasures in life. And when it comes to well-being, Nordic nations are onto something—Denmark and Norway have consistently ranked in the top three happiest countries on the United Nations World Happiness Report for the past three years.
With self-care trends on the rise, it only makes sense that hygge has started to catch on beyond Scandinavia. Inspirato members aiming to unwind and get cozy away from home will enjoy employing some of these hygge tips on their next vacation.
Embrace natural light
Though setting the scene for hygge typically involves lighting candles, we recommend dimming the lights. Hygge is all about it—position yourself near a big window to take in all the natural light, like these in Antara in Whistler.
Sip tea or coffee
One of the keys to coziness is slowly enjoying a warm, comforting drink. Snuggle up with a cup of your favorite tea or coffee, or if you’re in a new destination, try sampling some of the local blends.
Snuggle up under a blanket
Curling up under a blanket is peak hygge, and though you may not have your tried and true favorite along with you, there’ll be plenty of blankets around the home to cozy up with on the couch or a big, comfy armchair. Don’t forget to BYOB (bring your own book).
Pack your comfiest clothes
You’d probably bring loungewear on vacation anyway, but just in case, we highly recommend packing some of your comfiest favorites for a self-care day. Loose-fitting, warm tops in natural materials like cashmere or angora paired with leggings or joggers are a perfect hygge-inspired outfit.
What’s homier than the smell of freshly baked cookies? Treat yourself by baking some—and Inspirato members can make sure the kitchen in their residence is already stocked with all the fixings for cookies with a pre-trip grocery list.
Relax in front of the fireplace
Curling up in front of a roaring fire is the epitome of hygge. And there are plenty of homes with incredible fireplaces in the Inspirato Collection: La Ferme du Bois in Chamonix, nestled at the base of the Alps, provides the perfect hygge setting.
Play board games
Take a step back from screen time and opt for some good old-fashioned fun with the group: board games. Some Inspirato homes are even stocked with games left from past members—join the fun and purchase yourself and other members to enjoy on future trips. (P.S. If you want to go all in, there’s actually a Hygge Game, meant to stoke “cozy conversation in pleasant company.”)
Take a warm bath
Round out your leisurely hygge day with the finishing touch—a soothing soak in the bath. This tub with a view at Chalet en Blanc is one of our favorites. (And don’t forget the candles.)