Living on a budget isn’t always easy during the summer months, especially if your friends, loved ones, or colleagues are jetting off to sunny shores and you’re stuck at home. A staycation doesn’t have to be a disappointment, however, it can be just as relaxing as that exotic trip you’re dreaming about or as exciting as an adventure holiday. The trick is to make your staycation feel like a vacation, meaning that you break your everyday routine and do something each day that’s a little bit different from the monotony of daily life.
If you’re taking time off work, do just that. It doesn’t matter if you’re leaving town or not, a vacation is a vacation! Just opening and answering a single work-related email sends out the signal to your boss and colleagues that you’re available to work, so as tempting as it is to read them just let those messages sit unread in your inbox until the end of your vacation time. Having a break from work will also give your brain a chance to reset and increase your productivity when you do go back to work. In fact, we’d even suggest going one step further and limit your internet, social media, email, and messaging usage to certain times of the day. Think about it, if you were lounging on a sandy beach in the Caribbean would you really be checking in with Facebook every ten minutes? Didn’t think so! Better yet, turn your phone off as much as possible during the day and only switch it on or log on when you need to contact someone.
So, now you’ve given yourself a break from being endlessly logged on, you’ve probably freed up a lot of spare time. Instead of being bored or worrying about the prospect of having “nothing to do,” give yourself something to do. You may be at home, but you can experience where you live from a different perspective by acting like a tourist and visiting an attraction or event that you wouldn’t normally consider. There’s bound to be a museum or art gallery in your city or town that you haven’t been to yet, and if you usually get around on public transport, take the bike out of storage and go for a spin. Even something simple like going to watch a movie can feel like an experience if you make a day out of it, especially if you can find local screenings or free events to go to!
If you’re in the mind to be social, staycationing with friends can be just as fun as going abroad with them. If you need a change of scenery, why not house swap for a few days? Or if you or someone in your friendship circle has the square footage, arrange a grown-up sleepover and theme the evening to whatever you fancy! Getting together and throwing a BBQ is also an easy and cheap way to party, especially if you ask everyone you invite to bring some meat, fish, or veggies or alcoholic beverage (but make sure you get an equal balance, you want a BBQ with your beer!). If you can’t splurge on top-range meat, you can make the most out of what you’ve got with cooking methods and marinades. For the tastiest barbecue meat, follow the advice of PokerStars’ pro player and BBQ expert Felipe “Mojave” Ramos who recommends cooking the sausages first: “We don’t use [lighter] fluid, so the sausage fat drips to get the fire on point!”
These are just a few ways to make the most out of your staycation time this summer. There are tons of things that you can do when you’re holidaying at home. So, if you’ve got some great ideas, then let us know!
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