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For whatever reason, many people choose to forsake the annual vacation for a staycation instead. It’s less stressful for starters, and there is less expense involved when you choose to enjoy your holiday time at home. To help you make the most of your staycation, before the rigors of work begin again, here is some great advice you might find useful. 

Plan ahead If your plan is to rest and chill at home for the summer, there may not be a lot of extra planning involved. However, you may want to use the time you have at home to the fullest. Make a checklist of what you want to achieve, and stick to it as much as you can. Buy what you need as well. For example, you may want to stock your kitchen with food and treats, cutting out any visits to the local supermarket. There may be books you haven’t read or films you haven’t seen, so make those essential purchases to suit the way you like to spend your downtime. 

Switch off It can be difficult to switch off from normal life when we have a holiday at home. However, do whatever you can to help you escape your usual routine. You may want to ignore your emails for a few days, to help you avoid any reminders of work. Turn off your mobile too, if colleagues are prone to calling you. You need to avoid any distractions that will disrupt your relaxation time, so work out what they are, and eliminate them.

Dress to impress You can still have a summer wardrobe without packing it into a suitcase. Check out this website and check out the summer fashion. There are outfits for any woman, including dresses for older women as well as the young. You may not be turning heads on a faraway beach this summer, but you can still wear something sunny and attractive at home or outside.

Try new food Part of visiting another country is trying out some of the cultural delicacies on offer. However, you can grab a taste of another culture, or try a new menu, through your own cooking or visiting a local restaurant. Take a look at what’s available near you and check out recipes online. There are bound to be foods you have been meaning to try, so take the opportunity.

Visit new places Your hometown may have areas of interest that you have never had the time, or inclination, to visit. We often forget the natural areas of beauty, or tourist opportunities, when we live nearby. From museums to nature walks, there will be places near you that can enrich your holiday time. Go and visit your local tourist information office, or search online, and make it your mission to visit somewhere you have never visited before.

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Part of a holiday experience is having everyday tasks done for you. You could hire a cleaner for a day to deal with your mounting housework, or instead of cooking every day, pay for a takeaway occasionally. If you have kids, you might want to hire a babysitter, or ‘loan’ them to family or friends for a few days. You want to relax, so find people who can make your holiday period a whole lot easier on your valuable time.

Spend time with friends Now is the time to spend time with people you don’t often get to see. Give them a call, plan a day away or have a girls night out, and have some fun with the people you value in life. You may even prefer to visit them at their homes. That way, there will be less cleaning up for you to do, giving you more time to spend relaxing.

Spend time in the garden You don’t need to sunbathe on the beach when you could just as easily spend time in your own garden or outside area. Remember to stock up on anything that will help you remain cool under the hot weather, and sit back in your lounge chair and enjoy a lovely cocktail.

Of course, you may like to keep busy, so those of you with green fingers may prefer to spend time pruning the bushes and watering the flowers, instead of lying under the sun. You can make your garden look great, creating an area worth spending time in this summer.

Have fun Finally, whatever you do, try and have some fun. Holiday periods don’t go on forever, so make the most of your relaxation time, and enjoy the brief time you have to unwind.


Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.