The holidays are approaching or you just need a break away, however the budget is not looking healthy enough to take a vacation. Why not take a Staycation and Holiday at Home? Do we really know the city that we live in? I’m sure most of us are guilty of always travelling away from our home town for our vacations. Why not use the opportunity to become a tourist and discover what is in your own backyard – you will be surprised.
Here are some tips to feel in the holiday mood without leaving your home town.
1. Clear the Diary
Commit to being on vacation and clear your diary. You would do this if you were going away, so this is the first step to your Holiday at Home.
If you were travelling away you would normally research your destination and make a list of the sights you want to see. Research the internet, check out what is on in your city and visit the Tourist Information Centre. If your budget is tight, just wandering around your city can be interesting. Take a picnic in the park and take advantage of free offers. Remember you are a tourist so think like one.
Sometimes it is difficult to feel in the holiday mood if you stay at home. There is always the temptation of jobs that need to be done around the house or you feel guilty taking a break. Start thinking seriously that you are taking a holiday. This means no housework or jobs but relaxation and fun.
4. Lose the Technology
Avoid using your P.C. and turn your mobile phone off – you are on holidays remember! If you must be contactable, or are joined at the ear to your mobile phone, put your phone on silent and only check your emails and messages once a day.
5. Try Something New
Enjoy a lunch or dinner at a restaurant you have always wanted to try. In my city of Brisbane we have City Cats and ferries which meander along the Brisbane river. It is a lovely way to view the city especially on a beautiful sunny day. Most cities, have hop-on, hop-off buses that take you to the places of interest the city has to offer. Take a day trip to somewhere you haven’t been. If you have flexibility with your budget why not take a day tour and really be a tourist.
Take time out and relax, after all this is a holiday. Catch up on the books and movies you have missed or put aside in the ‘one day’ pile, take a bubble bath, have a facial, indulge in your hobbies. Remember NO WORK!
7. Capture the Memories
Don’t forget your camera! Take photographs of your ‘holiday’ as you would if you were away. It will be good to look back at your memories of your ‘holiday at home’ and realize that you can take a break and enjoy it even if you don’t leave home.
What City do you live in? Share some of the sights with us in the comments below.