This week it is Spring Break in my area and while we are not traveling, there are ways to make every day feel more like a vacation.
Spend an hour on your home each morning. Get the housework out of the way early, allowing you the freedom to spend the rest of the day as you please. A side benefit is your home is always ready to receive unexpected guests.
Jazz up your meals. As the weather heats up, do more grilling. Serve more salads. Make fruit smoothies. Keep meals and desserts simple and dine al fresco whenever possible.
Explore your area. Google your town plus free activities to find museums, nature trails, parks, festivals, etc for free family entertainment.
Turn off the electronics. Read books. Have a family game night. Work on a hobby. Go for a walk in a scenic area. Play music.
Transform your bedroom into a dreamy haven. Get rid of the excess. Invest in quality bed linens and good pillows. Light candles and have soft music playing or the sounds on the sea to help you drift off to sleep peacefully.
Create a spa experience. Give your bathroom a face lift with a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. Invest in quality white towels and add a tropical plant and tea lights.
Spend time outdoors. Make your backyard an oasis with a pond or fountain. Chairs around a fire pit. A hammock to while away the afternoon. A chaise with a cold drink in hand while you bask in the sun. Listen to the birds sing. Watch the clouds or stargaze at night.
Take a nap. People these days are tired. Many of us lead busy lives and a restorative nap can be just the ticket we need to prevent burnout and give us a much needed energy boost.
I am in favor of the staycation and using vacation monies to improve your home environment in such a way that you do not need to get away.