If any of my readers are like me, it is very difficult to go back to “real life” after a perfect summer vacation. I get this feeling of dread and dismay. That is why I am trying to “keep the vacation going” mentality for the rest of the summer even though I am at home. Why waste these beautiful sunny days and breezy warm nights just because I am not lying on the beach in Jamaica, sliding down a water slide at a resort, or screaming at the top of my lungs at Disney.
Even though real world “work” needs to continue, I can create an environment at home that is as close to a vacation spot that you can get. We do get days off (weekends) and evenings free after work. I must use this time to the fullest to keep my vacation “buzz” going (winter will be just around the corner).
So, to start I have to take note of what makes my vacations so special:
1. Being able to lie in the sun with a good book and vacation-like tunes. All I have to do is create a spot on my patio complete with lounge chair, sunscreen, towel, book and ipod. NOTHING TO IT!!
2. Eating delicious foods. This is big for me because I love to try new and different things. Every two weeks I can prepare a new dish that I find on the internet, set up my patio table, and chow down. OR I can find a great outdoors cafe to frequent for lunch every month.
3. Not having a care in the world. This one may be a little more challenging since I am at home getting the bills, answering phone calls, and taking care of life’s business. But I will schedule myself time for meditation, yoga, or exercise where my mind can just be free of the day’s hustle and bustle. I would suggest doing these activities away from home (like a community recreation center).
4. Shopping at cute little boutiques. I know that I have not explored the many cute shops here in my town and this time of year is the best time to do it (even if it is just window shopping). There’s nothing better than picking up a cute trinket while on vacation.
5. And let’s not forget the “hotel-like” treatment. Okay, I am sure I won’t be changing my linen or have fresh towels in my bathroom everyday BUT I can open up the curtains to let sunlight in and spray a nice linen spray on my linens each day to bring something new to the room. And don’t forget flowers which bring a smile to my face.
But the best thing about the fabulous stay-cation is that I won’t have to come out of my pocket thousands of dollars to keep the party going.
What other ideas do you have to make your stay-cation more fabulous?