By Eva Francavilla
Most of us in the “real world” cannot monetarily afford to, or are not allowed to, take a week off of work to enjoy a trip over the summer. Instead, we spend our summers inside working our lives away towards a satisfying career. Yet, we still sadly look at Instagram and Facebook and see all our “followers” and “friends” at the beach and in Europe as we sit in our 5’x 5′ cubicle. Dear friend, don’t lament because we have good news! There is a chance to save your sanity with a little stay-cation! Here are a few mini-vacation ideas so you can avoid any FOMO (fear of missing out) while keeping your job and savings account in check.
1) Check out the local scene.
Since the weather is warming up there are festivals and outdoor events popping up. Go to an art walk, enjoy an outdoor concert, or even sign up for a 5k to support a local charity.
2) Take a ME day.
Take the day off from life. Turn off the social media. Pick up some extra snacks (healthy or not) and a bottle of wine. Hide under the covers. Put on a Netflix marathon. Take the day to sleep and relax. Call it a mental health day. All day, no worries.
3) Enjoy the local parks.
After a day of resting, go outside and take in the fresh air, and check out a new local park. Mother nature is beautiful this time of year.
4) Visit that new restaurant.
It’s getting rave reviews, so what are you waiting for? March on down there and try that new restaurant, and pick their most popular dish and drink. If you have a friend in need of a stay-cation, invite her along!
5) Spa Day
Your fingers and toes took a beating all winter long from stuffy socks and gloves so take yourself to get a manicure and pedicure. Heck, why not also get a massage because you know you’re stressed at work? Get a facial to clean out your pores. This is a day for YOU, and you’ve earned it! So, either dish out the money or find online DIY (Do It Yourself) ideas and recipes.
6) Cooking Day
Craving all those recipes you’ve seen in your news feed? Go out and get a few ingredients for one or two of them. Cooking something new can be fun and exciting, plus its enjoyable eating your finished work.
7) Arts and Crafts Day
Need a few things to spruce up your home? Try making them yourself! Go online and discover easy crafts for a comfortable day and creative day.
These ideas are a great way to get motivated and well rested. A change of pace is never a bad thing, and these tips can help end your workday blues and refresh you for the rest of the year.
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