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Staycation: Frugal tips for creating your perfect vacation at home
Do the things that you would usually do on holidays
Maybe money is tight this year and you can’t afford that exotic dream vacation. Everybody’s disappointed and your holiday seems to be doomed. No need to worry, be creative and follow a few simple ideas to make your “staycation” a success for yourself and the whole family. Remember: Don’t treat this like a second choice. Whether you are staying at home for financial reasons or just because you are tired of all that travelling, make this the time for you and your family. And don't be embarassed either, staycation is a hot trend these days and your decision to stay at home can have a good impact on the environment and your finances. So be proud and blurt it out. Have fun!
Relax and have some "me" time
It’s ok to do a few chores around the house and garden but remember, you are on vacation and it’s time to act accordingly. Turn off all your electronic gadgets and relax. Grab a deck chair and a book and don’t lift a finger for a day. Don’t read the newspaper and don’t listen to any news, most of them are bad anyway. Rather enjoy your own perfect world.
Become a local tourist
If you were away on vacation, you would probably have quite a few things planned. Now is the time to become a local tourist and explore all the things that you haven’t seen or done yet. Go sightseeing in your neighbourhood! Check the newspaper, internet and tourist office for local events. You will be amazed how many of them are free. Involve your kids in some family games, organize a picnic or go on a treasure hunt. Take some pictures, why should this holiday be different from a vacation abroad?
Eat and drink like you are on holiday
Pick a theme and cook exotic fare. Make Gelato with your kids with fresh ingredients. Why not invite friends round for a potluck party and let them bring international food. Organize a beach party in your garden but remember to keep it casual, after all you are not looking for extra work.
Create your own Tiki Bar for your Hawaiian staycation
Concentrate on the positive: While you are enjoying yourself at home, think of all the people stuck in traffic or going through security checks and be glad that you are not one of them.
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