Not everyone has the luxury of a week-long getaway during the summer. Whether due to a seasonal career, lack of personal flexibility, or even budgetary concerns, many find it difficult to justify paying thousands of dollars to spend some time in the fresh air or visit a tourist-geared city. Even shifting your vacation by a couple of months one way or another can mean you score “off-season” discount prices for similar amenities.
However, just because you decide to not splurge on a high-season vacation doesn’t mean that you should live in denial of the wonderful season of summer. It’s much easier to bear watching your colleagues and friends go off for their mid-summer adventures when you yourself are having a great time.
Put yourself in the mindset of a “working vacation” in which you complete your work shifts as usual, but spend the rest of your time in a more intentionally leisurely manner. Cancel those unnecessary appointments, dial down on the housework, and plan weekends at the lake or local beach.
The key to a successful summer at home is transforming the property into something that doubles as a home and a vacation property. Make it your place of retreat, the oasis in your busy life.
Invest in Your Outdoor Space
The summer is all about watching sunsets from your deck, firing up the BBQ, and toasting s’mores over the bonfire. Though we can’t all treat ourselves to private fire pits, most of us has either a yard or balcony we can transform into a place to socialize, rest, cook, eat, and simply relax. Start by beautifying your surroundings with lush plants, a quality deck or patio, and installing mood-filled lighting options. If fiddling around in your garden is not on your list of relaxing pastimes, hire a team of landscapers who will take care of all your landscaping projects. It will be well worth it in the end.
Hang a Hammock
It might seem like a trivial addition to your home, but a hammock or similarly comfortable chair or swing can give you a way of easily pulling the breaks on your speedy life. Just looking at it will remind you to slow down, grab a book or magazine, and indulge in a lazy hour of “hanging out”.
Fill Your House with Activities
When away on vacation, you rarely spend your days on the internet or surfing the channels on your Cable TV. Bring a similar “camping” feel to your home by forgoing your newfangled technology in place of interesting board games, books, puzzles, and crosswords. The days will seem longer and more fulfilled when you unplug yourself from your everyday electronic devices.
Stock Your Pantry With Easy Meals
Whether you’re at the cottage or exploring the Big Apple, you aren’t likely to be busting out three course meals during your vacation. Though cooking brings many people pleasure, for others it’s a laborious chore which many would give up if they could. While enjoying your summer at home, let your cooking slide and mimic what you would normally be preparing if you were camping or at the cabin. It should be easy and quick, especially if you don’t have air-conditioning and cooking is one way of heating the house to unbearable limits. Let ambition slide and stock your pantry with the ingredients you need to prepare effortless but healthy meals for yourself and your family.
Though denying yourself of a summer vacation can seem like a slightly depressing option, it can still be a time very well spent. Not only will you be able to afford and enjoy a better off-season option, but you can “vacation” in the comfort of your own home, because “relaxing” is not a place, it’s a mindset.