We all need a break from our mundane lives, the best way to get the break we deserve is to go on a nice vacation. Be it to a neighbouring city, or another country, there is nothing as rejuvenating as packing your bags and going on vacation. But, when you are in lockdown, when you have to practise social distancing and when the last thing you should do is leave home, what do you do? You vacation at home of course!
It’s not as hard as you think, here’s a list of things to do in your vacation at home –
Start with a budget
When you go on holiday, you usually have a daily budget for food, travel, stay, and transport. So, since you don’t have to worry about spending on travel, stay, and transport; use that money saved to add to your home vacation experience. Just because you’re not leaving the house, it doesn’t mean you don’t splurge on fun things you would like during your vacation.
Like you would on a vacation, send out of office emails and inform your office that you will be on leave for a few days. Don’t take work calls and don’t attend Zoom meetings, tune out and focus on your vacation.
Transform your home
The best thing about walking into a hotel is the comforting vibe it gives you. It is a fresh, clean room, free of clutter and chaos, much unlike our homes. The way to achieve it is to try and get your home to look clutter-free and clean. Give up all that you don’t need and also things that you don’t like. If you hate the colour of the curtains, change it, hate the painting on the wall? Take it down. Make the space around you one you’ll enjoy.
Make your bathroom beautiful
We all love hotel bathrooms because they are neat, have some great toiletries, smell nice and have very good showers or tubs. If you have a shower, then you can improve your bathing experience by just replacing the showerhead. It’s something you can buy online, fix yourself and will make you feel like a thousand bucks! If you have a tub then, indulge in a bath bomb and an extra-long soak, do things you don’t normally have the time to do. Arrange your bath products on a tray like they do in hotels and arrange your towels neatly. You can even use candles and aroma diffusers to make the room look and smell pretty.
Make your home smell like you’re on vacation
If you love the beach, or the hills you’ll know that they have their own distinctive fragrance. Get diffusers, candles or even room fresheners to change the way that your home smells. From coffee aromas to floral fragrance to even ocean breeze it hardly costs much to get fragrances for your home. You can even switch up the fragrances through the day or every day, based on how you feel.
Create a vacation playlist
Play the music you love that makes you feel like you’re on vacation. You can play some smooth jazz, some reggae music, or even EDM if that will help to make you feel like you’re in another place. Sing along, groove along and unwind.
Take a break from your chores
This is a tough one, when you’re at home you are tempted to clean up, cook and do all the chores that you normally do. Don’t. Take a break, order food home, make a list of all the food that you love and order accordingly. If burgers, pizzas, and other junk food make you feel like you’re on vacation, order it! If you want to have cake for breakfast, then go for it! You’re on vacation and no rules apply. When it comes to cleaning, give your self a break (if possible) get the maids to come in or hire cleaning services to help.
Do things you do when you’re on vacation
If you love to dance, then set up a little dancefloor in your living room. If you love to laze by the beach, set up a beach towel in your balcony/roof/garden and just lie in the sun. If you love to explore, then there are amazing virtual tours that you can take of places like the Louvre, the Great Wall of China and more are all available online.
Treat your self
If you’re vacationing with someone, then you’ll can take turns to do something special for each other. If you’re alone, then why not order a massage? Or a beauty treatment? This is the next best thing to actually going to a spa. When you order a spa at home service, they take care of everything, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up either, they are also very hygienic and follow proper protocols.
Get some R&R
Vacations are great to catch up on the Rest and Relaxation you so desperately require. Go to bed early or wake up late. Switch off the alarm and you decide when you want to do things. Throw away your daily schedule and just relax. Meditate, read, and do the things you don’t normally have the time to do.