The weather is heating up and the florescent lights that hang above your head at work all day are really harking on your mellow. The sun is calling and sitting crouched over your desk is just unbearable. After catching yourself staring out the window at the beautiful weather for more than what would be considered appropriate, you decide it’s finally time to take some time off.
As money is tight, flying to some exotic lands where shirtless cabana boys serve fruity drinks is out of the question. Even with a road trip, you have to pay for gas and the sketchiest motels in obscure corners of cities come at a price. Alas, it may be time to hike up your big kid panties and treat yourself to a good, old fashioned stay-cation.
You may be thinking, “But I’m always at my place, how could I possibly make it entertaining enough that I don’t drive myself crazy in only a couple of days?” Well, my friend, you’re simply underestimating your home and your community.
First, become a tourist in your own town. Go as far as searching for exciting things to do in your city. No matter the size, every city has some claim to fame. Seek it out and leave your expectations behind.
Keep in mind that someone is absolutely passionate about this certain thing that your town holds dear – try to go into the experience with the same mindset. You never know – you might just find a new favorite place in town.
If your city is near water, you could rent kayaks, boats, or jet skis – anything you’d normally be doing on your faraway vacation, but it’s just down the street.
Treat yourself to a spa day. Take a nice warm shower or bath, shave everything, and rub yourself down with some delicious-smelling lotion. Then do your nails, paint your face with a cooling mask and just let the relaxation flow over you.
Spa day is your day, yours and yours alone. Take a risk and turn off your phone, your email – resist checking anything. Trust me, if it’s that important, they’ll leave a message and you can get back to them when you’re ready.
At least once, cook yourself a good meal and don’t be afraid to experiment. Turn to a random page in your dusty old cookbook that belonged to your grandmother and blindly point to determine what you’re going to eat that night. It has to be at least decent if it ended up in a cookbook (and no one will know if you “randomly” pick something else like mac and cheese or mashed potatoes), take a chance. It could be your new specialty.
Explore any local farmers markets for your ingredients. The freshest ingredients make the best tasting meals, and usually prices are pretty reasonable.
Another thing you can do on your stay-cation is take part in your local performing arts scene. Concerts in the park, movies projected on the wall of the library, outdoor plays – they’re a great chance to meet new people and take in the regional thespians.
Despite a lack of funds and a desk job that’s sucking your brains out, the summer can be enjoyable even if you just stay in your own neighborhood.