6 Fun Ways To Have The Ultimate Staycation This Summer

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Being stuck at home over the summer doesn’t have to be boring! Even if you’re not road-tripping or globe-trotting, you deserve an amazing holiday!

The trick to enjoying your staycation is to fill your holiday with fulfilling activities and switch up your days by staying in and getting out.

Here are some quick and simple ideas to beat back the boredom and truly enjoy your holiday-at-home this summer πŸ˜‰

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Enjoy lazy days in the comfort of your own home. L to R: Reed Cushion, Ripple Breakfast Cushion, Quill Cushion, Turin Throw and the Brooklyn Cushion, Blush from L&M Home. Shop all cushions & throws online at Zanui.

Staying In This Summer

Despite the beautiful weather of those sunny summer days, we understand the needs of the introverted homebody. Some days you just wanna stay home. Because that’s where the air-con and the ice-cream are!

1. TV & Movie Marathons

On those 40+ degree days in the height of summer, what else is there to do but enjoy a movie marathon in the comfort (and air-con) of your own home?

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A popcorn mix recipe via Like Mother Like Daughter here!

Hello popcorn and choc-tops!

If you’re planning a marathon, alone or with friends, it’s important to stock up on the goods before you start. Go all out. Go full Gilmore Girls. It’s OK, because you’re sweating out your calorie intake… that’s how it works, right?

Overheating is so not hot

And don’t forget to make sure all your TV and DVD cables and fans are neat and tidy in your entertainment unit. The last thing you need is an overheated operating system. What a disaster!

2. Dinner Parties & Barbecues

If you’re not keen on getting out into the (boiling hot) world this summer, invite the rest of the world to come to you! Or at least, have your best buds over for a cold brew πŸ˜‰

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The Portable Barbecue from SUNNYLIFE is perfect for indoor or outdoor cooking. Shop all outdoor cooking on Zanui.

Keep your smorgasbord simple

Hosting a social gathering need not be the stressful affair we often imagine it to be. Keep the food simple with fresh summer salads you can make in under 15 minutes.

Forget the bulky barbecue – yes, really!

Don’t worry about braving the heat to get to the barbecue. Whip up your burgers and snags on the grill or portable barbecue inside. Ah, barbie bliss minus the sunburn. We’re on board.

3. Get Intellectual

Don’t let the summer heat fry your brain! Inspire your intellectual side by learning something new or catching up on the latest bestsellers.

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Lose yourself in a book this summer. Featuring the Premier Leantio Lost Rug from Rug Republic, and Varro Round Side Table from Dover Mason.

Lazy afternoons with good books

If you’re a casual reader, head to your local library. We know, this is counter-intuitive to ‘staying in’ – but if you stock up on books now, you won’t have to go back all season! Find the perfect story and stretch your imagination for days on end.

Learn a new skill

Try learning a new language with an interactive app like Duolingo. Or watch some YouTube tutorials and learn origami. Discover how to cook authentic Mexican food. Go completely out of the box and challenge yourself!

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Enjoy the great outdoors! Featuring the Kids Turkish Towel Bath Robe from Atolyia. Shop all beach & pool accessories on Zanui.

Getting Out This Summer

So you’re chasing a summer adventure but you missed the boat on a real ‘holiday’ away… Turn your hometown into your holiday destination by finding the fun times all around you!

1. Old School Date Nights

You don’t need to be in a relationship to enjoy date nights. Take yourself or your friends out for a good time, but go old-school!

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Those summer nights! Inspo from Casey Liu via Pinterest here.

Crazy hazy dates of summer

There’s nothing more fun than getting a bit crazy with friends! Head to the bowling alley or putt-putt golf. Go for a late-night drive around town and stop for ice-cream. Who’s up for a pub crawl?

Going traditional

For those who want a little romance this summer, grab your date and head to a cafe you’ve never tried before or enjoy a homemade picnic in the great outdoors. Plenty of room for smooches and smiles.

2. Day Trip Tourist Adventure

Just because you can’t be a tourist on a proper vacation doesn’t mean you can’t experience the fun of finding somewhere totally new and exciting by taking a day trip!

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Get out of town and head to the local beach – featuring the Casablanca Beach Towel from Tesalate. Shop all beach & pool accessories on Zanui.

Pick a point on the map and go there!

There’s always some little spot nearby that you haven’t explored yet. Become a tourist, just for a day, by getting in the car and going on that road-trip! Pick a playlist, wind down the window, stop somewhere unexpected…

Hit up some of your old haunts

Take your friends somewhere special this summer, somewhere full of great memories and new ones ready to be made. And don’t forget your camera!

3. Camp Out In Your Backyard

If you love the great outdoors but just couldn’t get away this season, don’t give up on your holiday dream! Why not re-create it in your own backyard?

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Hit your favourite spot this summer. Featuring the Flint Mohair Throw and Inkwell Mohair Throw from St Albans. Shop all throws online at Zanui.

Your very own campground

Invite your friends over and pitch a tent town in your backyard. Set up eskies chock-full of cheap ice and good beer, blast your favourite tunes as the sun sets, and then turn on the fairy lights.

Or head to a real campground!

Alternatively, head out to a nearby campground. It doesn’t need to be a full-on vacation, just a trip to a quiet little spot near town where you can enjoy the stars and sleeping on the ground.

Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.