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 😉
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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?
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 😉
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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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?
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.