Do you need to get away? I sometimes feel an intense need for a vacation, especially after a stressful week, or a big event. However, life does not always cooperate. School schedules, work schedules, finances, and the like can get in the way of being able to take a vacation when you need one.
My husband recently changed jobs, and while the new job is much better, he lost the seniority from his old job that meant more vacation time. We went from 6 weeks a year to 2 weeks. And I am very grateful, but sometimes I just need a vacation, and now it is a lot harder to fit one in. This got me thinking about why vacations are so great.
I polled some friends on Facebook and asked everyone I talked to what makes a vacation feel like a vacation to them. I had an overwhelming response, so thank you so much! Using the answers I got, I came up with a few tips for feeling like you are on vacation, even when you are stuck at home:
1. Spend time with your family.
The top answer I got from my poll was related to spending time as a family, reconnecting, and making memories together. You do not have to be on vacation to do this. While being on vacation certainly helps, you can replicate this at home. Set aside time where you turn everything off, and focus 100% on family. Plan something special, and you will find you capture that “vacation feeling” without going on vacation.
2. Act like a tourist and find adventure.
There is probably something to explore nearby. One of the popular responses was “seeing and doing things I haven’t seen or done before” and “adventure.” And so I ask, do you have to leave home to try new things? Recreate the vacation feeling of novelty by playing tourist at home. Go to that museum you have never visited, or drive around a new city or town. Find adventure nearby. I did not have to go to Thailand to ride an elephant. I went to a local county fair. Maybe not as authentic, but still a lot of fun. Try a new restaurant. Take a class, or participate in an activity you have never tried before.
3. Sleep-in, take a nap, or go to bed earlier.
What is one thing you always do more of on vacation? Sleep. Give yourself an at home vacation by catching some extra beauty rest. Record your shows, save them for later. Turn off the computer. Cancel your plans, and go to bed!
4. Hire a housekeeper/cleaner for the day.
I know it is a real vacation when I don’t have to clean up. You leave your room a mess, and go have fun, then come back to a magically clean space, bed made, fresh towels hung up, etc. Help yourself feel like you are on vacation by taking a day off of the cleaning. Hire a housekeeper/cleaner to come in and clean your house for the day.
5. Take some time to slow down.
When we vacation, one of the beautiful things is not having a tight schedule. I love the feeling of being able to slow down and enjoy life with the “Do what you want, when you want” attitude. It is possible to recreate the feeling at home by slowing down so you can experience more, take in more, and enjoy the day. Actually sit down to eat breakfast, browse the paper, and do your hair. This might mean giving something up to make a little room in your schedule, or waking a little earlier so your morning does not feel as harried. No matter how you choose to accomplish it, slow down.
6. Schedule some pampering.
Relaxation is a big part of vacation. When you can’t go to a beach and lay under a cabana, try heading to the local spa and get a massage, a manicure, pedicure, or even a great haircut.
7. Find some water.
Many people don’t consider it a true vacation unless there is sun and sand, and of course a body of water. If you can’t head to Tahiti, go to the pool, the beach, or at the very least set up a sprinkler in your yard and run through it.
Hopefully you can enjoying feeling like you are on “vacation” even when you can’t really BE on vacation.
What do you like to do to feel like you are on vacation? Tell us in the comments section below or let us know on Facebook.