Let’s stop kidding ourselves; you can’t always take a holiday when you need one. Sure, you have the days off saved up so you can take some time away from the office, but that doesn’t magically provide you with the means to afford a trip abroad or even a stay in a local caravan park. So how do you turn your tired old home into a getaway that allows you all the time away from your daily grind you need to refuel?
Giving your garden a bit of a makeover allows you to use it as a refuge and if you luck out in terms of weather you’ll be able to catch some serious rays. A lounge chair and a fresh beach towel, not to mention some high-factor sunscreen, can help you enjoy your garden. A barbecue and a parasol can help, too; make your garden into a little sanctuary and retreat in it to relax completely with the newspaper, a book, or your mp3 player.
Speaking of reading material, invest in a Kindle or other eReader as soon as you can. If you enjoy reading then you will enjoy it more than any other gadget currently on the market. You can download plenty of books to get you through your holiday, and remember to check for free books. Amazon have a vast complement of free Kindle books, and authors like Cory Doctorow provide free electronic copies of their novels even as they bring out paper specimens. Nothing’s quite as relaxing as chilling out with an engrossing book.
If you have kids, take advantage of any of the dozens of free government courses such as art challenges and other camps available over the summer. They will love them, and it will keep your kids busy and accustomed to the more rigorous schedule of school times. At the same time, you’ll be provided with a bit of time to yourself every day which you can use to get in the holiday state of mind and enjoy yourself.
Holidays can cost quite a bit of money, and sometimes it simply isn’t possible to take one despite needing it badly. But if you carefully manage your time and marshal your home’s strengths in your favour, you can make yourself a home holiday to be proud of, recharge your batteries, and enjoy the time you take off to the fullest extent of your abilities. Bon voyage!