When I started writing this post a couple of weeks ago, I was just going to talk about the 3-day weekends I took. I was planning to write them out with a tremendous amount of detail, but then I realized a bigger message here: the importance of taking vacations, even if they’re just for a weekend away. Even if you’re not going anywhere far, it’s important to let yourself rest and to totally take your mind off your weekly work once in a while.
Personally, I can’t exactly afford to take a huge vacation away for one week, but I am able to do a lot of 3-day weekends, or some creative stay-cations.
Here are some ideas that I have thought of. Some I have actually done, others I have yet to check off my list. Remember, the whole point to is to be away from your work and completely unwind:
- Visit a lake. Unless you have a beach house or know someone who does, lakes can actually be a little bit cheaper to stay at for a weekend. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of fun things to do. Activities include going fishing or crabbing, going paddle boarding, canoeing, or rent a speedboat. You can also scope out a restaurant that lies near a lake or have a picnic on the grass next to a lake. Sometimes lake areas have cool museums near by to check out. The one I went to included a mini golf course. Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition while on vacation.
- (Politely) use your connections to stay somewhere. My boyfriend and I were able to go away because a family member of his owns a beach house. If you have a similar connection, go for it! Although, it is still polite to offer the friend or family member money. If they do not accept it, still gift them either wine or another thoughtful good.
- Splurge on a 3-day weekend away. If you can’t go away somewhere for a full week, then only go for a few days. It will still be a bit pricey, however, you’re only paying half of what you would pay for a week-long vacation.
- Have a vacation at home. If you’re on a budget like me 100% of the time, there is nothing wrong with a vacation at home. How do you do this? First of all…NO CHORES! If you wouldn’t do it on vacation away, don’t do it at home. I promise your house will still be standing if you go a few days without vacuuming. You can even eat with paper products so that you don’t have to do any dishes (or even load the dishwasher)! Pick out some movies to watch, play board games, order food in, and pamper yourself. It is also a good time to actually sit down and read! Also, refrain from checking your email and don’t keep your phone in your hand all day long.
- Take a series of day trips. I’m not talking about the Saturday trip to the zoo, I’m talking about taking vacation days on the week days to go do some cool stuff. Go visit a winery, a water park, or any other cool attractions within a two-hour distance from where you live. The rules still apply for trying to not use your cell phone.
Got any other ideas? Comment down below