Petrol prices soaring and a succession of glorious long weekends coming up it’s time to plan a great staycation. It’s about being local, discovering what’s on your doorstep, here are 5 tips from Elegance on a Shoestring for the best staycation.
- Get in the ‘staycation mind set’ with some planning. Think about what makes going away on holiday exciting, everything is different, think outside the box. Prepare for the break as if you are going away on holiday, research things to do and with an eye on the weather give yourself a selection so you can choose on the day.
- Going to a hotel is all a bit special because they makes a fuss of you, make your house into a hotel, get out the linen, lay the table, get some candles ready, get the washing done, tidy the house and get the shopping in. Give yourself ground rules, no chores, no emails, no phone calls, no shopping in the local Sainsburys you go to everyday. Make the break time bound, with a ‘setting off’ time and a ‘coming home’ time. Change the pace, long lie-ins, late nights, early nights.
- Organise trips around themes, get fit-go for a bike ride with a pub enroute for a lunch, pampering-give yourself a home spa, challenge your comfort zone- look out new recipes and buy ingredients you have never bought before then cook in the style of Ready Steady Cook, have a thrifty day out-meet friends and find an exotic location for a picnic and take games, be a princess- get dressed up, crank up the music and indulge in a cream tea dansant, rekindle your passion-go on a course to learn a new skill, if the weather is grim it is allowable to consider warm nights in by the fire with a good book, once you are in the mindset the ideas flow.
- Choose clothes with an eye on the weather, British weather is notoriously unreliable, and no you probably wont be able to wear little floaty summer dresses and high strappy shoes all the time, keep thinking capsule wardrobe as you put together a co-ordinated holiday look using layers, to dress up and down to suit everything you have planned.
- To help remember your special break take photos and make an album when you ‘get home’.