Holiday ideas: stay-cation

If the recession has been good for one thing it is the rise of the stay-cation. We live in a fabulous country with loads of cool and interesting stuff to see and do, yet most of us don’t even visit our local attractions, let alone make the time to visit those further afield.

When money is short, or you only have a weekend here and there to spare, making a holiday out of your nearby surroundings is a great way to take some time out of life and spend some quality time together as a family, without breaking the bank.

If you can only take a few days off together, make the most of them by planning day trips to local attractions that you haven’t visited before. Look online beforehand for deals and money-off vouchers, and take a packed lunch, snacks and drinks to keep costs down while you are there.

If you can take a week or more, turn your house into a holiday home: prepare well beforehand and then suspend all washing, shopping and admin tasks until you ‘get home’.

Construct a food menu (including plenty of take-aways to give you a rest from cooking a washing up), and pretend you are holidaying in a self-catering villa for the week!

Most importantly, turn off the phone and put all the post in a drawer for picking up after your holiday.

Then spend the week lying in the garden, visiting the beach or local attractions, going out for dinner and generally relaxing with the family.

The most you should do is hang up your sun-bathing towels at the end of each day. The rest can wait until after your holiday.