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Going On A Staycation

Staycation: a vacation spent at home.

A staycation works just as good as an elaborate getaway. The aim is the same, to just take a break from the day-to-day hustle and bustle. On the plus side it saves you money.

Not all of us have the luxury or time to go out of town or overseas for a vacation. for such souls as I who are staying home for the holidays, I have just the thing for you.

It doesn’t have to be dull and dreary. You don’t have to spend your holidays bored out of your mind, binge-watching your favorite series.

Here’s what you can do, to add fun and ‘vacation’ in your ‘staycation’.

Tip: Have a staycation budget in place. Just as you would create a vacation budget, decide how much you spend on your staycation. The aim is to not overindulge and lose track of your spending just because you’re staying home. Still splurge a little, but in the end, you want to spend much less than if you had gone on a out of town trip for the holidays.

1. Be a tourist in your own city, you’d be surprised at the hidden gems you can find in your own backyard.

For instance, in Windhoek you can visit…

  • Sights and Landmarks: At Okapuka Lodge you can even feed the Lions.
  • Nature and Parks: Spend a day or two at Daan Viljoen Nature Reserve.
  • Museums: Visit the Trans-Namib Railroad Museum, and many others.


2. Turn your home into a holiday hotspot

  • Do something romantic: Surprise your mate with a picnic in the backyard or in the living room. Run a bubble bath with candles and rose pedales and soak until you’re both wrinkled. Just Re-connect.
  • Invite friends over (those that are around): throw a game night, movie marathon night, or for the creative types; throw a photoshoot, write a short script and do a corny movie. Shot it with your smartphone. Will it be Oscar worthy, no! will it be memorable and fun, mos definitely. The stuff great memories are made of.
  • Do a At-home Spa: Try this  simple DIY face mask

Combine 1/2 cup hot—not boiling—water and 1/3 cup oatmeal. After the water and oatmeal have settled for two or three minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons honey, and one small egg white. Apply a thin layer of the mask to your face, and let it sit for ten to 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. (Be sure to place a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to avoid clogging the drain with the granules.)

Whoever said staying home for the holidays has to be lame.