Stuck inside. reminiscing about lands far, far away. Dreaming of lying on the beach with a cocktail in one hand and a fan in the other. Ah yes, I’m right there with you. Not on the beach but wanderlusting over my next trip.
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We are well and truly over it. Not being able to travel safely, stuck indoors for lengthy periods of time. Not only is it boring but it’s not good for us! But that’s just the reality we are living in right now and there’s nothing we can do to change it. The guidelines are in place for a reason and we have remained safe because of them.
But what if you could get a travel fix without actually having t0 travel? Are you game? All you need is a little imagination…
And with a bit of imagination, you can create a holiday at home!
These simple ideas will make you feel like you’re on a holiday in the sun, sipping sangrias in Spain or whizzing around on a vespa in Vietnam.
Fluff up the pillows, change the bedclothes to white crisp linen, pull the flatscreen TV in and voila, you have a hotel bedroom. Alternatively, if you have a spare room, switch it up and use the spare room as your hotel bedroom.
Want to order room service? Order a takeaway and when it arrives, bring it into your new hotel bedroom. Curl up to some Netflix and food. The perfect night away in a hotel.
Go camping in your back garden
This is something I always wanted to do, and now I don’t have a back garden!
You don’t need much to turn your back garden into a holiday at home. Just a tent and some sleeping bags. Extra bonus if you have a fire pit in your back garden that you can sit around, chatting, singing, eating smores.
For a bit more atmosphere, hang some outdoor lights out in your garden.
Cook world cuisine
For a whole week, or a long weekend, cook cuisine from around the world. Now, don’t cheat and just eat Italian all week – pizza, pasta, gelato. That’s too easy.
There are a few ways of choosing which cuisine to make / order in for your holiday at home:
- Make a list of your favourite countries and choose foods from each of them.
- Get a map, close your eyes and point! This is my favourite way and can really expand your food palate.
Check out these foods of the world for some inspiration.
Have you ever admired another country’s national dress? I’ve always wanted to dress up in an Indian sari and lucky for me, my closest friend in Dubai is Indian and helped me live out that dream!
Here’s an idea for your holiday at home – choose a country and dress up in their national dress. If it’s Ireland, go green. For French, get yourself a beret. Prize for the best dressed in the house!
Take a virtual tour
Virtual tours have been wonderful for me during the Covid-19 pandemic. So far, I have kayaked through glaciers in Alaska, hiked the Inca Trail and been on a submarine in the Great Barrier Reef. I’ve also visited numerous museums and theme parks.
Check out these best virtual tours you can take from the comfort of your own home.
Watch travel shows
- Down To Earth
Zac Efron and Darin Olien travel around the world in this binge worthy series in search of healthy sustainable ways to live. It’s funny, heart-warming and, I’ve got to say, it’s eye-opening for sure.
Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father
This hilarious show sees comedian Jack Whitehall travel around the world with his father, an unadventurous, sarcastic, 3-piece suit wearing kind of man.
The Kindness Diaries
I dare you not to cry watching this. Leon Logothetis travels from Hollywood around the world solely on his yellow motorbike and kindness. One of his intentions is to prove that giving is better than receiving. You will feel all the feels watching this series.
So now you’ve got your fancy hotel room or campground, your food from across the globe and you almost feel like you’re right there with Zac Efron travelling the world with him in Down to Earth (hmm….).
Whether you need a long weekend ‘getaway’ or have more time to spend, put these ideas into plan for the perfect holiday at home.
Have you tried any of these ideas or do you have any more ideas to create a holiday at home? Let me know in the comments below.