Making the Most of Your Vacationless Summer
According to a recent article by CNBC, 49 percent of Americans won’t be taking a vacation this summer. Leading reasons are not being able to afford it, family obligations and not being able to take the time off work. Simply put, people feel they have too much to do.
Are you part of the 49 percent not taking a vacation this summer? How can you still enjoy the summer while being ‘at home’? Enter the ‘stay-cation’. You may have heard this term before, which gained popularity during the 2009 recession when many people couldn’t afford lavish overseas vacations.
There are many ways to achieve a little summer pick me up that hopefully will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to get back to the daily grind of life during the summer:
Drink Fruit Infused Water
It’s no secret we love our infused water. Any given day in the summer you’ll find our café filled with flavors like lemon and thyme, melon and basil, or cucumber and mint. Depending on the flavor you choose, you can be transported to a vacation in your mind. Missing a Caribbean vacation? Infuse fresh coconut and pineapple. Wishing you were exploring the Outback? Try Kiwi. Remember that vacation can be as simple as a state of mind.
Go to a Farmer’s Market
Farmers Markets are great ways to get to know local merchants and picking up fresh cut flowers for home or work is a great way to feel connected to nature.
Have a s’more
Dine al fresco!
The phrase ‘al fresco’ translates from Italian to ‘in the cool air’. Wish you were eating at a fancy Italian bistro? Bring the bistro to your backyard by creating these grilled flatbread pizzas and sipping on some San Pellegrino.
Go to a local Music in the Park
Many local venues have summer concert series which are either free or low cost. Getting out and about and exploring a new place with free entertainment is a great way to see old favorites in a new light.
Explore alternative working hours
If you’re a traditional 8AM to 5PM worker, try exploring varying hours like 7AM to 4PM if you’re able to, allowing for a bit more daylight hours for fun. You could even petition your workplace to have summer hours like we do here at ISCG.
The main take away: try something new. Even if you are at home, be a tourist in your own city. Go someplace new, try an activity you have never done and just enjoy the summer – snow will be here before we know it!