How to Staycation Like You Mean It

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Pawel Kaminski

So, you’re taking some time off but have nothing planned? Don’t spend the whole vacation in front of the TV — no one’s judging you for binging a few series here or there, but think about how good you’ll feel if you actually do something with your days off.

This is the perfect opportunity to do things that you normally don’t have time for. Whether that’s getting outside and exploring your neighborhood or trying out a new restaurant, you’ll be glad to have some real stories to tell when you’re back at the office. You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to enjoy your time off. Try out some of these tips for making the most of your staycation.

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Before you disregard this, hear us out – when else do you have the time to make your own natural cleaning products and then use them around the house? Give a little extra love to those everyday items you sometimes neglect, like cutting boards and wine glasses. You’ll thank yourself once the staycation is over and you’re back to your normal routine in a much cleaner space.

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Staycations are perfect for trying new things, and bread making is the kind of hobby that we can definitely get behind. Try making yeasted breads which do require some time for proofing and kneading, but don’t require special starters or equipment.

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Again, it sounds like work and this is your time off, but your future self will love you for prepping ahead. Stack the freezer with big-batch meals that are easy to portion and freeze, and even easier to reheat.

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