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With the constant rise in fuel costs and living expenses, going away for a fancy Easter holiday is out of the question for many South Africans. The solution: a staycation! To help inspire your ultimate holiday at home, First Loyalty Plus have put together five fab staycation ideas:

Cancel routine:

One of the best parts about being away on holiday is the break from your daily routine. So just scrap all those commitments during your dedicated holiday time. No work, no meetings, no chores, dessert before dinner, staying up late and sleeping in.

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Plan game nights:

Set up your own holiday itinerary by choosing your favourite, family activities. Download Bingo cards off the internet (for free), have a quiz night, break out the board games or organise a volleyball tournament – the list goes on. Invite your friends over and tease those competitive spirits with some cheap and cheesy prizes!

Go on a day visit:

Enjoy the spoils of hotel life without the hefty bill by finding out which hotels or resorts near you accept day visitors and go on holiday for the day. Parents can relax next to the pool, while the kids enjoy the activities on offer. Alternatively, do a little homework on loyalty programmes and you might just be surprised what special deals you can find for a one or two-night, mid-week stay.

Take a break from cooking:

Why not dine out at a new restaurant as a treat? It doesn’t have to be a big, fine dining dinner, in fact a beautiful breakfast spot with a playground for the kids is the ideal way to start a lazy staycation. Various restaurants offer meal specials for kids or look at joining a loyalty programme and enjoy the perks.

DIY spa day:

There is no need to spend a fortune on a day at a spa…just turn your own home into a little oasis and get the kids involved. Your manicure might be, er, interesting, but you might also get a kiddie-administered massage out of the deal. If your tribe draws the line at this type of personal pampering, check out your local spas for specials.

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