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What to do on your stay-at-home-vacation

You’ve probably been dreaming of this vacation for the last few months. But, you might not be prepared to fill your days with fun activities.

Here are a few things you can consider doing”

  • Free museums – No matter where you go, the towns nearest to you will all have historic and art museums. This makes for a fun day trip that will usually cost you nothing. On the one side you’ll probably learn a lot, and on the other it makes for a great Instagram opportunity … #sophisticated
  • Games – Board and card games are a staple of most vacations, be it at home or away. Make sure to pack your favourite board games before you set off to your holiday spot. A few popular choices include Monopoly, Risk, Scrabble, Battleship, Clue, Catan, Jenga, Twister, Pictionary and 30 Seconds.
  • Music and the theatre – Find bands and shows at clubs or concert venues near you. Check the News’ around town section, or do a web search for shows in your area. You might just find a few interesting free shows, or stumble on a music festival with loads of bands to see.
  • Play golf or squash… or anything else you’ve always wanted to try – There are courses, fields and courts all over most towns, and you may even want to join a sports club for a few fun bouts.
  • Clubs … not not the dancing kind – Join a running club, photography club, workshop or martial arts studio – really anything you’ve ever wanted to try. It’s a great way of meeting new people, learning new skills and doing something fun to take your mind off of your busy, non-vacation life.
  • Pots, pans and plenty of pastries – Take a chance, dust off that old cookbook and scroll through that forgotten baking playlist you have stored on YouTube. Try out new and weird cooking skills you’ll never try otherwise. No time like the present.
  • Explore – Go out and try to find your town’s local restaurants and coffee shops off the beaten paths – you might find a few hidden gems. You might even want to take it a few steps further and look for weird and out there shops, discover a few great picnic and hiking spots, or search out alternative theatre or street music groups.
  • Go environmental – Join a clean-up initiative and help improve your environment. There are all kinds of groups looking for volunteers. Make it a social outing, talk to new people and have fun while helping your local clean-up initiative.
  • DIY – Paint the house, or make something you’ve always wanted, like a built-in braai or patio furniture. You’ll be surprised at how relaxing it can be working with your hands for fun.
  • Improve yourself – Learn a new skill by watching YouTube tutorials. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw, make arts and crafts, defend yourself, edit pictures, learn a new sport, or learn a new language. There’s literally a tutorial for everything out there.
  • Nap … just nap the entire day – why not? It’s your personal vacation time and if you want to sloth around the whole day, who can say anything different?
  • Blog … or vlog (video blog) – chronicle your entire vacation on sites like Instagram, YouTube and Gurushots. Learn how to do basic editing and ensure that people will love your photos and videos and want to follow all of your experiences. Then, throw away the boring bits.
  • Write – You can finally write that novel you always meant to write. You can even write a play or short film. Bonus points if you make your family and friends play it out.
  • Picnic in the park – There are very few things as relaxing as packing some snacks, taking along your favourite people and finding that perfect spot in a nature-rich park.
  • Tour the town – There are plenty of tourist attractions in most towns, no matter where you go this vacation. You’ll also always be able to locate one or two tour guides to show you a side of the town you’ve never seen before.


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