Admit it. You’re tired of seeing beach photos on Instagram that you didn’t take. If you see one more family posed on the scenic overlook in front of a mountain range in your Facebook feed, you might not be able to stifle a scream. You’re home for the summer, in a place that feels a lot like South Dakota (and not the Badlands and Mount Rushmore side of it), and even that one poet you know took a whole month for a cross-country trip with her family.
You deserve a vacation. And we say you should grant it to yourself. Only don’t leave home. Take the tried and true (so much so that the English language allowed us to make up a word for it) summer staycation.
We have ten great tips to make the most of your summer staycation. Post that on your Instagram, baby.
1. Let Them Eat Berries
Treat yourself to berries. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. Whatever berry you might love to have but tend to pass by in the grocery store.
2. Summer Up a Book
3. Go to the Bahamas in a Haiku
What travel destination are you pining for? Try reading up on it and putting the details in some “dream haiku.”
4. Let the Little Trees Make You Happy
Buy an exotic dwarf fruit tree for your porch or deck. Lemon, lime, pomegranate, fig. It’s less than the cost of a nice dinner out for two.
5. Plant Wishes
Plant a small wish garden in a color that represents your wish.
6. Read Like You’re 12 Years Old
Get offline early in the evenings and spend the time reading the best ever children’s books and young adult books.
7. Get Into Something
Choose an intriguing topic to get into for a few weeks. Order a stack of library books or movies on the subject and maybe make a playlist. Summer themes are obvious choices: roses, kayaking, wild edibles, fishing. Or try a historical theme: Romantics, Medieval times, Victorian Age.
8. Get Wet
Play with water. Take a large basin filled with water out to your porch or deck. Bring various spoons, bowls, bottles—as well as things to make boats with, like paper, plastic, foil, and popsicle sticks.
9. Eat Breakfast
Make yourself a special breakfast of french toast or pancakes and serve it on the fine china. Remember the silver and a linen napkin if you have those lurking about the house.
10. Take a Walk on the Wild(flower) Side
Go on a wildflower walk and cut some blooms to bring home. Or just make it a point to actually cut some of the flowers growing on your property, and put them in a place where they’ll unexpectedly make you smile.
Got other ideas for a great summer staycation? We’d love to hear them in the comment box. And we sincerely hope you’ll be eating berries while you type.
Treat yourself to a poetry reading every morning this summer.