18 Aug 2013

Home, Sweet Home…

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As I’ve mentioned in one of my earlier posts, it’s been a long, long time since I went on a ‘serious’ vacation to somewhere far away from home. So, how do I stay sane amidst deadlines, assignments, projects, and so on without a holiday? Well, actually I do take holidays… Quite often, in fact… At home… ^^

Yes, yes, most people associate vacationing with travelling, staying at a hotel or at least a rented apartment or a relative’s house… as long as it’s far away from home. The whole point of a vacation is to experience a change of pace, a change of scenery… not the kind of things you can get by staying at home, no?

Well, to that I say ‘yes and no’. See, what I often do when I have several free days is stay at home (so no ‘change of scenery’) but then just laze around all day long (a definite ‘change of pace’). Sometimes I wake up at around 11 AM; I clean up the house just enough to make it look presentable; for food I make myself a sandwich, cook instant noodles, or call for delivery; and then I do nothing but watch TV, play games, read a book, or work on my crochet projects.

No, this is not healthy or proper behavior around the house; but yes, it gets my stress levels way down and after a couple of days like this, I feel totally refreshed. And, I don’t know if this works for everyone, but after every ‘vacation at home’, I always feel that my house feels much more comfortable than before. Maybe it’s because I’m seeing it less as a focal point of all my problems, and more as a not so bad place that can be quite fun.

Vacationing at home might not be for everybody… especially for those living with their extended family. But if you and your housemates are looking for a low-cost and easy vacation plan, nothing really beats this… ^^

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