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What to Do on a Mini-Vacation

13 April 2021 UK No comments

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Who among us hasn’t come home after a long, hard day at work and said “Man, I need a vacation.” Unfortunately, we don’t always have the time or the money for a full-blown getaway.

Maybe you used up most your paid time-off recovering from a nasty bout of flu. Maybe you’re a prospective homeowner trying to save up a down payment for one of those Birmingham homes for sale you looked at last week. Maybe your kids just started a new year of school and you don’t want to interfere with their education.

Whatever the reason, your options are limited. That doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in a short but satisfying mini-vacation. What’s a mini-vacation? How do you go on one? What are you supposed to even do during one?

Keep reading to find out.

It’s Not the Size of the Vacation but What You Do with It

Does size really matter? Not when you’re measuring a vacation in days and dollars instead of rest and relaxation. Many of us have, over the years, built up the idea that vacations have to be this huge extravagance: a week at Disney World, selfies on the Eiffel Tower, a fortune won and lost a Las Vegas casino.

Often, however, the bigger a vacation is, the more stressful it becomes. You end up spending the entire trip balancing and rebalancing your budget, standing in lines for overpriced attractions, rushing through your itinerary in a mad dash to cross every item off the checklist. When you finally get home, you end up feeling more tired than when you left and most of the experience was just a blur.

Vacations are supposed to be a chance for you to get away from your stresses and responsibilities, to break out of the rat race so you can return home refreshed, renewed, and re-energized. Instead of dealing with the chaos and expense of flying across the country and paying outrageous hotel fees, consider something simpler: a weekend in a rented lakeside cabin, a quaint farmhouse B&B, or right inside your very own home.

4 Steps to Joy: Sleep In, Chill Out, Unplug, & Overindulge

Let’s get this out of the way right now: you’re not going to be coming back from a mini-vacation with a phone full of cool photos or an armful of tacky souvenirs. The pleasures of a mini-vacation are humbler, yes, but they can still have a profoundly positive impact on your peace of mind.

When was the last time you slept in? When was the last time you stayed in bed all day and didn’t get up unless it was to go to the bathroom or to eat a bowl of ice cream? When was the last time you said to hell with putting together a fashionable outfit, styling your hair, and looking your best? When was the last time you forced yourself to ignore your email notifications, social media alerts, missed calls, and text messages. If you’re anything like most people, the answer is probably “too long ago.”

For once, do only and exactly the things that you want to do, not the things you think you should do or the things that other people expect you to do. Go on a shopping spree. Sit on the deck with a glass of wine and a good book. Binge-watch Netflix shows until you can recite every line of Stranger Things dialogue by memory.

A mini-vacation might not seem like anything special. It might even seem like a waste of time. Worst case scenario: you wasted a weekend. The next one is just five days away.

Romantic Activities to Enjoy in Scotland

19 February 2020 UK No comments

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Scotland has regularly been voted one of the most beautiful countries in the world and rightly so. With dramatic mountainous landscapes, beautiful greenery and abundant wildlife, the country at the top of the UK has an undeniable charm. It’s this beauty that has made Scotland a great choice for couples looking for a romantic retreat where they can relax and unwind together.

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5 Things To Do In Edinburgh Scotland

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Next to some of the popular cities spread around England and Ireland, the capital of Scotland can sometimes be overlooked. Edinburgh doesn’t have quite the name recognition of London or Dublin, but it’s a beautiful and fascinating place in its own right. And like some of the other great cities of the British Isles it blends ancient influence and modern appeal in ways that can be wonderful for travelers.

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The most wonderful cities of Switzerland

20 July 2017 Switzerland 1 comment

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When I was a kid, Switzerland looked me like a fairy tale … a country full of mountains, of green pastures, of snow-clad mountains, of wonderfully clean rivers, of blue lakes. Looking at pictures published in different magazines or on TV, it looked like cartoons. As I really loved the mountains, this was the wonder country I dreamed of. So, it was not any surprise that one of the countries I ever visited was Switzerland. Did it disappoint me ? Not a second. Obviously, Switzerland does not mean only mountains and lakes, it also means some classy cities. Actually, if the rural area met my wonderland expectations, the cities or the towns were actually the ones which surprised me because almost each town is a real open-air museum. That’s why in today’s articles, I plan to share with you some wonderful Swiss cities I visited to inspire you to visit at least some of them.

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Shopping Tour through El Born

14 September 2016 Spain, travel stories 1 comment

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Do you want an El Born tour that will make you feel like a real local Catalan? Well, Independent Boutique Shopping Tour through El Born will give you just that. This is a walking tour that will take around 3 hours. If you are a shopaholic, then this will test you shopping limits due to the variety of boutiques & designers in Barcelona.

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