We all know just how expensive taking holidays to a far away place can be, even going somewhere close to home can be expensive as well and if you can’t afford it you generally decide not to take time off for a vacation at all. However, you shouldn’t do that. Don’t let the lack of money stop you from taking well earned time off. There are things that you can do to have fun without ever having to leave home.

One thing you can do is sit down and think of all the places you would like to go, you know your dream vacation. Once you have a list of places to to your local library an check out some DVDs on these places and have a movie night exploring these places from the comfort of your own home. You can also check out books that are about these places as well as fiction books that might write about different adventures located in the place of your dreams. Experience the world without leaving home and spending one single dime.

Decide to be a kid again. It’s OK to do this and it’s a lot easier of course if you have kids to help you do it, but even if you don’t you can still do it. Come on, you know deep inside there is still that small kid waiting to come out. So go out and buy some Legos or a yoyo, maybe some Silly Putty, get a coloring book and crayons and do some coloring. Don’t forget about those paint by number kits either. No one is going to see you so who cares. Have fun being a kid. You’ve earned it.

Don’t plan for any meals during your time off from work. Just go with the flow. Don’t be concerned about what the food is going to be or when you want to eat it. When you get the urge for a certain thing go out and buy it or order pizza delivered to your home. Whatever you feel like at that moment, do it, get up and go out and eat what your are desiring to eat. You should be able to afford to do this since you are not spending any vacation money on travel or accommodations. So treat yourself.

Sit down and read a book you’ve always wanted to read, watch TV all day if you want, work on puzzles, crosswords, things you generally put aside the rest of the year because you don’t have time to sit around doing things that seem to be senseless. It’s your time, use it as you will.

Take this time off to get in touch with people you haven’t been in contact with for a while. Try and plan a casual get together with them or meet them for coffee or go out to lunch with them on one of your days you are vacationing.

You know what? Do not be afraid to simply do absolutely nothing at all. As much as our society tries to make it a sin to sit around and take some time off to sit around and do nothing, it really isn’t. Don’t listen to the cries of society and the advertisers trying to convince you that you need to be on the go all the time. You don’t! Stay off the computer, unplug the phone, whatever and take some time for you and only you, give yourself to reflect and to rediscover who you are.

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