15 ways to recreate that holiday experience in your own living room…

Not going away this summer? Jealous that your Instagram and Facebook Feeds are full of pictures of sun-drenched beaches and umbrella-filled cocktails? Here are 15 ways to have a holiday at home this summer…

1 Replace your normal body lotion/moisturiser with suntan cream or after sun for that sweet coconut holiday scent.

2. Turn all the heating on and sit watching telly in your swimwear.

3. Steal Borrow some sand from a kids playground or building site, mix with water and rub it all over the back of your calves for that “just-got-out-the-sea” look. Spend all day complaining about how you have sand everywhere.

4. Learn a random foreign word every day and try to slot it into everyday conversation.

5. Drink every drink out of a fishbowl. Please remember to remove the fish first.

6. Try and fit a lilo in your bath. Extra points if you try to fit one in a shower.

7. Listen to “Despacito” on repeat. If you listen to commercial radio then this shouldn’t be difficult.

8. Try and fit time in your day for aqua aerobics, tug of war, darts and some party dances.

9. Get up at 5am to put a beach towel on your patio. Tut loudly at your neighbours if they do the same.

10. Take a “hotdogs legs” picture and post it on all your social media feeds. Even if you’re in your Christmas pyjamas in front of the telly.

11. Crack open a beer at 10am because “it’s almost lunchtime”. This one’s probably best avoided if you’re a bus driver.

12. Phone/text/whatsapp all your friends and ask them what the weather’s like “back home”.

13. When you’re in restaurants, randomly point at things on the menu rather than trying to pronounce them, whilst calling your waiter “SeΓ±or“. Try this in McDonalds.

14. Wear ridiculous clothes that you normally wouldn’t be seen dead in. Go on, pull out those garishly-coloured flowery trousers and team them with a “Son of a Beach” slogan t-shirt. Or float around in a kaftan and a big floppy hat.

15. Make sure all your meals are at least three courses. For true hotel buffet authenticity, leave all your food out on the counter for at least three hours before consuming.


What tips do you have for recreating that authentic holiday experience at home?



  1. noellekelly
    July 22, 2017 / 10:27 am

    Lol, very funny post

    • emfletche
      July 22, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks Noelle πŸ™‚

    • emfletche
      July 23, 2017 / 9:00 am

      We’ve all been there…

  2. July 23, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Lol! I’ll be doing this during my holidays as we aren’t going anywhere!!!

    • emfletche
      July 23, 2017 / 9:01 am

      Let me know how the tips work out πŸ˜€

      • July 23, 2017 / 10:58 am

        Will do! πŸ˜‰

  3. July 23, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Great post Em. I need this right about now…middle of Winter here and I am counting the days for my next holiday. X

    • emfletche
      July 23, 2017 / 9:39 am

      No 16 is to keep looking at your beautiful Cinque Terre pictures 😊

  4. July 23, 2017 / 11:09 am

    This is really funny and so practical for that home vacation experience! I’ll be trying these out during my vacation that starts tomorrow! And I have a giant sand pile in the back yard we had delivered for our grandsons. I can be sand covered for the entire week!

    • emfletche
      July 23, 2017 / 11:50 am

      Excellent – you don’t even have to steal the sand! Make sure you sprinkle some in your bedsheets for that all-authentic experience πŸ˜€

  5. angelanoelauthor
    July 23, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Bring on the sand and beach towels! #13 is my favorite. πŸ™‚

    • emfletche
      July 23, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      I always find pointing at the McNuggets and saying it very LOUDLY gets me served quicker…

      • angelanoelauthor
        July 23, 2017 / 4:09 pm


  6. July 23, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    HAHA! I loved this, especially the 3 course buffet being left out for a few hours tip! Hilarious! 🀣🀣🀣

    • emfletche
      July 23, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Of course, I’m not suggesting that that is the case in any of the hotels I’ve ever been to….

  7. July 26, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Now that was a bit of fun, on that note, though not in the sea there is a palm, so I shall just pretend! Have a good one Em πŸ™‚

  8. July 30, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Lol!!! Love this πŸ˜‚

    • emfletche
      July 30, 2017 / 9:51 am

      Thank you! I’m following as many of these as possible at the moment!

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