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.
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 “Señor“. 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?
I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…