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8 fun staycation ideas

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Posted on Friday, November 8, 2019

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It’s normal to feel a little FOMO when everyone goes on holiday over the summer and you are staying behind. Whether it’s work commitments, financial restraints or family, if you are not going away this year, there are plenty of ways you can make the most of being a local. 


Living in South Africa, we are lucky to have a wide range of natural beauty spots, historical sites and bustling city streets to choose from all around us – so do a little research and put together a list of great staycation ideas that will keep you and your family busy and entertained, and create memories that will carry you well into the New Year. 


1. Visit a heritage site


South Africa has a long history with many buildings, sites, monuments and areas dedicated to the people and events that have shaped this country. No matter where you live, there are bound to be some nearby heritage sites that deserve a visit. They also provide an excellent way to educate the next generation about historical events. 


2. Take an art or cooking class 


Nothing will take you out of your daily routine like an art or cooking class. Always wanted to bake better, or learn how to work with watercolours? Book a short course in something that interests you, and spend a few days learning a new skill.


3. Back-garden movie night


The weather is fine, so why not set up a movie in the back garden? With a blank wall or sheet as a screen and a projector, you can cosy up outside and enjoy an old classic while picnicking with some of your favourite people. 


4. Visit a famous local tourist spot you’ve never been to


Live in Cape Town and never been up Table Mountain? Or never visited Gold Reef City, even though it’s not that far away? There are famous tourist sites everywhere that can provide loads of fun things to do on a staycation. You might have to pay, but be sure to mention you are a local, you may be charged less than the tourists if you have your ID on you – not everywhere, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. 


5. Walk the city streets


Turn off your Google Maps and just wander the city streets on foot. You’ll be surprised at how many new places have cropped up and how much you enjoy the atmosphere when you’re not rushing from meeting to meeting, or trying to dodge the traffic. Walk around the city, pop into free art galleries and pop-up shops, and eat somewhere you’ve never been before.


6. Go offline


If work and family allow, take a few days to detox from social media, put an out-of-office on your email and cut right down on screen time. Getting rid of the reminders of the time helps you to destress from the daily grind that you are so used to. You might not be away, but you can switch off just as easily, even if it’s just for a day. You’ll feel the benefits. 


7. Keep an eye out for discount offers


The best staycation ideas are the ones that save money. Look out for concert tickets, theatre shows, festivals and markets that are popping up near you and take advantage of any discount offers that are made on tickets or entrance fees. Last-minute offers are often the best, so sign up for local newsletters and Facebook pages for events that interest you. 


8. Tackle a house project


There may have been a project or two that you’ve wanted to take on around your house for years, but have just never got around to. A staycation is a perfect time to tackle something like this. 

The information contained in this article is for information purposes only and does not constitute professional advice.



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