Florida’s warm, summer months are perfect for a spur-of-the-moment vacation, but who says you actually have to leave the comfort of your home to find it?
Traveling can be incredibly expensive. If you, like most people, are working with a budget, it can be difficult to find the wiggle room for a comfortable cruise or trip up north. Staying local (really local!) and spicing up your home to create a tropical getaway is the next best thing. Plus, you can invite everyone you know to come with you – it’s as easy as a drive down the street. Here are a few frugal ways of turning your home into a summer “staycation”:
- Hang a hammock
If you have access to a couple of trees, put up a hammock to relax in. Read a book, enjoy a glass of lemonade, and just enjoy the good feelings. Hammocks are comfortable places to take a late-afternoon nap as well – just don’t let yourself get caught in a summer shower!
- Get the most out of your bedroom
Most people find they sleep much more comfortable on vacation than any other time, so don’t let yourself get left out. Consider putting a memory foam pad on top of your existing mattress for extra support, which will give you sounder sleep. And, if you have a window facing east, keep the blinds open at night. Being woken up gradually by natural sunlight will make you feel more rested and energetic the remainder of the day. And the best part – you can keep these changes even after your staycation is over.
- Start a small project: the bubbling, relaxing fountain
It’s no big feat – anyone can install a quiet fountain outside their home with a little research and a small amount of cash. All you need is some large stones, a water pump, and some regular municipal water, and you can find countless unique designs online. Plus, once it’s up, you’ll be able to relax to the sounds of a babbling brook every day and night.
- Update your outdoor furniture
Nothing is less relaxing than trying to settle down on some wicker patio chair that is seconds away from collapsing. Investing in some good-quality exterior furniture can save you a lot of hassle – and they’re perfect for watching a sunset out on the deck while enjoying the company of family. Plus, nearly all outdoor furniture comes completely water resistant, so you won’t have to worry about bringing it all inside when the first drops of rain start to come down.
- Add colorful flora to your home
Putting in flowers and foliage that are bright in color will totally transform the look of your home. Most plants require little handling and work, and many flourish in the summer months, so your August staycation is the perfect time of year to spruce up your home and garden.