By Jane Burnett
Research has found that 52% of Americans didn’t use all of their vacation days in 2017. So chances are, you may not have been able to take a vacation this summer. But you don’t have to give up on having free time during the warmer months just yet.
Here are five ways to make the most of the remaining weeks we have left of the season.
Work from home on a Wednesday
This reportedly is even better than working from home on a Monday or Friday (because your manager might be more on board), for a variety of reasons: including the fact that you get the convenience of staying at home during the middle of the week, even though it hasn’t wrapped up yet.
So the next time you’re feeling burnt out this summer, consider asking your boss if you can clock in and out from home on a Wednesday. It might just be the break you need.
Take a long weekend
Call up a few friends and see if they’re available to take off on a Thursday and/or Friday and head somewhere special with you. Whether you decide to take a picnic to the beach, take a road trip to the mountains or go on a retreat, you’re sure to have a blast with the people you love the most. Get ready to make memories that will last for years to come.
Just remember, it’s crucial to book a place to stay before Labor Day weekend hits in a few weeks, and everyone is trying to get away for a long weekend of their own. Also, keep in mind that solo trips are a refreshing option.
Go on a “staycation”
Whether you take a day off during the work week to relax or take an entire weekend, consider going on a “staycation” where you live. It’s a great way to save money and carve out time for self-care and relaxation practices after a brutal week.
Get to know your surroundings a little better by visiting local attractions, dining at restaurants you’ve never been to before, and spending time in nature.
Throw a dinner party on a Saturday night
No time for a staycation or a long weekend? Why not get everyone together for a dinner party at your place? It can be as formal or as casual as you want— being surrounded by your favorite foods and people is what really counts, of course.
Just have everyone bring a different entree, drink or dessert (which, let’s be real, they can buy if they’re not ready to show off their cooking chops), and enjoy them as the night unfolds.
Spend time with your kids before the back-to-school season
Once your kids head back to college, that’s it! Unless they live at home and commute to school, chances are, you won’t be seeing them until Thanksgiving rolls around.
So you should make an effort to fit in a little more quality time in before they’re swamped with work, heaps of social plans and extracurriculars. This is a good way to tie up any loose ends after the summer months, which can feel both too long and too short at the same time.
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