Baby it’s cold outside! Not exactly my favorite weather, I will take a beach over snowy mountains any day. Sometimes though we cannot travel or it’s just too cold/wet to go out and play. We call these opportunities “Staycations”. Grab your loved ones and have a special day where you do something new and maybe a little “weird”. Here are some Staycation Holiday ideas to keep you cozy and warm:
I spent three months in Europe last summer. As a lover of all things art, architecture, and history, my romp through the most famous cities in Europe had me living the fullest life I had ever lived. Everyday was a grand adventure – an exciting opportunity to taste an exotic food, to be overwhelmed by ancient cathedrals, to poke around foreign book shops, to climb foggy hillsides. Waking up wasn’t a chore and I fell asleep each night with the day’s memories floating around in my head.
Your to do list is reading like a novel. Instead of being in the best shape of your life you have Budweiser bloat. People are being dicks. You need to get away! Unfortunately, your next vacation isn’t for months. How do you keep from randomly crying in the supermarket or abruptly quitting your job? It is time for a STAYCATION. Don’t go anywhere. Just sit your cute fanny down in your own home and get your pamper on. Since this doesn’t require a spa, let alone a plane ticket, this is a great way to save money while saving your sanity.
Usually at the end of vacations I long for more. I’m sad there is an ending and that I must go back to the “reality” of life. However this time is different, and here is my story. I graduated from university two years ago knowing what my passion was, but like most college graduates I struggled finding a job that inspired me. I worked at a local shop in town and met an incredible group of people that I loved and respect immensely; however something was missing. I found myself having the same mundane routine everyday. The way I walked to work, my interactions with friends and family; it was like my life was on autopilot and I had lost complete control of the steering wheel. I was no longer inspired to create or try something different. I just existed and my days became thoughtless. I needed something to crash into to wake myself up.
The story of our journey to France could begin at several different points, but we’re just going to say it starts with a pair of gold hoop earrings- like any good story usually does. I was working as a waitress (to grow my 401K devoted to buying champagne, duh), and as I was delivering a horribly fattening sandwich to an Armenian guest, and I noticed a table of eight really beautiful girls had sat down on the patio.
Whose to say that you need to be by a mountain in Tibet, an ashram in India, or a temple in Jerusalem to have a spiritual experience? Today, on a crowded, HOT, Jerusalem bus, I had mine.
As I sat on the bus, tears fell down my face, as I opened my eyes to the beauty of this place called Israel, a place I get to call home. As I feel all that I have accomplished in over a month, all the experiences and beautiful souls that have entered into my heart, I can’t help but weep with a big smile on my face!
My dear friend Janine recently left her fabulous life in NYC to embark on journey to Russia (North Ossetia) . She packed her bags and even brought along her kitty cat to move across the world to a very foreign land. From learning the Russian language to adjusting to a more simple way of life, she is truly LLYOVing. She started blogging her journey and you can read all about her many adventures here: http://motherrussiaandme.tumblr.com/
When I was 13 years old, my parents put me on a plane to Chicago. Alone. 12 years later, I’ve traveled the world alone on many occasions. I’ve never been scared, never felt unsafe, never lost or bored. In fact, the more I explored the world on my own, the more I loved it.
The lovely folks at Diva Cup recently sent me a Diva Cup to try out and review on LLYOV. Many of our blogging and traveler friends had been raving about how the Diva Cup has completely changed their outlook on having a period while on the road, so I was super excited to try it out. I must admit I was a little scared at first to try the cup and was concerned about caring for the cup and it fitting properly. After a few attempts and a couple days in