UK temperatures seem to be on the rise, which makes the thought of staying at home that little bit easier. Many of us will have our travels cancelled or postponed this year, but that doesn’t need to stop you from getting into the holiday feeling.

Here’s how to pretend you’re on holiday, despite being stuck at home:

 

Make your garden a paradise

 

For those of you fortunate enough to have access to a private garden, balcony or courtyard - there are many ways to maximise this outside space to convince yourself that you’re abroad.

Firstly, ensure that it’s actually a place that you want to escape to for a few hours. Take the initial steps of mowing the lawn, priming the weeds and clearing the decking/patio space.

However, if you really want to push the boat out, you could look into purchasing sun loungers, barbecues or even a paddling pool to really capture those holiday vibes. With recent temperatures touching 30 degrees, you’d feel like you were abroad in no time!

 

Disconnect from technology

One of the best parts of going on holiday is the thought of completely removing yourself from work-related and daily life stresses. Whilst I’m not encouraging people to turn their back on work, it would be good practice to start disconnecting from technology for longer periods in the evenings or at weekends.

For example, if you’re hosting a BBQ this weekend, try leaving your phone inside and completely disconnecting from everything. If we can’t physically go on holiday, taking a mental break away from technology will be beneficial, even for a few hours.

 

Eat the cuisine

 

Lockdown has encouraged many people to test out their culinary skills or experiment with new recipes. You could take this a step further by transporting yourself to your favourite country via their cuisine.

For example, if you were dreaming about spending time on the Amalfi Coast this summer, why not host an Italian themed dinner party for your household.

You could whip up a bruschetta for starters, homemade pizzas for the main course and marry all courses with a delicious Italian wine and voila - you’ll feel like you’re in Italy for the evening.

 

Make your own ‘happy hour’

There’s nothing better than sitting on the balcony after a long day in the sun, sipping on an ice-cold drink before you start the evening activities. You could mirror this in your garden by hosting your own ‘happy hour’, with an array of exotic cocktails or mocktails.

Want to feel like you’re in Cuba? Make a mojito.

Would you prefer to be in Spain? Rustle up a jug of Sangria.

 

Learn the language

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in a new culture is to pick up phrases from their native language.

We might not be able to jump on a plane to another country to learn the language firsthand, but that shouldn’t stop us from picking phrases up at home.

DuoLingo is the free language-learning app that acts like a computer game, making it extremely straightforward to use. Plus, learning a language now will better prepare you for future travels, for when the non-essential travel ban has been lifted.

 

It can feel disheartening knowing that international travel is currently off the cards. But, we have to remain optimistic and remember that this is all temporary and that we will be able to travel again in future.

Until then, we should remember how great our home turf is; here’s the destinations in the UK that make you feel like you're abroad, to add to your staycation bucket-list for future.