The long summer holidays in the UK are coming to an end now, especially if you are tied into the school holidays.  It’s very easy to get sucked straight back into your ‘usual’ routines and living life as if you are on a merry-go-round.  If you’ve had a holiday, it will feel like a distant memory.  You may even be counting down the time until your next break.

What if you could extend that summer feeling for a little longer?  Try these suggestions and sprinkle the rest of your year with mini holiday experiences.

Think about the different elements of a holiday that you really enjoy:  What things do you find most relaxing?  What are the things that inspire you?  What do you love most about taking a break?

You may come up with some big things in this list, that are not simple to change.  Instead, focus on the elements that you could incorporate into your life, to extend that holiday feeling.  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Read a book – pick a novel where you can lose yourself in the story.

Eat alfresco, or go for a picnic – OK, you may not always have the weather on your side but you could make use of any nice days, and enjoy the experience of eating outside.

Swimming – if this is something you only do on holiday, make the effort to go now you’re home and its great exercise too.  You could always find your local outdoor pool for an added holiday vibe.

Take a leisurely lunch – whether on your own or with friends, enjoy some time out.

Go for a spa treatment – why limit these to holidays?  Either treat yourself, or work with a friend and give each other a manicure.

Go exploring – if you are anything like me, you still have loads of places left locally to explore.  Make a list and start checking them out – you’ll be amazed at the number of places you will discover right on your doorstep.

It doesn’t have to be anything big, the little things that are simple and affordable can really help you to keep your holiday spirit alive for longer.

Try it out for yourself by making a decision to book some time to do the things that you enjoy on holiday, all year round.

We’d love to hear how you get on!