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How to Take a “Stay-Cation” and Save Money

How to Take a “Stay-Cation” and Save Money

Vacations can be expensive, particularly if it involves booking flights, hotels and car rental and then setting aside spending money for both entertainment and usually a lot of eating out. A good method to save money is to have a ‘stay-cation’. No hotel bookings needed, no flights you can save some money by eating at home cooked meals and you can use all the ‘extra’ money saved to do things that you love. That’s already a huge saving. One thing that I found common is that many people have never truly explored their home city.

I lived and worked in London for 6 years, during that time, I may have passed many of the landmarks, but I never actually visited most of them. The same could be said for the 5 years I spent in working in Tokyo. Digging just a little deeper, it’s easy to discover plenty of hidden treasure troves of entertainment and things to do. Even if you’re not living in a big city, there may be that restaurant that you’ve never got round to trying out; or that gallery that you pass everyday but never found the time to pop in and explore; or the hiking trails that arch around your town. There’s plenty to explore.

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This Lifehack Lesson by Jennifer Brown-Banks provides you with a guide to plan your stay-cation and save you money. It’s free for the first 7 days after which it will cost only $1.99 to have unlimited access to the lesson.

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Here’s an excerpt from the lesson

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You work hard. You deserve to play hard too. That’s why it’s essential, in these stressful times, to rejuvenate for optimal physical and mental well being. But that doesn’t mean you have to go far to get away from it all. This lesson will share fun ways to explore inexpensive options to enjoy activities right in your local area.

In a tough economy, with the high cost of living and air travel safety concerns, stay-cations are becoming a popular indulgence for a growing number of individuals and families.

What Exactly is a “Stay-Cation”?

Wikipedia defines it as: “A period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance.” So consider… just because you’re technically “grounded” doesn’t mean you can’t discover new horizons and local pleasures to make your heart soar. If you’re on board, let’s explore a few ways to make it happen and save money in the process. Let’s get started…

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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