By Nthabiseng Moloi, MiWay Head of Marketing & Brand

Staying at home for the holidays can be fun too… and a LOT less stressful

Holiday season is just around the corner, which for many means bundling the family into the car and trekking cross country in search of sun, surf and relaxation. Given the frenetic nature of December and the crowds that inevitably descend on every inch of the country’s coastline, the festive season can often end up being a tiring, expensive experience that leaves many in a decidedly less than restful state.

What is the solution for those in search of some budget-friendly R&R?

You do not need to look very far to find the answer. In fact, there is no better time of year to soak up the spoils of your own backyard. Not only have holidaymakers left city roads and shopping malls blissfully empty (good news for those seeking out last minute Christmas gifts), but you are also afforded a unique opportunity to explore your own city and catch up on all those outstanding tasks that you have been putting off all year long.

So, if you are feeling the FOMO this season as your friends and colleagues set off into the summer sunset, here are a few ways to make this year’s staycation a fun and productive one:

Explore your home town

Ever paid a visit to the local farmer’s market? How about that museum you have been meaning to go to for years? Now is your opportunity. With the crowds thinned and time in abundance, you can finally explore some of the unique sights and sounds of your own city and become a tourist in your own backyard.

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Spring clean

Summer might already have arrived, but the holiday season is the perfect time to do a bit of spring cleaning. Not only is cleaning out your cupboards and decluttering your life extremely therapeutic, but it can also be of benefit to others.

Up the feel-good factor by donating your unused goods to a nearby children’s home or shelter – it’s an easy and fulfilling way to give back over the festive season

Plan a fixer-upper session

Additional time also means that you can now get around to sprucing up your home. Whether you have been eyeing a new living room, a pool or simply a fresh coat of paint, ’tis the season to finally tackle that home improvement to-do list.

Get fresh

Looking for ways to improve your health and your bank balance in 2019? Why not start a vegetable garden? Not only will this enable you to ensure that you are eating only the freshest produce, but it is also a great way to combat ever-increasing grocery costs.

Relax

Holidays can be stressful. There are people to see, places to go and seemingly endless activities on offer. The beauty of a staycation is that it affords you the opportunity to simply relax and pack in some much needed downtime before the stress of the new year kicks in.

So make sure to schedule in a few days of doing nothing at all this holiday – you will be grateful for it by the time 2019 rolls around.

Plan ahead

The downtime afforded by a staycation also means that you can get a jump start on the new year and tackle everything from finances to back-to-school supplies before the chaos ignites again. It is also a great time to revisit your insurance policies, as it is likely that certain things have changed over the course of the year.

Perhaps you married or made security enhancements to your home – all these factors could contribute to a reduced monthly premium, which will help you to start 2019 on a firmer financial footing.

For more information on home- and home content insurance visit www.miway.co.za.

MiWay is a licensed Short-term Insurer and an Authorised Financial Services Provider.