Bonus: Staying safe at home might just win you an actual holiday to Langkawi with your family
In partnership with Redoxon
While staying safe at home to flatten the pandemic curve is a necessity during these unprecedented times, there are still ways to give yourself the year-end break you deserve. From connecting with family over exotic feasts to making the most out of our own balconies and backyards, here are a few ideas on how to make a holiday-at-home count.
And besides, if you do your pandemic civic duty, you might just be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip in 2021. Read on to find out how.
Turn off your devices
A big part of what makes holidays so restorative is checking out from work and your daily social obligations. While working from home has been a big part of this year, it’s still possible to achieve tech-free zen without leaving the house. Put the world on hold by turning off your WiFi, putting your phone on airplane mode and enjoy being off the internet. Pick up a book, turn up that vacation playlist and settle into the backyard, balcony or your favourite armchair. Working with your hands is also a great way to tune out – consider drawing, colouring or even pruning all your house plants.
Soothe body and mind with food
Whether you make it yourself or order delivery, treat yourself to a scrumptious, healthy meal at home, and enjoy it with your family without distractions. For an added layer of fun, go for a travel theme in your cuisine choice and table décor. You’ll feel connected to your future travel destinations and your body will thank you for fueling it with an unhurried, delicious meal. And for an extra dose of health afterwards, complement your meal with immunity-boosting Redoxon Double Action, containing vitamin C and zinc. Purchase through the Bayer official store on Shopee and use the code BAYERED10 for 10% off on Redoxon products. Promotion valid till 31 January 2021.
Stoke your wanderlust with a movie
Even though we can’t – and shouldn’t – travel much, we can still live vicariously through the characters, plots and settings of movies, which can tide us over until we can hit the road again. Here are a few favorites to watch when you feel in need of an escape. Immerse yourself in the forests of Alaska with Into the Wild, a Tanzanian safari with The Bucket List, the boulevards of Paris with Amélie or the volcanoes of Iceland with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Once the pandemic is lifted and tourism is reinstated, you can venture out and make your own version of these movies.
Go on a camping trip – in your own backyard
A change of perspective is half the fun when it comes to taking a holiday, and a camping trip at home will make you see your humble abode with new eyes. Borrow or buy a tent. Pack drinks in thermoses and snacks in Ziploc bags. Bring sleeping bags, blankets, flashlights and mosquito repellent for everyone. And arm yourself with enough ghost stories to thrill the little ones way past their bedtime.
Take a spa day
Though hitting the spa is probably not a good idea right now, there’s a lot of self-care you can do at home. Pick out a selection of essential oils in scents you like, be it calming lavender, rose oil or chamomile or perhaps energising peppermint or lemon verbena. Then draw a warm bath, sink into it, and let Mother Nature do her botanical best for you.
Take lots of pictures – and win a trip
Holidaying at home is probably not your first choice, but you’ll no doubt treasure the memories of this most unusual year-end season with some fantastic family shots. And if you need more reasons to do it, here’s one more: share your pictures with Redoxon to stand a chance to win an all paid expenses 4D3N Family trip to Langkawi and a Redoxon Immunity Kit. Contest ends 31 December 2020.
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