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9 Ways to Pull Off a Vacation at Home (So You Can Instagram Some Cool Pics, Too)

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It’s about that time of the summer when the vacation posts you see all over Facebook and Instagram are starting to get to you. Everyone looks so happy and sunshine-y, and you would too—if you had saved more money or more vacation days or whatever it was that’s keeping you stuck at home.

Luckily, the internet is being useful for you today, because we looked for all the ways you could soak up the relaxation and fun without leaving the comfort of your home. After all, why spend money when you don’t have to?

  1. The number one rule of an at-home vacation is to treat it like a real vacation—and that means no working. (US News)

  2. One of the best ways to force yourself to take your mind (and your hands) off work things is by unplugging entirely from technology. (Experience Life)

  3. Order pizza and let yourself have an easy, fun night in—there’s actually an amazing selection of movies on Netflix right now. (Digital Trends)

  4. You can always put on the President’s summer vacation playlist to get yourself jazzed for the warm weather. (Rolling Stone)

  5. Remember all those books you said you’d get to when you finally had the time? Well, now’s that time—and there’s plenty of summer reading suggestions out there. (Real Simple)

  6. Just because you’re not at the beach doesn’t mean you can’t still soak up the calming atmosphere of a sandy retreat by the water. Recreate the environment yourself with realistic audio loops of nature sounds. (Calm)

  7. If you have a backyard, you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy the great outdoors, either. Here’s everything you need to know about camping at home. (BuzzFeed)

  8. What better way to top it all off with some awesome summer drinks, like a smoothie or a cocktail? (

  9. Finally, remember to keep it authentic: Set an out-of-office email message to make sure everyone knows you’re serious about getting some R&R. (The Daily Muse)