A vacation spent on your home turf is called a staycation or as we Haitians call it, “Vakans Lakay”. It’s possible to have a better vacation at home, since you’re saving money on travel, lodging, and food. You can spend some of that money at a high-end restaurant or on a soccer game. There’ s no reason to be troubled if you can’t afford a week on a Jacmel beach. You can find plenty to do at home!

Avoid the stress of traveling, sleeping in a different bed, and paying too much to eat every meal at a restaurant. Spend that money on more enjoyable activities.

Enjoy your vacation at home “Vakans Lakay”:

    1. Spend the day at the beach. If you’re fortunate enough to live near a lake or the ocean, a day at the beach is a good way to spend the day. Work on your Zen or get some exercise swimming.
    2. Spend the day at the pool. Those without access to a beach can take advantage of the next best thing: the local pool. Splurge for snacks and live it up. Pool side naps can be rejuvenating.                                         
    3. Go for a long bike ride. Your bike might be hiding in the basement or the garage, but it’s ready to go. Add some air to the tires and go out for a long ride. Look online for bike paths and popular routes.
    4. Have a picnic. Whether it’s at the park, pool, or beach, a picnic provides a relaxing, enjoyable time. Pack your favorite foods and bring your favorite people. A bottle of wine can be a nice touch.  
    5. Attend a sporting event. Professional sports are exciting, but expensive. If an NASL, NBA or NFL game is out of your budget, check out the local high school team. Sports can be exciting at any level. Get your endorphins going.
    6. Read a book. It can be hard to find time to read when you always seem to be busy with work. Take advantage of your free time and relax with a good book. You might even find the time to get a library card. Then your books are free.                                                                                            

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    7. Visit a local museum or zoo. Most people go out of town to visit the zoo or museum. Now is the time to check out your local offerings.       
    8. Spend a day at the movies. Pack in three or more movies in the same day. The real cost is the food. Consider watching one movie, then heading out for lunch. You’ll be full and satisfied for the next couple of movies.
    9. Have friends over for a movie night. Stay at home and rent movies on demand. Invite over a few friends and tell them to bring their favorite snacks.
    10. Rent a boat. Rent a speedboat or sailboat for the day. Test out your skills and spend some quality time on the water.
    11. Check out a local band. Get out for an evening and enjoy the local music scene. A Haitian bal can help you enjoy the nightlife for a change of pace.                                                                                         
    12. Go out for a fancy lunch. Since you’re not spending money on a vacation, you might have the funds available to have lunch at that fancy Haitian restaurant. Splurge a little bit and enjoy yourself.          
    13. Work on your Kizomba, soccer or tennis game. You’ve always wanted to show off your dance moves, said you’d be great at soccer if you just had the time to practice. Now you have the time. Consider taking a few lessons and concentrate on improving your game.

A Vakans Lakay can be a better option than going out of town. The sights might be familiar, but you’ll have more money to spend on entertainment if you stay at home. Use your vacation time wisely, get out of the house, and enjoy your time off. Bon bagay!

About the Author: J.M. Lominy

Jean Lominy

Jean M. Lominy is the author of The Deadly Rose, The Fatal Rose, The Killer Rose, and more. He is a Registered Nurse, entrepreneur, and many other things that would take more than one page to write. Reach out to him if you want to know more. Lastly, he is Haitian all day, everyday.

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