Most of the time, when people are at the peak of their performance or their career, it seems like the only thing to do is to, as per that popular song, “work, work, work, work, work.” Of course, this can be admirable when it comes to meeting targets and deadlines, but there should always be a fine balance between work and your life in general.

One thing that you need to learn how to do is to “sit back, relax, and enjoy.” There are still many long weekends left for you to plan out that much-needed R-and-R; what you can do is to look into this list of activities fit for you and your schedules.

Staycation: indulge in arts, books, and more

As they say, home is where the heart is, and if you need to let your heart feel full and rejuvenated, you can always stay where your heart would always feel at ease.

You can grab the chance to catch up on reading and lessen your tsundoku-like pile (yes, there is indeed a word for those unread books you have left to pile up), or you can go back to the basics of sketching, drawing, or even painting and sculpting, and choose from hundreds of helpful videos online. You can also just chill on the couch and or bed (or even cuddle up with a loved one) to binge-watch series or films, old and new.

Visit a new province and go on a gastronomic adventure

Recently, an article highlighted the results of an online study showing that “Filipino food is ranked the 4th least popular cuisine in the world…with an average popularity sore of 36% across all the countries surveyed.” This might be a little discouraging but at least this survey has proven that Filipinos liked their own cuisine. Why not, right?

The country is teeming with staple foods that will definitely satisfy your palate and your tummy, and this can be a constant goal for that awesome food trip! Restaurant, food stalls, or kiosks as pit stops always for the win!

Appreciate Mother Nature and make memories in another island

There are people who are born to urban flaneurs and there are those who just love to be outdoors and be one with nature. Whether you are the former, the latter, or even somewhere in between, why not make the most of the time to slow down and appreciate the little details?

A quick Google search of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines will take you to a wide array of destinations fit if you yearn for a vacation that is definitely for the books. Palawan, as always, grabs most of the recognition for their scenic and mesmerizing islands. But if you don’t want to go mainstream, there are still so much islands left to discover and visit – Siargao, Iloilo, Cebu, Camiguin, Camarines Norte and Sur, Boracay, Siquijor, and the list actually can go on.  

Try something for the first time in a different country

Albeit a little nudge on the budget is needed, it is always worthwhile to learn more about a country and experience first-hand their culture and heritage. You may want to do this to be able to refresh your mindset and start anew. This can also be an opportunity to start ticking off boxes from your bucket list so as not to lose the optimism and just keep moving forward.

Whether you want to try a different cuisine, learn the basics of a new language, explore bodies of water, trek several hills and mountains, discover the beautiful wildlife, score both cheap and expensive finds, and many more, you can always count on these long weekends to make it possible, make it real.

While staycations can be fun and relaxing, with less planning to do and less budget to allot, there is also the charm of getting your mind off the usual routines and spaces. If you opt to go ahead and do the latter, know that you can count on AirAsia to achieve your plans without hurting your budget. You can always book cheap flights online to over 130 destinations with AirAsia, with promos that can cover your long weekends; lowest fares guaranteed.

Making time for leisure is part and parcel of a healthy lifestyle. That’s why, if you have the chance to work out a schedule for a vacation, go grab it and never regret it!

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