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How to deal with holiday envy

Published December 26th, 2014

Having a staycation in your city or town? Hanging at home with your parents and the cats? No matter how cute and fun Mr Tiddles is, if your social media accounts are filled with neverending selfies of mates on beaches, friends in far-flung places or, most annoying, frenemies living la dolce vida overseas, it’s not hard to get a severe case of FOMO from your Facebook feed or Insta updates. We feel you. We do. So here’s how to deal with holiday envy so you and your phone remain in one piece after the Christmas break.

 

 

Take a fakecation

Yep. It’s a thing. The #fakecation is the vacation you wish you were having IRL. Stop scrolling through the filtered shots of tanned thighs at the pool and put your phone to good use by placing yourself where you’d rather be. Put yourself in the action and photoshop your way to a drool-inducing vacay. No design skills required; the more lo-fi the post, the more the lols!

 

 

Make the most of your staycation

There’s no shame in being a tourist in your own backyard. And by backyard, we don’t literally mean your backyard. Check out all the things you’ve always wanted to do in your own city like that art exhibition that’s ending soon, that new bar that’s been rammed all year, or head to the outer ‘burbs to rifle through the secondhand stores that haven’t already been picked over by inner-city hipsters.

 

 

Go off the grid

While you’re detoxing from the Christmas excess, consider going cold turkey (mmmm, turkey) with your smartphone, tablet and computer for at least 24 hours too. (Well, maybe after the Boxing Day sales!) Free yourself from the updates and feeds and reconnect with yourself. After all, if you don’t know what’s going on out there in the big, wide world then there’s no FOMO!

 

 

Take inspo from the internet

Those posts of places you’d rather be? Don’t be a hater - add the info to your research about your wish-list holiday destination. Follow popular travel bloggers and photographers on Instagram for inspiration for future trips and take note of things you’d like to do and see on your own holiday.

 

 

Don’t get mad, get even

Getting away during the Christmas break is expected. Taking a vacay when everyone else has returned back to uni and work is so much more satisfying. You’ll avoid the high season price hikes on airfares and accommodation and make your friends and fam positively green with envy. Win-win!

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.