The long weekend is in a few days! Do you have any travel plans this Holy Week? If not, then no problem! You can still make the most out of your time off even while staying in the city. Here are some staycation ideas that can make you feel like you’re on vacation even though you’re just at home:


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Eat outside. Eating in your dining room or going to your favorite restaurant may feel a little too common for vacation. Visit parks around the city and have a picnic instead! If you’re not up for driving around the metro, have lunch on your garden patio or enjoy a candle-lit dinner in your balcony. It may not be the same as dining beachside, but it’s something different!


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Plan a mini film festival. Why not kick your movie marathon up a notch? Instead of catching up on your must-watch queue, pick a theme and choose films depending on that theme. Make an event of it and prepare snacks or turn your living room or bedroom into a theater.


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Go off the grid. Something as simple as disconnecting from the internet can feel like a vacation. You’ll be surprised at how relaxing it is to distance yourself from laptops, tablets, and phones. Plus, you won’t have to feel like you’re missing out if you’re not constantly refreshing your Instagram feed! This is the perfect time to catch up on your reading as well.



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Tour around Metro Manila. Treat your Visita Iglesia as a mini tour. It’s so easy to overlook these churches most days of the year and miss out on their beauty. Plot out your station visit as spread out around the city as possible. Visit interesting churches like St. Pio’s Chapel in Libis. Who says you can’t meet your religious obligations and not get to know your home better?


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Make your own retreat. Holy Week is the perfect time to relax, reflect, and meditate. You don’t have to sign up for religious retreats to get in touch with your spiritual side. Pick a quiet place in your house and meditate. You can even do yoga exercises if that’s your thing. Write—don’t type—about your reflections; you might learn something new about yourself in the process.


You don’t have to be in Boracay or Singapore to make the most out of your Holy Week. After all, part of this holiday is all about discovering yourself. Staying at home can make your week all the more meaningful.


Have a blessed Holy Week!