5 ways to max your bank holiday downtime

5 ways to max your bank holiday downtime

Get the most out of every minute with that extra day or two to relax and have fun.


1. Breakfast together
Whether it’s at home or you meet friends at a café, this is a wonderful way to stretch the hours and turn a usually functional meal into a social occasion. Pick a café near a park for a stroll afterwards, or check these 5 Savvy breakfast ideas to try at home.

2. Ban chores
Don’t waste two days spreading out the chores you usually get done on Saturday morning! Instead, make it a target to get the laundry and food shopping done by Thursday night and clean the kitchen and bathroom next weekend. It really will make your long weekend feel more special.

3. Have a mission
Set yourself a clear goal if there’s something you really want to do with the extra time off, like make over your bedroom or weed out all your unwanted clothes and either take them to a thrift shop or sell them online.

4. Friends united
Make a list of five people you love that you haven’t seen in ages. Meet one for coffee, another for lunch or a movie, have someone else over to dinner, etc. Even if you’re exhausted at the end of it, you’ll go back to work with a spring in your step.

5. House party
Be bold and invite a whole family or group of friends over for a 24-hour stay at yours. (Ask different guests to sort breakfast, lunch, dinner and activities, to share the load.) Even if they actually only live round the corner to you it turns a social visit into a wonderful adventure!

Savvy tip
Try our Weekend family time ideas, or our Savvy tips for quality time with mates.

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