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Our top 5 staycation ideas - for when travel and vacations are not an option.
Spring holidays are right around the corner. For some of us, the idea of school holidays without travel plans can induce some stress. How on earth will we pass the time? How do we possibly keep the kids entertained? But the fact remains, a traditional holiday is not always on the cards for everyone. The travel costs, combined with accommodation, car rental and dining out, can really blow the holiday budget out to an unaffordable luxury.
Luckily, we have some ideas to get you through the Spring holiday break and they don’t involve plane travel or fancy hotels. Here are our top ‘Stay-cation’ suggestions;
Little adventurers - fun and adventure go hand in hand...and most of the best adventures happen outdoors. Like Richard Branson said, ‘If happiness is the goal - and it should be - then adventures should be a priority.’ Why not pack a back pack, jump in the car, or board the train and set out to the nearest national park. There are so many walks that are kid friendly and always marked as such. Going on a hike, or visiting a National Park is one of those cost efficient (most park fees are nominal) yet ‘oh so satisfying’ outings that you can never regret. Well, rarely.
Another great idea for mini-adventuring is Geocaching - basically a treasure hunt with something for everyone. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) AKA treasure, hidden at that location.
Be a tourist in your own town - have you ever had friends come to stay and then listened in as they planned their day full of tourist activities. Have you ever thought to yourself ‘they’ve seen more of my hometown than I have’? Sure these places may seem cheesy and overcrowded at times, but surely all those people can’t be wrong. These places of attraction always have so much to offer. Take a camera and take some snaps so you can make a tourist diary when you return home later that day. Whether it’s Taronga Zoo, or the NGV, or Uluru, if you live nearby pay these popular tourist sites a visit. And amongst all those tourists, you may even feel, just for a short while, that you’re seeing somewhere new!
On the water - unless you’re in the middle of Australia, without access to a pool or water hole, most of us live relatively close to the ocean, a lake, a river or even a backyard pool. Nothing says ‘Spring holidays are here’ than a day spent near water. And if you can find a pool, next to the ocean, then you’ve really hit the jackpot!
Happy Campers - Imagine camping without the discomfort and inconvenience and you’ve got Glamping. Now imagine Glamping without having to travel miles away. That’s right, you can ‘Glamp’ in your own backyard. Just set up a tent, grab a couple of mattresses and some comfy bedding (or sleeping bags if you don’t want to cheat entirely) from the house and spend the night under the stars. With just a tent wall separating you and the great outdoors. And a heater if necessary.
All aboard - Ok, this doesn’t entirely qualify as a ‘stay at home’ activity, but it doesn’t involve getting on a plane and it won’t break the bank...and it rates 10/10 for spontaneity. Pack a bag and some snacks and a map and head to your local regional transport depot. Take a bus or a train to a small country or seaside town - somewhere within your state that you’ve never been before. Other than a quick phone call to ensure there’s available accommodation somewhere (just to be sure you don’t get stranded), this can be an exciting, unplanned adventure for the kiddies and parents alike. Not only is this kind of trip really fun, but spontaneous activities are great for exercising creativity, thinking skills and adaptability.
As the weather warms and summer gets closer, even the small things can feel like a mini break from it all. A trip to the local farmers market, an ice cream on the beach, a glass of homemade lemonade (with a tropical umbrella of course) or a picnic in the park. There’s no need to embark on a trip to get that Spring feeling. Remember, wherever you go, whatever the weather, you can always bring your own sunshine. Happy holidays!
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