The past month has been pretty shit. With Ben ending up in the emergency department twice in one week in March, follow up tests, uni essays due, and it being in one of my two peak work periods each year… I haven’t had downtime. I am keeping myself safely above water but I don’t feel happy.
Planning A Staycation
However, as I have a “normal” job and all that now, I realised that I am able to take time off work and not do anything of value. Woo!
Of course, I would love to get away, location-wise, but this is my year of catching up financially, and having only been in my job for just over three months, I am so NOT caught up from a few years of part time scrimping.
Staycation it is.
So I started Googling stuff for a staycation… and came across far too many posts full of printables to attach to bags of popcorn. And shit like that. Sure, it’s cute or whatever. But a label doesn’t mean I’m having a staycation FFS.
The next things I came across were lists like:
- Go to museum
- Go to park
- Eat cabbage
Ok, I made that last one up. Either way, they’re not really what I consider unique things…they’re just things you can do any time.
Same goes for eating out – I don’t really enjoy that. I also can’t sleep in on any day of the week – my body is so used to waking up early that it does it without thinking.
So far the only useful posts I’ve seen mention making sure your house isn’t full of annoying shit to start. So yeah, the week before I staycate, I will make sure the washing is up to date and I’ve cleaned the odd dish so you can really appreciate our bright orange benchtop.
I Live A Staycation Life
I think this is making it harder to plan (aka see the value in the staycation at all) by my lifestyle.
I live by the beach. I semi-regularly get to see the sunrise on a deserted beach alone. We hang out my candlelight a bit. We have bbqs with family over a fire pit and hang out for long evenings. We have breakfast bbqs at the beach. A favourite thing to do on weekends in make a faux movie pit and binge-watch our favourite tv shows. I go for walks in botanical gardens often. I trawl garage sales and op shops on the weekend.
This is my problem – nothing seems particularly special to make a week off any different from any other weekend for me.
(And yes, #FirstWorldProblems, I get it. If I don’t acknowledge it here, I expect someone will comment and tell me so. Consider it acknowledged, mmkay?)
I hate being the only driver in the house so I also don’t want to do tasks that involve much driving – because driving is a big chore to me and drags down the whole day. (So that lets theme parks out.)
After reading a lot of blog posts I’ve managed to come up with only a few ideas:
- Glow in the dark mini golf
- King Island walk (depending on the weather!)
- Mt-Cootha Gardens & Planetarium (I can’t remember the last time I went there – possibly as a really young kid)
- Two local take-away places for dinner – I like them enough that I actually don’t mind paying for someone else to cook 🙂
That’s all I’ve got after a lot of Googling.
What are your tips for a successful staycation? Have you written a blog post about it – tips or a recap or anything else? Please leave me a link!
And any specific advice for Brisbane or north Brisbane is also welcomed – because it’s my backyard and while I should know it, I feel stumped.