Freelance journalist writing about nature, different people & places - currently rediscovering travel through my children's eyes.
Published November 26th 2010
Feeling in need of a weekend break but can't afford to get away? Can't be bothered packing up half your household items and braving the traffic out of town? Why not have a resort holiday at home?
Although it may sound a lame version of the luxury you had in mind, the secret is in capturing the essence of a great holiday, letting go of the usual chores and treating yourself, without leaving your front doorstep.
First set some ground rules so that you don't slip into the normal weekend grind. Tell friends and family that you're going away so you don't get tied up with functions. Turn down invitations to your children's friends' birthdays, turn off your computer and ban work calls and housework. As a general rule, if you wouldn't do it if you were away, then don't do it when you holiday at home.
Now the fun part. Start the holiday as soon as you arrive home from work on Friday night. Imagine you have just arrived at your destination and let the stresses slip away.
Grab a drink, put your feet up and have a chat to your partner, your kids, whoever you have chosen to come on holidays with you. Have a bath, if you like baths, light the candles and relax.
Cook up a storm, if you love cooking – if not, order a gourmet meal to be home-delivered or go out for dinner. Babysitters are okay, if you have kids. Party all night or drift off to sleep with a book, whatever takes your fancy.
Spend your days sleeping in, go out for breakfast, book a massage, check out the local landmark/ park/walk that you have never managed to visit, drive to the nearest beach, café strip or shops, sit down and relax. Swim at the local pool, kick a ball, fly a kite. Rest in the afternoon or power on through, it's up to you.
Do not - I repeat - do not, nip up to the hardware store to finish off that home reno.
By the end of the weekend, you'll be rested and relaxed. And the best part? You don't have to battle the highways with other holidaymakers or unpack your bags on Sunday night.
By kimgr - reader Monday, 22nd of November @ 08:08 pm
That is a really good idea, but what about when you get home and then you have all that housework to do? Depending on your age, just get your mum to be the maid and she can do it all!Joking lol. This is a really good idea though, gets you all relaxed and you can pretend to be anywhere you like.
By Lil Uni Girl - senior reviewer Saturday, 1st of January @ 03:07 am
You're so right. I get so caught up with all the stresses in my life that I forget to listen to the signals my body is sending. I think I'm going to do this every now and then just so that I can regain my sanity and reboot my system.
By Ketki - senior reviewer Monday, 21st of February @ 12:33 pm
I loved the comment about battling the traffic, always the worst thing about a weekend getaway. Can't wait for University to finish to just sit back and relax on a holiday and may even try this when money is tight. Thank you for the great review.