I'm a freelance writer/photographer/filmmaker living in stunning Lake Macquarie. I am always on the look out for budget things to do for large families.
Published December 17th 2016
You don't have to travel to holiday
I used to travel a lot. Every time my husband and I look for a new place to venture to we spend a long time researching. We would watch countless YouTube videos and surf the internet for things to do and see. We would make lists of the things we wanted to do so that not one minute is wasted during our time at the destination.
Due to changing jobs and commitments at home, I cannot travel as much as I used to and to be 100% honest I really miss it. Lately, I have been thinking, why not treat my home city of Newcastle as a tourist destination? Like most people, I am so busy at home that I forget that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I had forgotten that people come to Newcastle for a holiday, tourists see and experience Newcastle and yet apart from going to the shops or the occasional market. I do not venture out and experience all that Newcastle has to offer.
So, I applied my travel research routine to Newcastle and its surrounding areas. Where I thought that I lived in a boring place with little to do and that the only things to do were weekend kids sports or going to the beach. I have discovered a whole new world and I have started to fill up my days off with sights and experiences and I am seeing Newcastle in a whole new light.
By being a tourist at home, even if it is just for 1 day every few weeks. I am not only finding out that there is so much to do, but I am finding that much-needed downtime balance that is getting me away from the daily grind.
Every week I have something new to look forward to and my family is having some much needed time together away from the laptops, tablets and phones. We are switching off from the internet and venturing out in our local environment and making memories together every week, instead of just a few times a year.
Some of the activities we have found so far are bushwalking at Mount Sugarloaf, exploring local historical suburbs, such as Cooranbong and Wallsend, local school fetes and fairs. Also, we have played bumper ball at Speers Point Park, watched movies outdoors at King Edward Park and found places we didn't know existed despite living in the area for the last 10 years.
It is the best thing we have ever done and perhaps you could give it a try and see what your local area has to offer. you might just be surprised.