HOME FOR THE HOL­I­DAYS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WELCOME - JANA FRAW­LEY, NA­TIONAL TRAVEL EDI­TOR

This time next week we’ll be break­ing out the choco­late eggs, but­ter­ing hot cross buns and rev­el­ling in the joy of the four-day week­end. Per­haps you’ve tacked on some ex­tra days and will be high­tail­ing it to some­where fab­u­lous for a hol­i­day, but if you’re hang­ing around the house for a mini stay­ca­tion why not pre­tend you’re in an ex­otic lo­cale? Here are some tips for a mini-stay­ca­tion.

1 Think like a tourist: Itin­er­ar­ies are not just for for­eign coun­tries. Get out your di­ary, a map and a list of gal­leries and mu­se­ums, land­marks, pic­nic spots, hikes, shops, sport­ing and cul­tural events, and restau­rants and bars that have been on your to-do list for too long and flesh out a few days of tour­ing. Book as much as you can in ad­vance so you don’t miss out.

2 Re­mind your­self of Aus­tralia’s beauty: Visit or stroll around the parts of the city that our tourism bod­ies use in mar­ket­ing cam­paigns to lure trav­ellers. It can be easy to take these places for granted, but if you stand still and take it all in, you’ll be re­minded of the many wow mo­ments that are so close by.

3 Plan your next hol­i­day: Good Fri­day is one of two pub­lic hol­i­days where it seems there is al­most noth­ing open, giv­ing you the per­fect rea­son to de­vote your­self to a project. Sure, paint­ing the liv­ing room or weed­ing the gar­den are op­tions, but if you’ve got a big trip in mind but haven’t found the time to prop­erly re­search it, Good Fri­day’s the day. If you’re not re­li­gious, take the op­por­tu­nity to spend the day with your trav­el­ling bud­dies or fam­ily and by Tues­day you’ll be ready to visit your travel agent with some con­crete dates, a bud­get, and the frame­work for your next big ad­ven­ture.

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