HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
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. 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. 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. 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.
JANA FRAWLEY, NATIONAL TRAVEL EDITOR