So you’ve been looking forward to the holidays all year and now they’re finally here, guess what? You’re bored. Ho hum… what to do? Here are some cracking ideas that will keep you busy and make the most of your valuable time off.
If you’re lucky enough to live near the water, jump in the car or on a bus and make a beeline for the sea to take advantage of Australia’s incredible coast. A day of sun, sand and surf (with adequate sun protection of course!) will really make you feel alive.
Pack everything you’ll need before you head off so you’re not caught out without swimmers, a towel, sunscreen, thongs (flip-flops) for hot sand, drinks, snacks and reading material. If you’re nowhere near the beach you can still get your swim fix at a river, dam or waterhole near your place, or even the local pool.
Take advantage of your extra time and make the effort to sit down and think about what really matters to you, then set some goals and realistic steps to achieving those goals.
Aussies love their sport, and there’s nothing better than getting caught up in the excitement of a live game shoulder-to-shoulder with passionate fans.
Some of the nation’s favourites are cricket, AFL (Australian Football League), rugby league football, rugby union football, basketball, netball, soccer (yes that’s football for the purists) and tennis. So take your pick, book those tickets and enjoy!
Got a Netflix account (or cheekily piggy-back off someone else’s)? Great! It’s the perfect way to while away the time and make some inroads into your ballooning to-watch list. Bury yourself in an absorbing documentary and become an expert on a new topic, or binge-watch that hilarious new comedy series for some much-needed LOLs.
Book a massage or beauty treatment with a reputable therapist or salon and surrender to relaxation as your tension melts away at the hands of an expert. Choose the right type of massage depending on your needs – remedial/deep tissue if you’ve got some especially tight or sore spots that need a helping hand, or straight-up relaxation or aromatherapy massage as a treat for the senses.
If you’re on a tight budget there’s no need to miss out. Gather the supplies you’ll need for an at-home facial, manicure or pedicure, turn your phone off for a couple of hours and practice a little self-care.
This may sound daunting to the uninitiated, but even if your fitness is not as good as it could be, there are plenty of smaller mountains dotted around the country that might more accurately be described as large hills and only take an hour or two to conquer.
Make sure you’re wearing comfortable, supportive shoes, sunscreen and layered clothing so you can add and remove pieces as needed. And don’t forget your water bottle, some healthy snacks to refuel along the way and a camera or smartphone to capture the views from the summit – your reward for all that hard work (apart from the fab fitness benefits of course!)
One of the best things you can do with your time these holidays is schedule a Skype or FaceTime date with loved ones back home. Catching up and reconnecting (almost) face-to-face is so uplifting and your friends and family will be genuinely appreciative that you made the effort.
It’s a great opportunity to talk through any challenges you’re facing to get some trusted advice, or even just brag about your Aussie adventures if everything’s going great!