The Brisbane River is right at my front door. What is at yours?
Don't we all need a break from the computer, and all the distractions of our ordinary lives? Sometimes we cry out for a break, but we just can't afford the time, the money or the emotional strength to plan a week or two in some exotic location. We're too busy creating exotic locations for our heroes.
Why not just make your weekend, or a couple of days off, really special by having a 'staycation?' Stay at home, yet feel like you're on vacation. I like it.
For me, a staycation is just the ticket to help inject some excitement into my usual routine. It also helps keep my budget in check by exploring my neighborhood and nearby areas rather than jetting off to another state, the tempting off-shore islands or far-away Europe. It's also good mentally to get out and about, we might even find the odd story idea.
Australia is far away from everything, but living in Brisbane, I have access to many great tourist spots, beaches, restaurants and parks, and it's surprising how fresh and new it seems when I go out of my way to become a tourist, not a resident. So take the time to investigate what's in your neighbourhood; you might just find a surprise or two as I have.
Here are a few suggestions for creating a little vacay for yourself without straying far from home. I'll concentrate on indulgence as I have a flair in that department...
Let's start with the pampering, because that's just what we need after writing ourselves silly all week.
Visit Your Local Spa
This can be the most super indulgent of treats. Never been? As L'Oreal says -you're worth it. A spa doesn't have to break the bank if you do your research. What better reason to give it a shot while you're on your staycation? If your staycation includes staying at a luxury hotel for a night or two (lucky you!) choose a pamper package, where the spa treatments are included.
If your idea of a staycation is to stay in, you can also create your own spa settings at home to indulge in whenever the mood strikes. Gather some glorious scented candles, some bubble bath containing exotic ingredients, a soft bath pillow, your favourite relaxation music in the background and you're ready to dream. Glass of wine optional of course - bring on the bubbly for me! Warning! Try not to fall asleep.
If all of the above are out of the question, get the luxury French linens out of the cupboard (or go buy some with the money you've saved), decorate your bedroom just as you'd like it, then put on a face mask and read a great book! I like that too!
I call it my 'French Dinner' when I break open a fresh baguette, slather on the runny brie/camembert, top it with duck liver pate and pop a muscat grape in my mouth for that bit of sweetness I like. Not forgetting bubbly to sip between decadent mouthfulls. You might be more creative. Even I am at times. I'm a dessert freak and there's nothing like a French Creme Brulee with strawberries and chocolate suace. Yummm. Try it. The opportunities are endless and the rewards are priceless. Yeah, I know, the scales, but we have to forget about them occasionally!