Greetings and salutations, My Beautiful Botanic Hobos.
In my 41 years on this earth, I have wandered through my fair share of botanic gardens and parks. There is something so relaxing and grounding to find a little pocket of nature tucked in amongst the high rises and highways.
Until I moved east for love (what better reason to pick up and move halfway across the country than a fabulous human that makes your heart sing?), my absolute favourite botanic garden was the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide Hills. Since moving here eight years ago, I have been delighted to discover two stunning gardens. The Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens is a seriously worthwhile day trip from Sydney, however, you can find natural beauty without needing to escape the city.
Situated at the foot of the Sydney Opera House, nestled between the Harbour and the historic CBD, the Royal Sydney Botanic Gardens is an oasis of calm amongst the throngs of tourists and busy locals jostling for position in Australia’s largest city.
Huh. That sounded like a proper travel writer or someone trying to sell the gardens on Craigslist. Not bad for a woman in a onesie who may or may not have already cracked open her first cider for the night. But my love of Somersby Cider and age-inappropriate attire aside, the Botanic Gardens in Sydney are a gorgeous sight to behold. Any time I have a little time to kill while I’m in at The Rocks, I take a wander through the lush greenery of the gardens and enjoy the harbour views.
If, like me, you are looking to live mindfully and bring the sense of being on vacation to your everyday life, there are several reasons you will love the parklands if you have not yet taken full advantage of them. Aside from the obvious natural beauty of the place, there are a myriad of things to do in the parklands.
My Darling Vagabonds,
If you know me, or have even spent more than five minutes nosing around this website you’ll know that I’m a big believer in being a tourist in your own town. And I’m sure that if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest or browsing the holiday pages in the Sunday paper you will have come across the term staycation. To those who haven’t already embraced the idea of ‘living and loving every moment’ a staycation is a thing you do where you do touristy things without leaving your own city. Sound familiar? That’s because it is. It is the very thing we’ve been aiming to do here by being tourists in our own towns. To me the term ‘staycation’ conjures up a completely different image than to other people.
So what does the term ‘staycation’ feel like to me? Staycation sounds like sleeping in, no appointments to run to, no house to clean, limited cooking to do and no guilt associated with taking the weekend off because I’m on staycation. To me a staycation sounds like a break from the real world. No one expects you to do any of those things when you go away on holidays, so why would you do them on staycation?
If you’re dreaming of having a break or are desperate for a little down time, you need to read on. Grab a cuppa, sit back and prepare to be inspired to find a weekend to kick back on and have your own staycation because here’s how it is done, Brunch Fuelled Vagabond style.
A proper, relaxing break takes planning and preparation. There is nothing less relaxing than being the one to do all the work or finding that you had intended to go for a swim in the pool but forgotten that you have to spend two hours fixing the filter first.
To prepare for your staycation you should do the following in the days leading up to your weekend off:
It feels like everywhere I look I am seeing the term Staycation. The idea of having a vacation in your own city has taken the internet by storm. If not a storm, then a well intentioned heavy shower.
And I just want to say two things – ‘called it’ and ‘why aren’t we doing this on a regular basis?’ Being a tourist in your own town should be a way of life, not something that we reserve for special occasions. You should go to museums and parks, eat ice cream at the beach and have breakfast at your favourite look out. But you shouldn’t save it all up for the one weekend when you make the effort to enjoy the world around you. Release your inner Vagabond and make the activities we often reserve for vacation a way of life. We do those things on vacation because we enjoy them and want our vacation to be memorable. It really stands to reason that we should do the things that are enjoyable and memorable on a regular basis instead of plodding through our lives waiting for the next designated fun time.
Unfortunately holidays can be expensive. It takes some of us all year (or longer) to save up to do the things we wouldn’t usually spend the money on because we’re determined to make the most out of every moment of our getaway. While the following list of ways to be a tourist in your own town is in no way definitive, it should give you a good place to start without having to break the bank and sacrifice your holiday savings.