A weekend get away to recharge your batteries
A change of scenery
A weekend away
Are you in need of a break, but have very little leave up your sleeve? Most of us never have enough leave available to cater for little breaks during the year. If you are like the majority of workers you need to take some of your leave over the Christmas break, as the boss does not want to pay for the business to be open simply so that you do not lose your leave. Being an expensive time of the year to go away, most of us stay home. And so the year starts all over and you find the weeks slipping away with you not having gone anywhere for quite some time.
But do you really need to take leave to give yourself a well-deserved break and go away or can you do something else?
Why not simply take a weekend to have some time out. A night, or two, in town may just be what the doctor ordered to recharge those batteries. And it sure beats staying home yet again to do the house work and all those other mundane things one has to do around the home.
If you live in town, you may simply want to escape to the country, but that is for another day. For now lets look at a city get away.
Depending on the major city you live near, will determine what exactly you are able to do. We live near Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) so have obviously focused on a weekend get away in Melbourne.
Time to pack your suitcase
Visit a major city
A weekend in the big smoke can be exciting and not cost you too much.
With a bit of planning you should be able to snag a great bargain, particularly if you pick a time of year when there is no major sporting or other event on, with respect to accommodation. Cities have plenty of accommodation providers and most of them offer great deals during the quieter periods. With lots of different websites offering the opportunity to book, it does pay to do a little research on prices, as there is a bit of variation. Some hotels even offer to match or better an online deal if you contact them direct. This is one of those times you will find research pays off.
Once you have picked your hotel you may want to plan what you are going to do, or not, depending on the type of person you are. Some like to simply do things on the spur of the moment whilst others need everything planned right down to where and when they will have dinner.
Of course the type of hotel you book will no doubt influence what other things you are going to plan over the weekend.
Some hotels offer indoor pools, spas, gyms and even tennis court, which means you may not want to, or need to, leave the hotel at all. Everything is at your fingertips and all you have to do is get to the accommodation, park your car and leave it in the garage for the weekend.
Free things to do around town
Now of course each city is different, but there are similarities with what is on offer in a large city.
In Melbourne a great activity to do, is hop on the free city circle tram. Not only is it a great way to see the city, but it also provides color and entertainment on a number of other fronts. Being an old fashioned tram, you get trundled along the grid of Melbourne in near walking style pace. Many a tourist and local uses this service, which means there a plenty of people one can observe (great for the writers among us).
Other free activities include a stroll in the parks. Most cities either have a botanic garden or other type of park for people to while away the time in. When was the last time you explored the botanic garden in your city? Can’t remember? Give it a go.
Art galleries are another feature of cities many people do not utilize. Many of them have permanent displays that are free to view and special events one pays for. Depending on your budget you no doubt can spend hours exploring your cities art gallery.
Melbourne itself has a fantastic art gallery. Whenever we visit we are amazed by the sheer number of displays one can look at as well as the quality of the artwork on display. Currently we have art on display from China. Well worth a visit. And of course there is something to do for the kids as well.
Still in need of more things to do?
Stroll amongst the many markets most cities offer, as well as street stalls or simply explore your city on foot.You will be amazed what you will find once you leave your car (or public transport) behind and rely on your feet. Don't just stick to the main roads either, go down the little alley ways and streets you have not been in before.
Libraries in cities are also often well worth a visit. It is relaxing and fun to simply browse the large number of books these buildings house.
Doesn't have to be Melbourne
There is always an abundance of eateries in any city. For the more adventurous amongst you why not try a restaurant offering a different cuisine? In Melbourne we are spoiled for choice with numerous Japanese, Chinese, Italian and many other types of restaurant. Even those of you who do not want to spend a huge amount on food will no doubt find some excellent budget type eatery.
For our weekend we chose the Brau Haus, a traditional German restaurant at South Wharf for a relaxing Sunday lunch. Dinner was had in the hotel, more for convenience than anything else. And we were not disappointed.
The food was great as was the service. With Melbourne putting on an excellent Sunday we could sit outside and watch the boats on the Yarra, the cyclists cycle by and the people on foot stroll along the promenade. All this over a beer and some great German food (except the Spatzle, they are not what I would call traditional German spatzle).
On the way back to the car, as the day was coming to an end, we stopped at an ice creamery to finish the weekend with a huge Italian type ice cream.
Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier Dunkel
No more excuses
It may sound short, a weekend away, but it can do wonders for your mind, body and soul. A change of scenery, being away from the mundane all add to the feel of it being a mini holiday.
Don't put it off and find reasons why you can't do it.
Get out there and explore your major city.