Monday, 22 August 2011

Holidaying in your own city

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The family trip away didn't eventuate. Despite my great planning efforts and the full day of packing and the big build up, Dew Drop spent all of Wednesday night 'riding the porcelain bus' preventing the five hour car trip to the snow that was scheduled to commence on Thursday morning. That kid is a viral magnet.

Another one bites the dust. We were confined to a minibreak at home. I have to admit that I was a little glum about it to start with, but got into the swing of it. Afterall, we had all the ingredients for a fun holiday at our doorstep, and that did have the benefit of avoiding a road trip with four whinging children!

We decided that holidays are about spending time together and doing things that you don't normally do. So instead of cooking dinner, washing clothes and mopping floors (she says as if she is a domestic goddess!), we had take-away and picnics, bushwalked, frequented an indoor play centre, visited the Powerhouse Museum and other 'city' activities and had a fantastic game of putt putt golf.

The kids got lots of exercise and had new experiences.

We had a break from the norm and release from the gridlock.

If I could just get over the money we spent on the accommodation we weren't able to use, I reckon I could say that it was another great holiday with four kids.

Have you holidayed in your own city?

17 comments:

HappyHouseWifey said...

yes, Hubby and I had a "weekendd away" at a Tourist Park only 25min from where we live, and 10min from where we used to live. I was still breastfeeding 3 times a day, so thought it would be easier to be closeby so only had to express a few times, but could visit bub once a day for a quick feed. We went to some places we hadn't been to before, but it was more important for us just to not be at home where we felt pressure to "do". People thought we were a bit insane to spend the money on accomodation, but at the time it was whay we needed :)

Eloise said...

oh you poor thing! On the second day of our 'crossing the Nullabor' trip we ended up in Norseman hospital with a dehydrated and vomiting boy (too much sun and swimming in Esperance!). Thank god he recovered quickly or that would have been the trip from hell as we had another 4 days in the car to go. When we lived in Perth we would often go camping within an hour of where we lived. As long as the kids are in a tent they don't care where we are, its all a big adventure to them! So far in Melbourne we have holidayed at Daylesford, Anglesea and Phillip Island but they are between 1 to 2 hours from here. I haven't visited the Powerhouse Museum yet when I have been in Sydney so will have to schedule that one in for my next visit :)

ClaireyHewitt said...

Our last holiday we decided to have a Staycation, it was really great but we confirmed some rules before hand.

1) we ate out lots, just like we would if we went away.
2) we went somewhere new every day
3) limited housework is completed...even less than usual.
4) the grown ups each got a half day to go and do their own thing...day spa for me, swanky golf club for him.

It really worked, accommodation and travel are the big killers for us so we ended up really enjoying our own city.

Coal Valley View said...

Oh multiple mum, I am laughing only in sympathy because it is so so hard with 4 kids. There's always 1! We attempted a little trip to Canberra the last long weekend - how hard could it be? Just a few hours away and even staying with friends to cut down costs. BUT, one of ours woke up and couldn't walk (nasty virus) so no point going since we were going to do a huge amount of walking, cycling around the lake etc. Anyway, we stayed at home and did the same as you and the powerhouse museum too. Did the kids love Zoe's house? We were totally bummed but the kids didn't care one bit as we were still having fun!!!

Chantel said...

Sounds like you had a great unplanned holiday! I have done this when we were living in the UK. We came back to Perth to get married and brought 12 of our UK friends with us, so were able to all the fun Perth things (yes, there is some :o)) and see it through the eyes of tourists!

DancingInTheRain said...

Yes, we have done the staycation too. I dont think we thought it through enough though so it didnt feel like a holiday for me. I like the above rules!
Bummer about the accomodation.

Diminishing Lucy said...

Day trippin'is My fave.

xx

Seana Smith said...

There's no such thing as a holiday when you have kids... what we have are 'holidays.' Sigh... I remember real holidays, loved 'em!

But not really whinging as off for a long weekend with one solitary child, and the one and only sensible one - you beaut!

Alice Becomes said...

No, we haven't. Unless you count our family holidays to Sydney - then it's a holiday for MM in his home city but not for me and the boys! We went to the Powerhouse Museum last time we were there, LOVED it.

Gill x

Tat said...

At least you didn't have to do the 5-hour drive and even worse, the 5-hour drive back (those two parts of the holiday are the main reason why we haven't hit the snow for 3 years). My husband is planning a holiday at home while the kids and I take our almost-annual trip to Europe. I'm sure he'll love it, snow or no snow.

Rhonda said...

We love Staycations. Day trips.

Megan Blandford said...

That would have been disappointing... but it's great that you had a great time anyway! I love being a tourist in my own city.

therhythmmethod said...

A change is as good as a holiday. We've done this quite a bit since we had Boy 2. It's fun pretending you're a tourist in your own city. A nice reminder of how lucky we are to live in Australia.
Hope your boy is feeling better.

Ali said...

No we haven't done this but it sounds like a great idea. Takeaway every night would be a holiday for me!

Maxabella said...

You didn't go! x

Kamarine said...

Does that count the ones where J has annual leave and we loaf around home for a week or two, pretending we are far away?

'Cause I've done that, A LOT. :D

Donna said...

We're guilty of doing this as well and its a cheap and cheerful alternative than a fancy holiday. Its not often you get to be a tourist in your own town (could be a business in that... Hmmm...!)

Though I'd take a little while to get over the lost accom money as well, I'd say...

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