Apparently Australians have a reputation for collecting their holiday time, packaging it up in a neat little box and filing it under their beds for years. I have noticed 3 different trends when it comes to taking leave:
- The Hoarder
These people either feel guilty about taking time off or are work-a-holics and hoard their holiday time for some distant future.
- The Sneaky HoliDAYS
These are the people that organise their holidays around long weekends and public holidays to take a sneaky advantage of those free days! But in the end, you never feel like you've been on a real holiday.
- The All or Nothing
A week here, a week there, four weeks altogether! This is the boat that likes a holiday, whether it’s domestic or international they want bulk relaxation away from the office.
Now, I’m not here to tell you when and how to take your holidays. That, my friends, is up to you. I’m just here to give you the options! I see taking holidays as an art form and it should be treated delicately; it’s a balance between cash and creativity.
Do you work a part time job or full time job? How much cash are you happy to spend? Do you have kids or a partner you also need to take into consideration? Whatever your situation is, there is an answer.
Home Sweet Home
Have you ever thought about using your holidays up to sit at home on the couch? If you haven’t got the funds to land you a plane ticket, or you don’t want to waste time in transit – home is where the heart is. Take some time to read those books on the shelf that have been gathering dusk, spend some time with those people that you are related to (oh yeah, forgot about them…), open up a bottle of whatever and discover the spots around your home that you don’t usually take the time to explore
Over The Seas
If you fit into the number one boat of leave takers (aka Hoarder) then now is the time to cash it in. Book a flight. Book the hotel. Discover what it means to have a good time. This can apply to all those part time workers too! If you have been working part time for years and haven’t yet taken the time to travel – do it, and do it fast. No time to waste people! Go relax on a beach in Thailand, take a gondola ride through Venice, ski through the mountains of Canada – whatever it is you love, now is the time.
Discover the Home Land
I've said it before and i'll say it again, I love Australia. We live in one of the most beautiful and diverse countries on the Earth and we need to discover it! You don’t have to go overseas to have a good time. Rent a car and drive the Great Ocean Road, or spend some time in Central Australia walking to the top of Uluru, or relax your way through the Barossa Valley. There are countless things to do no matter what your budget or interests.