Other holidays were staying in a shearers quarters and a shared house with my Nan and Pa in summer, for many years. They were fantastic times.
Holidays are just so important. But somewhere people seem to have gotten the idea that it has to be a huge expense and involve thousands of kilometres and debt to pay for it. We decided early on that we would take what ever little breaks we can manage as often as we can. And we do it very inexpensively. But what a difference it makes to how you feel! Every time I am amazed at the difference in how I feel after a break. A favourite for me is any beach holiday and summer or winter I don't mind.
When I come home I walk into this house with fresh eyes. Rested and with fresh eyes I see how lucky we are and am so glad to be home as well. I usually come home full of ideas and am dying to get started on them.
I think we can easily fall into a rut. A break jolts you out of it and gives you a new perspective and time to think and plan. I will often come home having decided to change this or that as distance gives you the chance to review. Sometimes I have realised things and wondered why am I doing that!? Being away I have seen things differently. In this way a holiday is also a great problem solver, giving you time to think and a break, the break you may need to decide to make changes.
The thing is if affordability is a problem to hopefully find possibilities. My friend Helen inspired me hugely. She and her husband have mini breaks and sometimes they are quite impromptu. They have a little caravan and will travel sometimes not very far away at all and stay somewhere very inexpensive. Helen will take her little crock pot and cook and they do it for the fun, for a break and it costs so little. Helen's little holidays are inspiration to me. They know caravan parks and where to go for a few dollars a night and off they go.
From Helen I learned about setting up your little abode for comfort and a nice time. I have adopted her method only for us we will get a cabin near the beach somewhere. I bid on online travel auctions and so far have booked two holidays this way. Last year we had 4 nights at the beach about an hour and a half away. It was so nice! And we have one coming up 5 nights in a beach cabin. I got it for $50 a night. It is a longer trip, 6 hours. But just think of all the towns and little op shops! Also it is in the town my Dad was born and it is a very sweet old fashioned little place. I set ourselves up with baskets of our favourite things, make simple little meals and picnics. We totally relax and enjoy it.
Take a look at Helen's little set up in their caravan. A home away from home. Of course you get an outside area, with a caravan or cabin... I like to set up a table and chairs outside and spend much of the time there as well. Our last place was under a gum tree near the ocean. You could hear the sea while in bed. I sat and wrote and read at a table and chairs under this glorious tree. In the evenings we had a fire and cooked BBQ's. It was so relaxing!
When we are away we admire peoples efforts to provide comfort. A favourite is caravans with fairy lights all over their out door area awning! Admiration.
Now Helen's children are grown although I do know their son has gone with them and had a little tent with them and they have all holidayed together.
I look at this and think comfort! So sweet. I sewed Helen pretty t towels for her caravan kitchen knowing how she has it! It makes me wish for a caravan. I think if I could find a little old caravan and do it up...but evidently other people have had the same idea.
Over the weeks before we go away I collect favourite things to take away with us. We arrive with supplies as little country towns often have expensive groceries. I pack little luxuries like Quince paste and brie, a favourite with us.
Helen's little table speaks of cups of tea and comforting dinners. I could feel at home here!
When there has been no chance to get away we have just gone on a regular weekend. Even one or two nights is enough to work miracles. It's a wonderful gift to give... I would forfeit a gift for a night away as it is a gift in itself. And planning it is half the fun.
If really stuck think outside the box, perhaps you could house sit for someone, stay with someone... some way to have a little break. And great expenses don't have to be involved. Kids love the beach, when they are little sand castles, chips and seagulls are thrilling, no theme park needed.
The seaside just agrees with me. I understand why in the old days people were sent to the seaside for holidays to recover from illnesses. The sea is so beautiful and does me good. And a proper rest really is good for you.
A little break can be better than any medicine.