The Art of a Staycation
I won’t lie, I find the hot, humid Sydney summers hard and physically draining and I also find myself being just that little bit crabby. I don’t think we’d even made it through November before I was complaining about the heat and the mosquitoes and just-when-would-it-be-winter-already? It’s funny though, I am obsessed with going to the beach and when we pick holiday destinations they are pretty much always tropical -- but I think the difference is when I’m on holidays and on weekends I’m not in a suit and high heels catching cramped public transport while trying to save my make-up from sliding off my face before I even get to the office.
So on Thursday afternoon, after a brutal week at work and many nights of sweating through our bed sheets AND again being dive bombed by mosquitoes (applying insect repellent at 2am is fun) I’d had enough. I jumped online and booked us a hotel room at The Old Clare Hotel - a newly opened boutique hotel in Sydney and only a few train stops from my office. I wanted air-conditioning, I wanted quiet and I wanted a little luxury (we got upgraded to a HUGE 2 storey loft room which was ah-mah-zing -- I'm still talking about the beautiful bath).
My husband organised a table at Ester, an awesome restaurant close by and we sat at the bar and worked our way through the wine list and some killer food. The area wasn’t all that familiar to us as it’s only recently been redeveloped so it really felt as though we were in another city which helped us fall into holiday mode pretty quickly. We finished off the night with a cocktail at the rooftop bar of our hotel which had a beautiful cool breeze and just the right amount of people. You know what I mean - not too many that you can’t get a drink or a seat, but still enough to have a fun vibe.
After a fabulous sleep (I cranked the air-con to the max and there was not a mosquito to be seen) we explored nearby Kensington Street for brunch. We found the cool Glider KS - a Thai inspired cafe serving a really interesting mix of dishes (breakfast duck noodles anyone?). We kept commenting to each other how it didn’t feel like we were in Sydney at all.
There is definitely an art to mastering a staycation and I never thought I’d be a fan because I've always believed I needed to fly off to foreign lands for it to count, but by picking somewhere we weren't familiar with to explore and also treating ourselves to some much needed luxury - I have to say that this staycation totally rocked! And it was just what I needed to get me through until the cooler weather hits (soon - please?) and until April when we head off to NYC.
Have you ever had a staycation? What was your favourite part?