Become a tourist in your own territory!
Being creatures of habit and convenience, we tend to frequent the same shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, seldom venturing far from the familiar! But if change is as good as a holiday, why not take a mini-holiday in your own back yard for a change?
Forget hours of travelling and the ditch the stress of having to holiday on credit.
So here’s the plan:
- Get your hands on a copy of Durban Routes or save this website to your favourites.
- Check your diaries and calendars, then choose a weekend that suits the whole family. Don’t forget to check with the kids’ schools – you don’t want last minute surprises to bring your plans to a grinding halt.
- Skip TV tonight (be honest, you’ll probably end up channel hopping, only to resort to watching something you’ve probably seen years before). Instead, make a surfing date with your partner. Choose a tour of eThekwini that you’d like to explore, using Durban Routes as your guide. Now, get onto the web and book your accommodation, preferably in an area of Durban you are not well acquainted with! Try something different: If you are a hotel type of person, try a self-catering resort or a Bed & Breakfast, for a change…
- Draw up a budget for the weekend or do the necessary planning.
- Make your arrangements as though you will be FAR from home. Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on your place, feed the pets etc. You are not going anywhere near your house during your weekend away.
- Make a conscious decision to stay away from all your local haunts during your weekend away! No grocery shopping, either. Get that out of the way before you leave.
- Think like a tourist. Be prepared to try new things and sample new food… Pack like a tourist – sun lotion & hat, camera, brightly coloured baggies, sarongs etc. Get all the packing out of the way days before, so that you can relax from the moment you shut down your laptop on Friday. No, you are not taking your laptop with you.
- Look forward to your mini-holiday!
Obvious advantages of taking a local weekend-away or mini-holiday:
- More economical! This option leaves you with more money to spend on your family.
- You get to avoid hours and hours of traveling. Your holiday starts earlier and you will feel refreshed rather than exhausted when you arrive back home.
- You get to support local businesses.
- You will get to know your area better.
- Make new friends you can meet up with again. Great networking opportunities for the future.
- It is greener. No, not the grass on the other side! Holidays closer to home lowers your potential carbon footprint, so it is kinder to the environment.
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