As we come closer and closer to the middle of the year, a common theme amongst many is the drop in energy and motivation, parents in particular. How many times so far this year have you said to your partner, “I need a holiday”? Perhaps that’s a sign that it’s time for a parent’s weekend away, a truly relaxing break where you don’t have to look after anyone but yourself.
But, if you’re having a tough time convincing yourself that you need a parent’s weekend away or if you simply have the guilts, take it from the psychologists. Psychologists have said that short breaks make people happier than having one long holiday! Happy mum, happy kids or happy wife, happy life, right?
Parent’s weekend away ideas
After always tending to everyone else’s needs, it’s time for you to think about yourself and a spa resort is the perfect place to do it. At a spa resort, you can relax and enjoy being pampered as well as enjoying the serenity of the surroundings.
Bed and Breakfast
Bed and breakfasts are a perfect option if you enjoy a home away from home. Best of all, when it comes to breakfast and dinner times, you don’t have to cook and can enjoy being waited on by the Bed and Breakfast hosts. Whether you love the mountains or the seaside, you can find Bed and Breakfasts almost anywhere.
If you’re keen on getting back to nature, this is a perfect way. Just imagine sitting on the front verandah with your cup of coffee, looking over the rolling mountains. Or snuggling up in front of the fire with a glass of wine and a good book.
There are plenty of short cruise options available these days where you jump on board a cruise ship that will take you out to sea for a couple of days and bring you back again. Although there’s no destination, you can still enjoy all the creature comforts and entertainment of a cruise ship.
If you really love getting back to nature and don’t mind having the stars overhead instead of a roof, why not go camping. There’s so much to enjoy on a camping trip with your partner like fishing, hiking and toasting marshmallows on the open fire. If a tiny tent is a little too ‘rough’ for you, there are plenty of ‘glamping’ establishments around Australia or you could try staying in a cabin. Using a camping planner will make your kid-free camping trip even more carefree.
Looking for a bit more fun than relaxation? Why not check yourself into a casino, get dressed up and hit the tables! Casinos are great for entertainment, and shopping and usually have an extensive list of places to eat, great if you love food!
Okay, so you’re not keen on packing up your bags and paying to stay somewhere. Why not send your kids off to friends’ or relatives’ places for the night and have a night in with your partner while watching your favourite movies. Bliss!
Whichever parent’s weekend away you decide on, don’t forget to indulge just a little, enjoy thinking of only yourself for once and most importantly, enjoy each other’s company while you don’t have little people hanging off you! And if you’re really keen to tune out and connect, try unplugging from tech for a couple of days.