As my golden island holiday tan fades as quickly as the burden of the responsibilities of real life return, I’m clinging on to the memories of relaxed, schedule-free days spent meandering to the buffet breakfast and lounging poolside under the warmth of the Fiji sun.
The stresses, rushing and busyness of daily life were left behind in exchange for slowing down and being nothing other than present. How can we recreate and weave these moments into the tapestry of our every day lives back at home? Here are 6 ways to do exactly that.
1. Rise early and eat breakfast like a queen
There’s something about being on holiday that inspires me to be up at the crack of dawn. The call of a buffet breakfast with everything you can imagine on offer certainly helps. But why wait to be on holiday to devour a three-course breakfast? Fruit and yoghurt, chased by a cooked breakfast of eggs and bacon or an omelette with all the trimmings and finished with a pastry – cinnamon rolls if you’re as obsessed as me! All complemented perfectly of course by a strong cup of coffee and/or multiple cups of fancier than usual tea. Now that’s the way to start every day!
2. Enjoy tropic-inspired mocktails on a weeknight
Pour yourself a mid-week, tropical holiday inspired mocktail, close your eyes and be whisked away right back to the waters edge, you can almost feel the sand between your toes. Our go-to mocktails were a Watermelon Mint Cooler and the virgin version of a Pina Colada, the Coco Colada.
3. Belly laugh
A ridiculous game of “would you rather?” can have you laughing so hard it hurts (and may even make you pee a little, so I’m told…). If you haven’t played it before, I suggest you start here and the rest of the game will take on a life of it’s own. Giggles guaranteed.
4. Get dexterous
Time away from a screen and keyboard and much less time than usual on my phone and social media encouraged me to read an actual book AND to take to pen and paper. To me it feels like there is much more freedom for creativity doing it the “old way.”
Treat yourself to some fancy new stationery and a beautiful pen and take time out for just you, your mind, and pen and paper without the influence of the internet.
5. Tour your home city
Tourists who have spent less than a week in Wellington have most likely seen and experienced more than I have in the years that I have lived here. Going away and returning is a great reminder to take stock and try and see our beautiful city through the eyes of visitors, instead of taking what Wellington has to offer for granted. Start building your itinerary here.
6. Install a unicorn rain shower
OK so this one is definitely more of a wishlist item but bear with me. You know when you’re on holiday and the showers have those giant flat shower heads that feel like magical unicorn rain trickling over your entire body? I want that, in my house. You should have one too. I found one here.
That’s my round up of 6 ways to bring meaningful moments from your holiday home, and incorporate them into your everyday life. What do you enjoy doing at home that reminds you of being away somewhere exotic and carefree? Would you add any others to the list?