So, you’re at the final stretch. The year is winding down, everyone’s starting to get a bit lax in their work conduct, and summer is beginning to set in. Colleagues discuss their plans for their long-awaited time off. They speak of clear blue waters, icy white ski slopes, and doonas and TV box sets. It’s the point of the year that you’ve probably been looking forward to for eleven months – since your last holiday, that is. But how should you spend that precious time off?

Australian holiday

Depending on how much time off you’ve managed to secure, an overseas holiday may not be feasible. The time spent planning, traveling to and from the airport, and waiting around – not to mention flying – dictates that a minimum of two weeks is required to really make the best of an overseas jaunt.

Besides, over the summer months, Australia is an ideal holiday destination. There are so many options available – from a mountain retreat, to a Great Barrier Reef excursion, to a Golden River holiday park in Mildura, there is sure to be a destination in relatively close proximity that will pique your curiosity. If you’re a bit unsure where you want to go – or what sort of accommodation you’d prefer – have a look at a website like aspenparks.com.au, which offers a variety of options in regards to both location and lodging.

Given that so many retirees now spend their collective golden years as grey and silver nomads, roaming the Australian outback in bronzed, rusting caravans, there’s sure to be somewhere new for you to explore.

Overseas holiday

If you are lucky enough to have a generous block of time off, and a penchant for cold weather, taking to the Northern Hemisphere for a white Christmas and New Year could prove to be incredibly reinvigorating. It’ll make for a big change from the oppressive heat that can define an Australian summer, and is sure to be a great option for anybody who finds the pressures and stresses of an antipodean family Christmas to be overwhelming.

Save it

If you haven’t asked your boss for some time off by mid-November, it might be difficult to secure more than a week or so over Christmas for your R&R needs. Saving your annual leave for another time of year can be beneficial, though; caravan and camping options can be more accessible – and cheaper – outside of school holiday periods.

Plus, if you’re not a fan of children, you’re much less likely to be faced by an infestation of manic, over-sugared kids during school term. So enjoy your brief break, and your bide your time. It could well work out for the best.

annual-leave-staycationStaycation

A relatively new trend for those feeling somewhat cash-strapped and time-pressured, the ‘staycation’ involves simulating the stress-free enjoyment of a holiday, but at home. Turn off your mobile, forget conventional domestic routines, loosely plan some local activities and surrender the alarm clock: in order to achieve its objectives, a staycation needs to simulate the laissez-faire timetabling and alcoholic haze of an actual holiday.

By undertaking a staycation, you’ll even save money on travel costs. Think about how you can best re-invest these salvaged funds to maximise your enjoyment of the staycation; it could be a few good books, a bottle of gin, or an inflatable pool. Whatever floats your boat.

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