Are you craving a holiday, but don’t have much time or money to spare? Have you thought about a mini break?
Taking a holiday can be a little tricky when you’re self-employed, as I am. If you can’t afford the time away or you don’t have the spare cash to outlay on an expensive holiday, a mini break can be just enough to relax and re-energise.
What’s a mini break?
I define it as a weekend or long weekend away. Personally, I find 3-4 nights is best, as it’s longer than a weekend, but not too long away from the business or home.
I feel as though I need a holiday right now! It must be time to start planning our next mini break.
As a general rule, January is my quietest month and the best opportunity for me to take time out. However this year, January was incredibly busy. The enquiries and quote requests started on 3rd January and kept on coming. Don’t get me wrong… I’m not complaining about having lots of work. I am more than happy to take the work while it’s available. As a freelancer, my workflow and income ebbs and flows at times. It’s just frustrating not knowing exactly when it will be busy and quiet. As a consequence, my “time out” was just a few days between Christmas and New Year.
Planning an epic holiday …. in the future
I’m currently planning another trip to Europe with the bestie, but that’s still a couple of years away. While I really enjoy the planning process, it’s still too far off to start getting too excited about it. I certainly can’t wait until then to take a break!
Sometimes, I like to take a weekend to reconnect with my beautiful friends. We haven’t done this in a while, so I feel as though we’re overdue. Within an hour or two of home, we can escape to the beautiful mountains, the city (I live in a regional area) or closer still are the stunning North Coast beaches. We’re spoilt for choice!
When our kids were younger, we used to take a long weekend away at a nearby beach village several times per year. They were very effective mini breaks or getaways, which provided a little escape and re-energised us. Now that we have two teenagers in the family, finding a place they want to go has become more challenging. Gone are the days where they were happy with a nearby holiday park with a pool and a playground. They have a “wish list” of place they’d like to go, but the list often exceeds the family budget – just a touch.
I’d be happy to just get away somewhere, anywhere (well almost). Preferably somewhere without wifi. A digital detox would be awesome 🙂
Do you take mini breaks? If you do, where do you like to go?
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