Staycation is the New Mini-Break
Through work, we both have to travel a lot. The nature of our work means that plans are often made last minute which means that it lacks the excitement and build up of something special. Last June, we consciously made the choice to plan for for a post Christmas holiday to Thailand. It was kind of a nightmare. We hadn't anticipated Nikko being shy a page in his passport for stamps to mean our trip would mean a three day delay and a fun (eight hour stay) in the U.S. Embassy. Finally cleared for take off, the first stop not quite living up to our expectations, the jet lag and the lack of sunshine for the majority meant we were doubting why we had made all the effort in the first place. This, along with the necessary Christmas travel left us retreating into our home swearing never again.
Our first weekend back we declared a 'staycation' and it was bliss. No travel plans, no disappointing hotel or seeking out of the best local for an easy meal, we did what we knew and rather than seek adventure in the unknown, cozied up to the comfortable.
On the Friday night we ordered in Thai from our favourite place, curled up and watched a movie that the three of us love- 'How to Train Your Dragon' After putting Nikko to bed, instead of slipping in to work emails or Netflix binging, we had a glass of wine and played Backgammon, inevitably slipping into what felt like holiday chat, making plans and enjoying each other in the comfort of home.
The next morning we made a lush breakfast of whatever anyone wanted (effectively three breakfasts) Nikko had pancakes, I had an omelette and Boniface had bacon, avocado and toast. We headed out for a city break in London. Each person got to choose one activity. We have been trying to go to the aquarium for three years and something always comes up, not today. Our first point of call. We set out as tourists, ate pain au chocolate in the line and roamed with the fish for the better part of two and a half hours.
Believe it or not we were hungry and Boniface said we were off to 'Paris' for lunch. We snuggled into a booth at Relais de Venise, in Marlybone (the next best thing and no passport required) for steak, chips and a healthy glass of red. From there, we wondered down to my pick, Electric Cinema for a screening of Star Wars.
Lazily we wandered home through the park. Nikko and Boniface pieced together a puzzle and we listened to music and Aperol Spritz'ed it on the living room floor. Bedtime was routine and easy without the excitement and demise of jet-lag or missing toothpaste. We woke up in our own beds, refreshed, cozy and ready for Monday. Staycation is the new vacation.