Patrick, if you wanna win an award, you have to do something.
Hmm… I wanna defeat the giant monkeyman and save the 9th dimension!
Me too! But that sounds a little hard. Why don’t we start smaller?
I wanna defeat the little monkeyman and save the 8th dimension!
The smallest you can think of!
A job at the Krusty Krab?
Yeah! I do things at work all the time.
Then let’s go!
– SpongeBob SquarePants, Big Pink Loser
A conversation like this has played out in my head over the last few months. No, I’m going to work in fast food; I have a better job already, thank you very much. My version is on the topic of travel. It progressed like this:
- I wanna take a year off and travel the world! (Don’t we all! It’s quite a leap though.)
- I wanna take a month off and travel Europe! (Kind of daunting.)
- Fiji? (Can’t be bothered planning.)
- Gold Coast? (Yeah, nah.)
The smallest I can think of…
A staycation? Yeah! I do things in Wellington all the time!
The idea came to me during a conversation with my new flatmates about things to do in Wellington. There’s a bunch of things here that I haven’t done in the four years I’ve lived here. Like:
- Somes Island
- Days Bay/Eastbourne
- Wrights Hill
- City to Sea Walkway
- Weta Cave
- Wellington Museum
- Wellington Zoo
- Wilton Bush
- Paekakariki Escarpment Track
And a couple I’ve done before but not since I moved here:
- Te Papa
As a nine-to-five worker, I don’t have the time or energy to explore everything the city has to offer. What to do? Take a week off work and live like a tourist for a week!
I’m not promising to do all of the above in a week. That wouldn’t be a holiday! Maybe just three or four. But I do want to check them all off in the near future.
Fiji has been on my mind lately. I haven’t been there before. I’ve been to other tropical islands and enjoyed them. It’s winter and I need more vitamin D’s. And there hasn’t been a hurricane or a coup for a little while. Seems ideal, right?
Well, yes, but… despite all this, I can’t convince myself to book the trip. After months of dithering, I realised that if I really wanted to go I’d have booked something by now. That’s my gut feeling saying no.
Why? Well I’m not good at translating gut feeling into English, but there are some reasons why a Fiji holiday might not be right for me:
- I’ve never travelled solo before.
- I’m not comfortable with the idea of being alone in a foreign land.
- I don’t like flights longer than an hour.
- I don’t like spending large sums of money.
My hope is that touristing in Wellington will be a stepping stone to something bigger. I thought Fiji was small enough for me. But, like Patrick, I’m starting with something smaller. The smallest I can think of.
Book it in the diary. 27-31 August. Staycation!
What tourist spots have you yet to explore in your own backyard? Would you consider a staycation over a tropical vacation? Let me know!