My plan for Monday was thrown into doubt at 5am when a gust of wind woke me up. At first I thought it was a passing truck, but several “trucks” later it clicked: this isn’t a convoy, it’s just Wellington being Wellington!
In the lead-up to my staycation, I picked out Matiu/Somes Island as my number one place to see, and I’d go on the first tolerable day, weather-wise. Roaring gusts are not what I consider tolerable, especially when there’s a ferry trip involved! Continue reading “Matiu/Somes Island almost to myself”→
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Oh right. You can put your music back on now.
Ahh, isn’t that relaxing?
Our cabin crew will be offering a choice of a Cookie Time cookie or –
Oh… kay. Would you like a cup of tea, sir? Oh, sorry, too late, we’re starting our descent already! Told you it was a short flight. Here, have some candy.
Flight attendants, prepare the cabin for landing. Flight attendants? Oh, wait, we don’t have the budget for those either. Fine, I’ll do it myself.
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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!
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!