Winter has come. The snow is falling, trees are withered, the wolves are howling… At least it would… if we weren’t in the land down under. Nevertheless, winter can be picturesque even without the snow, and there are many ways you can take advantage of the winter school holidays. For those on your Ls, driving to the destination of your family holiday is a great way to build up your hours whilst basking in the beauty of nature. And remember, there are no more school zones for a few weeks, so feel free to drive at a normal speed.
There are many options of what to do in a holiday depending on personal interests, talents and even socioeconomic status and most people end up spending more time planning what to do than actually doing it. For those who remain at home, there are multiple options to explore. Personally, I’d love to spend the holiday curled up on a couch beside my cat, drinking a hot cuppa with a book in my hands. Others may prefer to take a long bubble bath and pamper themselves. Some may even decide to get their hands dirty and indulge in the latest craze – making slime. Then we have the classic winter pastime of watching movies or playing video games while indulging in popcorn, hot chocolate and other junk food until the middle of the night, then hibernating ‘til noon. If you are one of those people who prefer to spend winter indoors, why not spice it up and play a board game or even take a go at a 1000 piece puzzle with your friends & family.
On the other hand, you can be an adrenaline junkie and go for all the winter sports. Maybe go to Perisher Blue or Thredbo for a bout of skiing and sledding. Bundle up in layers upon layers then throw yourself into making a snow angel. Perhaps you can go ice skating at your local ice skating rink and slice through the ice. Warm yourself up playing a pick-up game of soccer or basketball with your mates. Perhaps you can travel to the Blue Mountains and take the cable car crossing the three sisters in Katoomba. For those who aren’t so active, why not sit at a warm café and indulge in an invigorating latte or cappuccino whilst you watch nature in its purest form, an untouched wilderness just waiting to be explored.
Regardless of how you choose to spend your winter, make sure you pack on the layers, after all, the beauty of winter is offset by the plethora of colds and flus going around. So drink lots of water, eat lots of oranges and make sure to still breathe in the fresh air. For those year twelves doing the HSC, the countdown continues and you can expect to find them locked up in libraries or their rooms studying. But one cannot sustain studying for too long at a time and they themselves need to take breaks. If you are a year 12 student or you know one, why not give one of the above suggestions so they can rest, revive and survive the HSC trials.
Happy holidays everyone!