Oh hi guys! You may have noticed I have been a little MIA lately. If you’ve been reading along for the last three years, you’ll know I like to go on a blogging break over the Christmas holidays. This is so I can rest and recharge my batteries. And to be brutally honest, I am usually lacking any motivation or creativity by the end of the year so I think it’s best for me to shut down my emails, computer and social media channels so I can truly switch off and enjoy the holidays. Tell me I’m not alone!

To help cure my end of year creativity blues, I packed my bag and went on a staycation. You know, somewhere close to home. Here are a few reasons why you should take a staycation.



The key to the perfect staycation is to have one close to home - close enough so you don’t have to jump on a plane or drive for hours, but still far enough away so you feel like you’re having a holiday away from home.



You don’t need to take time off work to have a staycation. The perfect time for a staycation is on the weekend. In fact, one of the reasons why I started this blog was to encourage people to travel on weekends - we have 52 of them so you may as well see and do as much as you can!



As the purpose of a staycation is to stay somewhere close to home, you won’t blow your budget on unnecessary expenses such as flights, transfers or exchanging currency.



As soon as you set off on your staycation, your mindset will be instantly geared towards a vacation - even if it’s only for a couple of days. Switch off your phone and enjoy the moment, you’ll be amazed at how as something short and simple can refresh your mind and leave you charged and ready for the week ahead. 


Last year I went to Gwinganna, a healthy retreat on the Gold Coast in Queensland. This year I chose to stay a little more local, aka down the road, and enjoyed a weekend staycation at Spicers Tamarind Retreat nestled in the Maleny hinterland on the Sunshine Coast. And let me tell you, it was everything I needed (keep scrolling to see my photos!).

I spent the entire weekend (two days and one night) switching off and indulging in reading, sleeping, enjoying several bubble baths as well as enjoying dinner in the comfort of my private villa surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, as well as breakfast with a beautiful view of the hinterland. The only noise? The rustling of the Eucalyptus trees above and cows moo’ing in a paddock close by. Heaven!

If you feel like stretching your legs, there is plenty to see and do around the property including walking tracks and spots to pull up a lounge under the many trees and read a book. Unfortunately Spa Anaise was booked out so I highly recommend making a booking when you confirm your reservation. And if you feel like jumping in the car to explore the area, you could visit the cute town of Maleny or enjoy sunset from the famous spot, One Tree Hill.


Stay: Spicers Tamarind

Where: 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny, Sunshine Coast Hinterland QLD 4552

When: All year round. Maleny is stunning and I especially love it in winter when it gets cold and romantic.

Website: www.spicersretreats.com/spicers-tamarind-retreat/

Contact: 1300 311 429


 This post is in collaboration with Spicers Retreats.