Whatever you call it, wherever you are from, every traveller knows about it. Itchy feet syndrome is a common thing among those of us who have experienced the world of travel and are now back ‘home’ faced with rejoining the real world. It may not be an immediate thing, it may take months or even years for it to creep up on you, but believe me you’ll feel it.
So how do you deal with it? Up until this year, I had a hard time adjusting to being in one place for more than 5 minutes. I constantly day dreamed about my next adventure or place I could high tail it to. I drove my friends crazy reciting tails of overseas experiences and wishing I could be anywhere but here. But with a shortage of cash and a need to be where I am for the time being, I had to find a way to deal with the itchy feet.
The answer once I thought of it was fairly simple. Instead of one big trip off somewhere, why not plan little trips, weekends away or short holidays around New Zealand. This would give me a chance to discover this beautiful little country that I’m currently living in a lot more, and keep the feeling of being ‘trapped’ at bay.
So since January that’s what I have done. January was spent in the Pelorus Sound part of the Marlborough Sounds, fishing and enjoying the sunshine. February was Nelson and Abel Tasman for 5 days for a mixture of beach lying, wine tasting, bike riding and sight seeing. March was over to Hokitika for the Wild Foods Festival for a gastronomic treat to freak out even the most hardy of taste buds! And so the ‘mini breaks’ will continue. In April I’m off to Queenstown for a long weekend. May it’s to Blenheim in Marlborough for a wedding. I’ve yet to plan past that point however, so am now looking for suggestions of places to go and things to see.
So…….. if any of you have any suggestions for must see things or places that should go on my weekends away list then leave a comment or email me.