So today is the day that some clever marketing company decided to call "Blue Monday" I guess this is because in the Northern Hemisphere at least, it represents the peak of christmas being totally over, with Spring not even visible in the distance. For me it was the first Monday after my lovely trip home to Australia to see my family, who I had convinced to spend a week in a caravan park at the beach. A proper post-christmas summer holiday as opposed to a stay-cation which is all too common in a place where it is actually really hot all summer.
I had a great time being super-aunty to my 3 lovely nieces, mixing kitchen cocktails for my sister and her husband, and walking on the long sandy beach at Apollo Bay, which is on the Great Ocean Road, about an hour and a half from Melbourne.
At this time of year you might be lucky enough to be planning a holiday. And some of you, thanks to a negative experience in the past might be having trepidations - I have some advice that might make it easier and more enjoyable for everyone.
Where I live on the island of Ireland, it can rain for 10 of the 14 days you have set aside for your break. No matter how scenic the location, you do not want to find yourself cooped up in a holiday house with no broadband, no cable tv and the prospect of hanging around the local Supermarket for entertainment.
The usual indoor amusement centres do not work for people with high sensory needs, and they are expensive anyway.
And 'Long walks in the Rain followed by an Irish Coffee in a local pub' are for romantic weekends as a COUPLE. Not a family of 4 with no clothes dryer.
So take my advice and go somewhere sunny for your holidays. And fly!
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