Make time for yourself this year and try out one of these 10 best solo activities for your next ‘treat yourself’ day!
Here at Hunter and Bligh, we are removing the stigma that comes with taking yourself out – after all, with our busy work schedules and endless to-do lists, it can be hard to find the time to do the things we love with the people we love.
But, of course, that shouldn’t mean that we have to miss out on these entirely. So, in this age of self-care, where everyone is raving on about loving themselves, we should be doing more to make our hearts content, even if it means that we do it solo!
To help you we have come up with the 10 best solo activities for you to try to start living your best life in 2021! Stop staying at home and wishing you could be out there exploring and instead take yourself on a date, you deserve it!
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Watch the Sunrise/Sunset
Is there anything more tranquil than sitting in the serenity of nature whilst watching the golden embers of the sun sweeping across the horizon? And better yet, in the comfort of your own silence? Ditch that friend that always says they’ll tag along but somehow always misses their alarm, and take yourself to watch a sunset or sunrise this year! It’s not only a gorgeous view but good for the mind and soul too. In fact we can even suggest a few places to go, such as these top 10 sunset viewing spots around Brisbane!
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Take Yourself out to Dinner
If anything says treat yourself, it’s enjoying to a fine meal with all the bells and whistles. Stop waiting on that flaky date or your newly coupled-up best friend and take yourself out on the date that you deserve! Wine and dine yourself this year – after all, who is better to treat you than you? We’ve even made a list of Sydney’s 11 best fine dining restaurants for 2021 – what are you waiting for?
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Cook a Fancy Meal for Yourself
If you aren’t quite ready to fine dine by yourself in public, then try cooking a fancy meal for yourself at home. There’s no rule that says you can only prepare oven-roasted salmon or homemade vegetable lasagna for guests. Get in some pj’s, pour yourself a tall glass of wine and whip up some goodies for yourself! For some inspiration on where to start, check out Tassal and Sam Wood’s Pesto Spaghetti Recipe and Manu Feidel’s Peking Duck Omelette Recipe – talk about mouth-watering!
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Go to a Wellness Retreat
In the true spirit of self-care and loving yourself, it is only fair to indulge in a little bit of R&R, and nothing says ‘R&R’ more than a wellness retreat. Take some time for yourself to truly unwind and recharge by booking yourself a night or two away. Your body, mind and spirit will be thank you. And if searching has got you feeling stuck, our guide to the seven best health and wellness retreats in Australia are a must-visit for 2021.
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While a wellness retreat may not be everyone’s cup of tea, that doesn’t mean you still can’t do a little at home pampering! Who says you need to fork out the big bucks to have a facial? Treat yourself to some new products or try a home-delivered beauty box – bellabox and Peony Parcel are our favourites! Light a candle, put on some tunes and give yourself the indulgent pamper session you deserve – all in the comfort of your own home.
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Take Yourself to the Movies/ Theatre
We all know the struggle of finding someone to drag along to that movie or theatre performance we’ve been dying to see, only to be judged for our ‘unsophisticated tastes’. In 2021, the struggle is over! This year take yourself to the movies or theatre and indulge in the performances – whether they be cringey or breath-taking – in peace. No more defending your entertainment choices to the film critique in your friend group and you won’t have to share your popcorn! But, if you’d rather stay home, get ready to binge-watch your way through these seven most anticipated Netflix releases of 2021.
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Go on a Hike
Tired of waiting for your friend’s day-off to got for a hike? There’s no better way to get back into nature than by setting off into some gorgeous scenery, all of your own accord! Tie up those laces and enjoy the fresh air. And, for a truly unique experience, plan a route to chase some waterfalls! It’ll add a little extra excitement to your hike and serve as a refreshing dip after all those kilometres. In fact, we even have a list of the top 10 Australian waterfalls just waiting to be chased all ready to go for you.
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Explore your Surroundings
There is so much that we miss in our busy day to day lives, especially with hustle culture promoted at every turn. So, this year, take the time to slow-down and let yourself explore your surroundings. Be a tourist in your own town and check out things you’ve never seen or tried before. Maybe you’ll end up finding that new coffee shop or quirky bookstore you’ve been dreaming of. Adventure awaits. For some inspiration, keep up to date with the latest international and Australian travel here.
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Start a New Hobby
The time has come to finally start doing that thing you have always put off. Start that scrapbook you always said you’d make; start baking that lemon tart; start playing guitar or even start growing your own vegetables. Plus, you can now get hobby boxes delivered to your door! You don’t even need to leave the couch for a fun-filled evening! If these 10 best delivered hobby subscription boxes for adults don’t get you hyped up for a solo night of fun and creativity, we don’t know what will!
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Take a Day Trip to the Coast
Missing the ocean breeze? Take a solo day trip to the coast and enjoy the sea! No one said you need to take a pal with you to soak up those rays. Read your way through an Australian authors book, slip in your earbuds and tune into one of the best podcasts of 2021 while enjoying the warmth of the sun on your back. Maybe even treat yourself to a sneaky fish and chips if you’re feeling it.
Looking for more solo adventures? Check out the best solo holiday destinations around Australia. Or if it’s more self-pampering and me-time you’re after, check out the eight best Australian beauty subscription boxes for 2021!