Happy’s guide to the Easter long weekend: having a staycation

Thinking about staying home this long weekend? We’ve come up with the best ways to enjoy a staycation this Easter.

A long weekend is an unparalleled opportunity to get yourself some hard-earned “me-time”. In order to facilitate this ‘treat yo self’ Easter period, we’ve come up with the best ways to enjoy a staycation.

So pop those feet up, have a read, and feel the stress roll right out of your soul.

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Photo: Emily Rudolph

Order In

Have you heard of Ooooby? It’s just like Uber but for food, and instead of awkward late-night door knocks they’re offering up produce boxes packed with organic, locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables at reasonable prices. Make your life that little bit easier and avoid going to the supermarket whilst also supporting the local food economy.

As well as fresh produce box options, Ooooby also allows you to custom make up your own box or even add delicious artisan products such as bread, eggs, spreads, body care and recipe books.

Check them out for yourself via the link below. For a cheeky $20 off your first box, use the promo code ‘HAPPYMAG’.

Grab some records

There’s nothing better than the crackle of a stylus hitting your favourite new vinyl find. That’s why we highly encourage our fam to visit local record stores this ahead of the long weekend and have a browse. Have a listen and indulge!

Record Store Day was bigger than ever on Saturday, so hopefully there will be some leftover gems for you to get your hands on. If you’re in Sydney, you can do one last visit of the city’s oldest standing store Lawsons Records before they close their doors on 27th April.

Something to read

The truth of the matter is, everyone is busy. And when we’re busy, we often don’t get to do as much reading as we’d like. This staycation, make reading a priority, because there are a ton of great books out right now.

Whether you go for a food-for-thought read such as Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez , Tim Winton’s latest fiction The Shepherd’s Hut or Aja Gabel’s cut-throat classical music thriller The Ensemble, that’s up to you. Go with what your heart says.

As well as new releases, it’s always great to revisit modern classics such as Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe exploring a new view of Australia’s brutal past, indisputable classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, or any old tattered Penguin book (the more tattered the better). Happy reading!

Netflix and chill

If all you want to do this long weekend staycation is stream your favourite TV series, movie or documentary, you’re in luck, because there is a ton of good shit hitting the cloud.

Game Of Thrones is back after a two year break with Season 8, the final season. We have so many questions and queries following the previous season, so we’re beyond excited to watch it after 11am AEST today. Hell, while you wait for the next episode, consider catching up on Season 7.

Out already on Netflix, you can catch David Attenborough’s new climate change documentary Our Planet or animated anthology Love, Death & Robots, featuring cyberpunk tales from a spate of equally horrifying futures.

Getting out of town not your thing? No worries at all, you can check out the other instalments of Happy’s Guide to the Easter Long Weekend below: