Winter is well and truly here *queue Game of Thrones theme tune* and if you are anything like us you want to find way to get out and about whilst sticking to the allowance the Master of Coin has allocated in your ‘lifestyle spend’ account (see Cat Jansen’s blog post on the bucket approach to spending).
It is easy to feel like you need to be keeping up with the ‘Lannister’s’ and that you need to spend big to enjoy yourself. However, we are here to show you how you can build your ideal lifestyle around a conservative spend whilst saving up for those really important things!
Step right up and see how you can have a true Melbourne experience for less than $25.
Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Markets
Boasting to ignite your Wednesdays like never before! Grab a mulled wine to keep yourself warm and wander the countless market stalls then grab a bite of street food from one of the 30 global food traders. An amazing weeknight adventure for a fraction of the price of hitting the pub.
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to galleries to choose from, spending a day floating between free exhibitions is going to leave you more cultured than Tyrion. Try the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Rd, followed by the Ian Potter Centre and ACMI (the Australian Centre for the Moving Image) which are both at Federation Square- talk about convenient!
Get lost in our laneways
As Melbournite’s we often forget how often the laneways get revamped by incredible local artists, so why not take a day getting lost in the city. Not to mention you will be sure to snap up a few Instagram worthy photos on the way! Check out this awesome map which shows you a 4km map with all the hot spots you should check out.
St Kilda Pop up Winter Garden
St Kilda has an amazing buzz at the best of times, then they add a pop up ice rink, comedy, theatre, music, food stalls, carnival rides and more… Ummm yes please! Need I say more?
Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk
Nothing like some fresh air on a sunny winters day! This circuit walk is only a stone’s throw from Melbourne as it is only an hour’s drive North West. It is a 5-6 hour hike over 10.4km so allow for a full day of adventure including drive and a stop for lunch. Werribee Gorge includes on-trail, off-trail, lookouts, descents, climbs, river crossings, cable climbs, wildlife spotting and rock hopping. It’s considered to be moderate/difficult so make sure you take you’re prepared with your scroggin and let some pals know where you are going… or better yet, take them with you!
What Melbournian can go past an amazing brunch spot? If you are out for a cheap bite to eat as you explore the local area, the Urban List has this awesome list of 25 top cheap breakfast eats. It has covers off most areas so no matter what adventure you are on that day this list should have you covered!!
Sticking to your lifestyle allocation doesn’t need to be torturous, the key is to be prepared! And trust me if you are curbing your spending then your friends normally are wanting to also. It can be up to you to set to tone for catch ups and suggest things out of the norm. You will all benefit from it. Would love to hear what other awesome activities you are filling your winters with?