5 interesting ways to spend your weekend

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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The weekend is close, and no doubt, the question you are asking yourself, your friends and your family is: ’What to do this weekend?’.  For some, the perfect weekend entails becoming one with the couch and TV remote, but for others, who have spent their entire working week cooped up in an office, the last place you want to be is in indoors. On average, we have 104 days allocated to our weekends and approximately 260 working days in a year. Considering the number of working days versus recreational days is significantly larger, it seems only fitting that we should enjoy the free time that we are given at maximum capacity. 

So, to get your creative juices flowing, today on homify we are going to explore 5 interesting ways for you to spend your weekend. These ideas are both adult and child friendly, and moreover, they service a wide range of budget constraints. 

1. Book a hotel

A change of scenery every once in a while is good for your soul. It disturbs the cycle of monotony and rhythm that we face repeatedly in our everyday lives. As creatures of habit, we fall into dangerous cycles of routine, which can be really difficult to escape once they have taken hold. Perhaps you lack alone time with your partner because of interfering parents or children, or, you simply want to enjoy the benefits of room service, unlimited movies and a trendy bar. Whatever the reason, a pillow top bed, Egyptian cotton sheets and all the latest mod-cons in technology and design are pretty difficult for the average person to pass up. Pampering your body and soul can be done in a myriad of different ways, so, if time spent sprawled out on a king sized bed with a spectacular view is your idea of heaven, then a hotel getaway is the perfect way to spend your weekend. The Conrad Algarve hotel, pictured, won The World Travel Award for World's Leading Result in 2012, and we completely understand why. Luxurious fabrics, elegant furniture and timeless interior design come together to form a hotel suite that would be in the dreams and bucket lists of many. 

2. Discover a hidden suburban pub

The internet has paved the way for an incredible amount of blogs, applications and websites that allow us to read about hidden treasures in nearby suburbs. Chances are, unless it's a heavily guarded secret, local pubs, bars and cafes will have some sort of media outlet on varying social media platforms to boost their visibility and potential visitors. It is also not uncommon that they will contact popular bloggers to write a feature article on their premises to generate interest.  So, why not skip the same pub and coffee shop you head to every weekend, and sample the brews and coffee from in a completely new and exciting space. This eclectic, warm and charming pub in Kew Green has undergone a beautiful refit, which embodies all the traditional elements we love about local pubs, but includes a modern and inviting ambience. 

3. Take in a view

View from the Altitude Building, East London:   by Datography
Datography

View from the Altitude Building, East London

Datography

Life is all about perspective and perceptions, and learning to change your view on something can be a life changing experience. In this example, we are talking about seeing something you take for granted everyday, and observing it from a completely different viewpoint. We all know how beautiful the cities we live in are, but more often than not, and unless you work in a skyscraper, you are always seeing the city within the constraints of human height. Fortunately, technology and construction methods of the modern era let us view cities from a birds-eye angle, allowing us to take in spectacular scenery from previously unseen heights. In this section, we are suggesting you take a trip to the highest vantage point in your city, and take a few moments to absorb all the sights and beauty with fresh eyes. This is also an inexpensive and exciting venture for children and visiting relatives and friends.

4. Attend a sporting match

World Cup 2014 Arena das Dunas:  Stadiums by Populous
Populous

World Cup 2014 Arena das Dunas

Populous

If you've never experienced the roar of a crowd, or the tears from losing supporters, you might want to add attending a sporting match to your list of things to do on the weekend. You may not support either side that is playing, but witnessing the emotions of the others around you is a priceless experience. Perhaps it has been a childhood dream to see your favourite football or rugby team play, but you were never presented with the opportunity. Fortunately, you don't need the best seat in the house to be a part of the atmosphere. A great outing for kids too, but be warned, you may find yourselves hooked! 

5. Join a co-working hub

If you are a creative type, perhaps in a new city, or otherwise simply looking to meet other like minded people, then you should consider signing up and joining your local co-working hub. These spaces are great if you have a home office, and want a change of scenery, a wonderful spot to listen to talks and presentations, and of course, to meet other professionals to exchange ideas and inspiring stories. You don't necessarily need to come armed with a laptop or work to participate in a co-working space. If you desire, you can come in with a book, eat some lunch and simply enjoy your new surroundings. The Hampstead Hub, pictured, has a wonderful range of books and magazines, both digitally and in print, that you can borrow to fuel your creative thoughts and get inspired! And, of course, this notion wouldn't be complete unless the space around you felt uplifting and exciting—and doesn't it just!

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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