I honestly hate Winter. I hate the cold weather and having to wrap up warm (nothing in my wardrobe is not suitable for cold weather), I hate finishing work and it being dark, and most of all I hate the stress of Christmas shopping and the constant insistence from complete strangers that we must all be happy and filled with festive cheer.
No. My skin gets dry in the cold, I want to fall asleep as soon as I get home from work and thus have no social life, and I sit at my office desk in thermals because my boss refuses to turn my radiator up any higher. I want to spend my life overheating, tanned on a beach with blue skies and feeling the need to wear a bikini under all my clothes in case my plans get cancelled (like Superman, but female, less clothing and not as cool).
Escaping the grey English Winter days is incredibly expensive, you're either required to take a 4+ hour flight to find somewhere even slightly warmer and worthwhile. Or if you want to embrace the cold and head somewhere with some snow, It could cost you an arm and a leg (financially and potentially physically) to get yourself kit, passes, flights and accommodation, all to hopefully arrive somewhere that is having a good snow season and you don't find yourself knee deep in slush rather than powder.
So, when the winter blues strike what are my 3 go to fixes that won't break the bank.
1. Winter Walks
The English countryside is beautiful, and if you can't escape the cold weather why not embrace it? There are plenty of great places to explore, national trust houses and parks, and if you're lucky enough, like me, to live by the coast nothing beats a Sunday walk on the beach and stopping for a cup of coffee to warm yourself up after.
2. Netflix and chill
No.... I don't mean like that. I love spending wet and windy days in bed cuddled up watching movies. I've recently found some forgotten 90s classics on Netflix that have made those rainy days (and there have been a lot of them recently) a little bit more bearable and if I can't spend my weekends roaming around Portabello Road Market I might as watch Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts do it instead.
3. Sunday Roast
Nothing and I mean nothing beats a Sunday pub lunch on a cold, wintery day. A big log fire and spending the day with friends and family is my favourite way to beat those winter blues. As much as I love my mum's homecooked roast it is so much nicer to all sit together and talk uninterrupted whilst someone else slaves over the stove for us. We have enough to drink to forget the weather is freezing outside and fall into a food coma when we get home whilst watching whatever movie is playing that afternoon.