If you’re an office slave or a student, you’re probably ripped out of a warm, blissful slumber by the evilest invention known to man – the alarm clock – and launched straight into the morning rush.

How do you start your day?

When you do finally separate yourself from your toasty warm bed and start to get ready, you probably cast nervous glances at the clocks around your home (perhaps whilst hopping around putting your socks on, if you’re anything like me). On your way to work, school, or university, the unblinking digits of your phone or the sweeping hands of your wristwatch define whether you’ll be sneaking in late or not. As the day drags on, the seemingly unmoving clock on the wall or your computer dictates your day, no doubt in between daydreams of being in far more exotic and interesting places.

The sad truth is that the world is moving on. While decades ago the average person could count on one hand the number of days in a year they had to sleep. Today, thanks to cocktails and a steady diet, an alarm clock is more likely to be seen as a quaint quaintness than a necessity.

Yet while the world has moved on, so have we. The timeless urge to sleep has seen us through the decades venture out into highways and always to hindered in sleepy spots and sunny beaches. But safe beds for seven or ten have become commonplace, and while the buzz of traffic and the murmur of voices in gathering sunlight creates a certain kind of comfortable expectation, it is the absence of that which is the true challenge.

Is staying awake all that it’s cracked up to be?

A life free from clocks keeping us time-conscious has got to be good for a load of sleep. But what are the rhythms like?

If it’s safe to say you get a sound sleep for roughly eight hours a day, that’s great. It means that outside of those eight hours, you should be able to get by on a couple of hours without payable alarm. If that’s not good enough for you, then why not stay out late, and hang out with your friends at a bar, or go clubbing at two in the morning? It’s your holiday, so go out and get out there!

Taking time out doesn’t have to mean staying out of the sun or spending hours on a couch. With the time you spend exercising and being conscious of your state of mind, you’ll have a great time. And if fate is kind, you might even get out of your hotel and get down to the beach, sitting in the warm sand and watching people or dolphins withstanding the Australian summer heat.

Moving on from your NSW south coast accommodation to the further afield you can visit the Blue Mountains in a two-hour flight from Sydney. Situated in the state’s far North, the Blue Mountains are 1, NZM above sea level. Just a short journey from the beach resort of whiting, the valley towers over the Whitsunday Islands, making them the viewable range of mountains in Australia.

Rising above the valley are narrow rainforest passes, beaches, and bushwalks, making the exciting Whitsunday Islands and the Blue Mountains truly unique. Accommodation options are in abundance in the area, and there are numerous tours offered.

As long as you’re prepared for a long walk or hike, and don’t mind basic accommodation or camping, then the Blue Mountains are an experience you won’t forget!

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