How to make Queen's Birthday weekend feel like a week off

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There's a sense of excitement, of adventure, of 'anything-could-happen-ness' that comes with a three-day weekend. That's why we're already getting excited for the Queen's Birthday long weekend happening throughout most of the country come June 13 (sorry Queensland, you'll have to wait for your turn on October 3, but at least it's better than being in Western Australia where they don't get to celebrate Her Majesty's big day at all, right?).

The sad thing is, that even though you get a full three days off before you have to be back at work (more apologies, this may not apply to hospitality and retail workers), they still always seem to fly by so quickly.

When the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) and AMP got together to look at how Australians spend a normal weekend, they found that Saturdays are all about shopping and restocking (with many of us spending an hour on average on this task), while Sundays are for kicking back and relaxing - with an average of five hours downtime on this favourite day.

So how can we take these three days and make them feel like we've had a full week off? Try these tips!

Head away

Considering we tend to head away on holiday - for road trips, inter-state visits and overseas adventures - on longer breaks, it's a good way to feel like you've had much more time off.

Pick somewhere you can get to quickly so you don't spend half the weekend travelling, then relax there for two or three nights.

Fill up your days

It's all too easy to while away an afternoon (or even a whole three-day weekend) by lazing around watching Game of Thrones reruns, then wonder where all that time went.

Instead, plan as many activities as possible. Go out for breakfast, hit the gym, spend an evening at Kingpin with mates, see a movie, visit the weekend markets and take your mum out for lunch. Getting lots done in a small space of time will help stretch out those days just a little bit further.

Give yourself down time

As much as you should aim to get plenty done over the long weekend, don't forget at least a little down time. This could be playing pool with friends at Kingpin or indulging in a vino and a good book, so long as you rest up and let your batteries recharge for the week ahead.

Eat well

Sure, it's the weekend, which is pretty much designed to eat treats such as burgers and fries, but don't forget to give your body the nutrition it needs. Get a mix of good, healthy meals throughout the break and it will help you feel physically better and less tired, making that three-day weekend feel that much longer as you won't end it feeling like you need a detox!