Dreaming of holidays
If you ever catch me glassy eyed, it could be one of a several reasons.
A child singing as they skip down the street. (I'm gooey over those simple things!)
I'm upset - feel free to offer cake as a solution.
A stray eyelash has invaded my personal visual space (& feels like a porcupine)
or I'm dreaming about holidays.
If it's unclear which, look deep into my eyes and if you see the glimmer of
How it's changed!
I first went abroad when I was 16 and the thing I most remember is my hand-me-down swimming costume that had a threadbare backside! It was only discovered after I'd commented on how friendly the locals were...😲
My next holiday was 5 years later at 21 (Thank you now-husband) you may think the delay was due to the transparent costume trauma but no, I was just skint!
When our girls were little, we squeezed family holidays in but
like most, we didn't benefit from the fruits of a money tree!
(Quick interruption - did you know that money plants are a thing?! We have one & although it doesn't blossom into crisp 20's, it seems only right to give it major TLC! You know, just in case...anyway click here if you don't believe me!)
Back to my point - holidays were really expensive and pretty intense to organise but now just a couple of clicks and you're off to Corfu! Last year we genuinely got a flight to Corfu for the same price of a 'friends night in' bag of shopping, £38.
If that's not enough to incite an addiction...
Can you get addicted to holidays?
So are holidays addictive? - Discuss.
(To be honest, this is simply me justifying holidays)
Appreciation & Meaning
My love for holidays doesn't mean I don't love the simple things in life, I do which is why Simply Sarah exists. It's important to appreciate what we have but that doesn't mean ignore the bigger things, like the amazing world we live in!
I'm lucky to have been to some gorgeous places and truly appreciate all of my experiences.
Scrap that! I didn't appreciate the holiday that was cancelled the night before, leaving us to tell the kids first thing - Talk about emotional roller coaster! 😒
What I mean is, holidays hold meaning, special times and memories and you know what? I'd rather have that than actual stuff.
Places I've been
So I'm about to go glassy eyed about holidays! I'm going to share the things and people I appreciated for each one.
Put the kettle on and settle in for a brief glassy eyed moment...
Barcelona - An amazing city break to celebrate life and friendship following a personal battle my good friend had won. An extraordinary city with fabulous architecture, we explored, we admired and most importantly, we did it together. 💗
Rhodes - Our fave! This gorgeous Greek island has given us so much. Our first holiday together (He paid for everything & still reminds me!) New friends. Our honeymoon. Gyros (yum) and a bit of tourist Greek. (If you know me personally, you'll know this is a short description, I can go on about Rhodes forever! 😆
Majorca - The place of family holidays, kids clubs and cheesy entertainment.
Our little girlies, amazed by their in flight meals, giggling as they buried each other in the sand and their sparkly eyes taking in the show's while they stayed up late! And returning years later with them and their own children!😀
Canada - One hell of a whirlwind weekend (Yes I did say weekend!) when we put a smile on a friends face, a great weekend of friendship.
And, drum roll please, we got to tick off Niagara Falls because that's where they live! I'm not kidding! Well not in the actual falls obviously, that would be...well wet, but in Ontario. We had such a special Halloween there too. We got invited to go trick or treating with our friends family and it was like something from a family movie!
France - I've always wanted to go, hilariously just to have the opportunity to use my school days French! Oui!
Not only did I get to speak French to the French, (And have them understand-Woo!) but we also discovered that we could share a villa with friends and survive it! Not only did we survive but had a great time together and I also swam in the pool every day. 'That's normal' you might say, but this was my first holiday of being able to swim and that is bloody brilliant!
Centre Parcs, Whinfell Forest - A long weekend away with our girls and the littlies which involved waking up to the excited giggles of a 3 year old and a baby who knew no different but smiled anyway. It was a special weekend of BBQ's, forest walks and time with our kidders.💕
Italy - When friends invite you to their son's christening in Italy, you can't not go!
We loved celebrating their special day and I swear I got an addiction to prosciutto!
(Nips to fridge to pinch a slice. Or two. Really.)
After years of promising ourselves an adventure, we used the Christening as a nudge to travel Europe!
(Thank you friends!)
Celebrating with friends led us to Rome and Florence, and then the Greek islands. It was the first time either of us had travelled, and we actually returned still married! 😮
Previous to this, a perk of my husband working away a lot was that he earned enough hotel points for a free weekend in Venice! (He works away a lot, I miss him, I also have temporary control of the remote control 😉)
Anyway, Venice is beautiful, as is the gelato but a real treat because it's pretty pricey!
Cornwall - The last in my list.
I can't believe it took me until 2017 to discover beautiful Cornwall!
Since when did beaches like this exist in the UK?! The sun shines, the sea is blue and it's simply beautiful.
For us it was a bit like being in the Lake District, but warmer. Much warmer. Exotic even.
Just do it
Each of those trips were meaningful and not taken for granted at all.
We spent time with special people and created special memories and that's important.
We didn't travel when we were younger because we were too busy being parents.
(Yes we started young 🙄)But you know what I've learned over the years?
The world is a big place and we're only on this earth once.
My advice? just do it!
My name is Sarah and I have an addiction to holidays.
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