2014 saw my return to the UK from Australia, and December was the most magical month. With the lead up to Christmas from the cold and the dark, to the twinkly lights and the preparation of all the food, I couldn’t get enough of a cold Christmas. But now …
What I’d really like is for someone else to plan a holiday for me – do all the booking, the shopping for everything I need, then just tell me where to be and when and I’ll love every minute. But of course, it doesn’t happen that easily.
I’ve already started to think about where to go and when, because this year of course, we are in the Northern Hemisphere so it’s all a little different. Do we head down to Cornwall for a week and relax at the British seaside, avoiding airports and passport control? Or, do we go all cultural and head over to Europe – Paris perhaps? Or should we make it all about the kids and go to Center Parcs or Eurocamp?
Now can you see why I’d like to outsource the job of the planning to someone else?
Thinking about holidays this year has brought back some memories of holidays that have stuck in my mind, so I wanted to share some of those thoughts with you. I may inspire you to try something different, I may inspire myself to get something booked and quick…but most of all I hope that you enjoy reading about my three most memorable holidays:
Florida – the good old U.S.A
In May 1997 I went with a group of five friends to Florida. It always stands out in my mind as the most memorable holiday because we got to watch the shuttle launch of Atlantis. We’d visited the Kennedy Space Center days before and saw the shuttle on the launch pad, but the excitement didn’t really kick in until the launch itself.
From memory it was four o’clock in the morning and as the countdown began over the loudspeaker – “T minus 10 seconds…t minus 9 seconds…” that was when I knew I was about to see something amazing. As the shuttle left its Launchpad the entire sky lit up … it was something that I’ll never forget. I just wish it had been in the days of Facebook and I could’ve shared the moment with everyone!
Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays
I went to Hamilton Island three times so it felt right to include it in list.
Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. What I love about the island is that it feels like an escape from everything, yet if you want it to be, it can be action-packed and exciting.
There are no cars on the island except a few vehicles for transporting passengers to and from the airport, delivering goods to the hotels. To get around you either walk or hire a golf buggy. We did both but the buggy was so much fun when we decided to take it a bit easier! There’s a freedom zipping around in the sunshine and in all that fresh air that is difficult to replicate anywhere else, and we spent the week snorkelling, eating at amazing restaurants, and just escaping reality for a little while.
I also made the most of the balcony and the view over the Coral Sea. I curled up with a good book more times than I can remember 🙂
Center Parcs, UK
In 2011, on a visit from Australia, I met my brother and his family and my parents at Center Parcs. I’d never been anywhere like it before…hiring bikes, swimming every day, cooking barbecues outside our chalets.
This sort of holiday came without the hassles of passports and airline tickets, without the delays at the airport and the fear of lost luggage. Center Parcs was so organised and I left after four days feeling tired, but a happy tired. It was a real getaway and all that fresh air a blessing. There’s so much to do there for kids and adults.
So… tempted by any of the ideas above for a holiday? We’d love to hear all about your favourite holiday, or your worse – if you dare to share. I must admit I’m close to booking Center Parcs, although I’ve heard Eurocamp is pretty amazing too.
Let the investigations begin!
Helen R 🙂