Last week the lovely girls from loveholiday.com emailed me and asked a very difficult question, Why do you go on holiday? No one had ever asked me this before and I had never thought about it, I just like going on holiday. To inspire me they gifted me with this amazing scratch off world map* which was so much fun although, it has just made me realise how little of the world I have seen! I mean the fact that my parents took me to France 14 times hasn’t helped the situation. I really need to start travelling more!
When it comes to holidays I research every aspect before I decide where to go. I spend hours reading reviews checking there is a lot to do, even making an itinerary etc… Then once it’s finally all booked and the holiday approaches the packing begins and yes I am one of those people that loves packing for a holiday. While we are on the topic of packing I came across a problem this summer when I was going to Tenerife and someone mentioned something I had never even considered. I was really struggling to get my suitcase under 15kg mainly because of my toiletries. Someone then asked me why I didn’t just buy stuff like shampoo and hairspray etc at the airport after going through security; it was so simple yet it had never crossed my mind. In all honesty, I would only do this if I couldn’t get my case below the necessary weight as I like to be organised and, to me, buying stuff on the day is a tad unorganised. When it comes to going on holiday I am definitely in my element. Everything is organised, the cases are packed days in advance so I have time to figure out how on earth to get my case to weigh less than the allowed limit, I have poly pockets full of print offs and I am also a bossy madam! I absolutely love everything that comes with going on holiday apart from coming home, obviously.
Anyway back to the question at hand, why do I go on holiday?
I think I used to go on holiday to get away, relax and lie by a pool in the sun. However since getting older I have begun to expect more from a holiday. I mainly go on holiday with my boyfriend now and luckily we enjoy the exact same holidays. We go on holiday to explore, to have fun and I suppose to just spend time with each other. While we are at home we of course get time to ourselves however with families, friends, work and everything else it’s nice to get away from everything together and spend some quality time in an amazing location. The last holiday we went on together was Iceland at the start of the year and it was absolutely amazing. Although I knew I no longer liked lying-by-the-pool type holidays going to Iceland made me realise that my reasons for why I go on holiday had changed because, trust me, it is anything but sunny in Iceland in January. Now holidays are not just time to relax but a time to explore. I usually create a list of all the things we want to do while away so we know what we need to fit in before we go home. In between all the activities we always make sure we have a couple of quieter days but I have learnt as I have grown up that you get so much more from a holiday if you explore and discover all the amazing things about the country you are in.
If I could I would travel a lot more. My current wish is to travel across America starting in New York and working my way across to San Francisco hitting places like Washington and New Orleans on the way. Until that becomes reality I’ll just have to dream and keep exploring other places. Also, my boyfriend and I loved Iceland, it is beautiful and if you ever get the chance to go take it cause it is an amazing country, however, we now want to do the Scandinavian countries in the snow as we have been assure they are just as beautiful.
So why do I go on holiday? To spend time in a beautiful location, explore and spend time with the people I love all while being surrounded by culture and having fun.
I’d love you to comment and let me know why you go on holiday….
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