Holiday. It means something different to everyone, right? Whether you opt for the beach, a city, or even a staycation, everyone has their own holiday thing.
When I was younger I went on a holiday to Mexico with my family. I was so excited in the run up to it, thinking about all the things I could possibly do in this far flung destination.
But when we got there, all my family were interested in doing was chilling out, enjoying the sun and going for the occasional dip. I was so bored! Why have we come all this way to not even taste the local food, meet the local people and explore the culture? It was truly beyond me.
Now, being an adult working approximately 50 hour weeks (on a good week) I totally see the appeal of settling down with a good book, soaking in some vitamin D and taking some time to recharge those batteries.
Could I do it for every trip? No, definitely not. But being a teacher affords me the luxury of having time off to take more than one holiday in a year. So back to that original question: ‘what does ‘holiday’ mean to me?’
A few things pop to mind: discovering a new place, beaches and sunshine, relaxation, culture, fun and excitement.
I love planning for a new trip, trying to find the next place I want to visit and the best flight and hotel deals. I know some people can’t think of anything worse than planning! But when I’ve got nothing else to do I’ll happily sit and look at flight costs or potential hotels and make a note of any that I like the sound of for future trips.
So many of our travels have come from my random evening searches: Thailand, Dominican Republic, Miami and Jamaica to name a few. In retrospect, actually most of our trips have resulted from my random searches!!
My favourite thing to do when visiting a new place is to just explore. Whether that be on foot, by bike or public transport. There really is no better way to get stuck in to a new place than by getting lost on narrow winding streets or on the local bus network. That, coupled with a little bit of relaxation, gives the perfect mixture to make any Rambling Traveller a very happy bunny indeed.
Now, all this talk of holiday means its time to plan the next adventure…
What does holiday mean to you? Let us know in the comments below!
The Rambling Travellers