Candice: Phil’s told me I should respond to his blog post about holidays. I definitely NEED to respond to it or else a lot of holiday companies will be shutting their doors over the next few weeks as people start to question the reason for having a break.
I think my writing partner has missed the point of a holiday, but that might be because of the type of holiday he takes.
Phil: working holiday, lots of photos and films, sometimes talking about trains, lots of exploring, not really enjoying the whole flying thing.
Candice: and relax….. beach, pool, sunbed, sun, a round of breakfast, sun lounger, lunch, sun lounger, dinner, cocktail and then bed before doing it all again the next day. There definitely has to be sun, books that I can spend time enjoying, sights to see but not too many that it takes away from the relaxing.
There is one change to the Nolan holiday in the last four years, the inclusion of kids club and mini disco. The second is almost more important than the first for the family addition, it’s the first thing she asks for when we get on holiday. The funny thing is we’ve been to Cyprus and Mexico in the last six months and they have played mainly the same songs!
I suppose my need to have at least one booked comes down to a few things. There is more to life than work and my holidays are my release from the constant round of nursery drop off, work, meetings, gym and week upon week feeling the same. I love the heat and get terrible SAD so need to know I’ve got a chance to get some sunshine under my belt when the UK doesn’t comply. And I always like to get something new out of these trips, visit somewhere I haven’t been, have an experience I haven’t done before. You cant see Chichen Itza in the UK.
And yes there is the whole build-up to the event: packing, planning, dieting but I have the luxury of working for a big company so don’t have quite the same pressures as Phil (i.e. someone to cover my role), and then there is the full inbox on return, but I wouldn’t give up having a holiday for anything, there’s more to life than those emails.