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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Where is your Dream Destination?

It turns out that writing a post about my dream destination; where I've been, or want to go, is a lot more difficult than I thought!

I feel extremely privileged to have been able to travel to a lot of different countries in my life - for years as a young child, we flew out to join my Dad for our holidays. He worked as a Chief Engineer in the Merchant Navy, and was often away for six months at a time, so we went and joined him - and lived on the oil or gas tankers... but that's a post for another time!

We went up and down the Mediterranean, through the Suez canal, all the way across to Canada and even down to the Bahamas. I returned to the Bahamas for my honeymoon and it would still be right up there as one of my favourite destinations.

We joined ships off the coast of Turkey, Gibraltar, Italy and many other fabulous holiday destinations, but rarely got to experience them as proper holidays. I am definitely not complaining though - wow what a life experience to have at that age.

On Grand Bahama beach with my siblings. Please excuse the part-nudity ;)

The Bahamas would have to be joint equal with Barbados, where we went for a 'baby-making' holiday around nine years ago. Sadly I couldn't quite enjoy it to the full, as I discovered shortly before we flew out that I was already 7 weeks pregnant... and yep, the morning sickness kicked in big time on the flight. So I'd love to go back to Barbados and enjoy a different aspect of it.

Sunset in Barbados
The 'quiet place' I picture in my mind when trying to sleep/chill
As I got a bit older, I enjoyed living in Germany for a year and I still have an exchange partner there who I would dearly love to go back and visit. I'd do that as the same time as the Christmas markets ideally; the Germans do Gluhwein the best!

I also holidayed in the 'traditional' places as I continued to grow older - Ibiza, Majorca, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Sweden and of course plenty of places around England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.


With my job as a buyer, I got to fly Business Class (which is an amazing experience in itself!) to Thailand, Taiwan and Hong Kong (to visit China). The one place I can think of that I'd love to visit but never have is Japan.


My most amazing experience though, and my Dream Destination is... drumroll please.... Australia. Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth, it's all amazing. We were lucky enough to visit this gorgeous country twice and we linked the trips in with visiting New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore and California - all highly recommended too. 
The Sydney Harbour Bridge - we actually walked over the top of this!
Mr C doing his James Bond impression - good from a distance, eh?!
The Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Australia
London Bridge, in Australia 

Another marvel of nature along the Great Ocean Road
We did all that long-haul travel pre-children, so I would dearly love to go back there with my girls. We always had grand plans that we would take them when they were 8 and 6 (I think Chris had linked that in with cricket somehow....) but having children was obviously nothing like we expected it to be and we didn't exactly draw the easy straw. Travelling there with Sophie could be tricky for a few years yet so I think we've resigned ourselves to waiting until they are teenagers - but not leaving it too late so they don't want to holiday with us any more! Of course there is the little matter of saving up first too... wish us luck!

We've had so many memories and travelled on so many aeroplanes over the years, and I really hope our girls manage the same as they grow up. You can find out a bit more about flying at www.flying100years.com.


This post is an entry for the #Flying100 Family Holiday Challenge, celebrating how flying allows us to make memories and ‘be there’, in association with #Flying100. Find out more at http://bit.ly/flying100

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