I am off on holidays in 2 days time and in celebration, that’s exactly what I’m writing about. Everyone loves a good holiday – the time off work, places to explore, experiences to be had and photos to be posted on Facebook; travelling creates a sense of euphoria. There are so many holidays to be had and, below, a few everyone should experience;
- The family holiday
Whether it’s when you were 7 years old, the activities were endless and you never wanted to go back to school, or 27 holidaying for a relative’s wedding and sharing a bottle of wine with your olds, family holidays remind you that sometimes the best times are shared with your own kind. Plus, you can usually count on mum and dad to pay for at least some of the trip!
- The group holiday
Gather up as many friends as you can, partners included, add a few cases of alcohol and experience the group holiday. Usually at an easy to reach destination (a mate’s holiday home or Bali) and anywhere from a long weekend to a week away (any more than a week and your liver will start to seriously hate you).
- The girl’s/boy’s getaway
While I’m not exactly sure what a boy’s getaway consists of (golf?), I do know that a girl’s getaway is a must. Take two or three of your closest girlfriends, drink wine, eat chocolate, soak up some sun and gossip like there’s no tomorrow.
- The contiki
Most people contiki with one or two mates. This gives you the perfect balance – the comfort of a good friend combined with the fun of meeting new people. A whirlwind adventure where you get to visit 10 countries in 20 days. A great holiday for anyone who wants minimum input, maximum output. Or anyone in their early-mid twenties.
- The solo trip
While the idea that great memories are made when you have someone to share them with certainly holds true, everyone should experience their own solo trip at least once. Be selfish with your time, spend as long as you like wherever you like, the choice is yours and yours alone.
- The romantic getaway
Escape from realities and live in your own little bubble for a few days. Drink up as much love and romance as you can stomach. Location wise, choose the extremes – glorious sunshine with some sort of beach front view or wonderful snow with an open fireplace. Simply add yourself, your partner and a king size bed.
Having listed all of these, the holiday I’m about to go on a holiday has a slight twist – it’s a group holiday, but not with my group. It’s not even anyone else’s group, either. Sure, we’ve all met before and are friends of friends, however this group isn’t one that spends time altogether.
While slightly nerve-racking spending 10 straight days in a country I’ve never been to (New Zealand), doing activities I’ve never done (snowboarding) with people who aren’t my direct group of friends, I am really looking forward to the extra dimension this will add to the holiday.
I’m excited to spend time with different people. It’s easy to get stuck in a routine and never venture outside your comfort zone. Going on holidays with your normal group of friends means you tend to know how it will be and what will happen before you’ve even gotten off the plane or out the car. With this holiday, I can look forward to brand new experiences and get to know brand new things about everyone I’m travelling with. It’s a holiday I can’t predict and that’s part of what makes me so excited. Wish me well!