It’s that time of year: I’m feeling rubbish from catching some lurgy, it’s cold and grey outside and I just want to pack up and go, get out of here and explore.
Before starting a family of our own Dadonthebrink and I would don our backpacks and be off on a Christmas adventure to some far away land. Exploring, walking, busing, training, driving, snowboarding and sailing. We had a ball!
Since having the kids we’ve been preoccupied, settling in as a family, not knowing how to restart on our adventures as a family. We tell the kids stories of our antics as we look though our holiday pictures, reminiscing.
We took Angelina with us on a little family ski holiday when she was just 9 months old and took the grandparents to babysit. My dad didn’t cope well with the altitude, so we were ferrying him to hospital. We did have fun too, but it wasn’t a formula that would work for us- spending time with family who don’t ski and us having a snow holiday.
Now the travel bug is really starting to bight again. We want to travel more, do some of our favourite things:
I want the children to learn to ski and snowboard. I want them to experience the exhilaration of concurring a new slope, admire the beauty that greets the skier at the top of the piste, really enjoy that hot chocolate warming you through after a good run and finally to be able to return to a chalet with warm food waiting to sit down after for a board game before snuggling up.
I also want to share with them our love of sailing!
We get seasick? So what! It only lasts a day! I should know: I spent 4 months sailing the Eastern Med in 2006, including waters of Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
The excitement of learning to navigate into a new port, to learn to read the weather and get the wind to take you where you want…well that sense of accomplishment stays with you for a long long time. Drop the anchor and plunge into clear waters for a swim? Don’t mind if I do! We’ll take it in baby steps and start resort based maybe. (We might have to give the G&T a miss for a few more years, just till the Littlins can sail and swim confidently… that’s what you get for being a sensible parent!)
Mark Warner, I blame you for unleashing the travel bugs on me! After our encounter with your lovely team at the Mumsnet blogfest, you planted the bug in me well and truly. Cocktails and a surf instructor? Yes, that’ll do!
Ok, so it didn’t help that Max and I had our mini pamper break to Majorca with Thomson in September. It made me realise how much I want to share my passion for travel with my children, to introduce them to the sights, smells and sounds of foreign lands.
Stories from far away lands, like we read from our growing Barefoot Books collection, will help. Technology makes it easy to become virtual tourists. That real life experience, however, cannot be substituted. This is why I’d like to be a Mark Warner Mum and excite you, my dear readers, with all the things you could get upto, share the challenges and competitions the company are running.
What holiday do you prefer: Sun or Ski?