January… month of resolutions, diets and dreaming of escaping from it all… if only we could decide where to escape to.
Prior to 2010 hubby and I had never been outside of Europe. Then our telly box tempted us to the east. We watched the Malaysian Grand Prix and a documentary about orangutans and the next thing we knew we were on a Malaysian airlines flight to Borneo, stopping over for a few nights in Kuala Lumpur en-route. I remember landing in this far off, distant and incredibly humid land and worrying that we had made a big mistake. We hadn’t. The food, the culture, the tropical storms, the people, the sunsets, the walks through the rainforest taking in the unfamiliar animals and plants, the luxury hotel – this is where our love affair with the east began.
We returned for our honeymoon in 2011, taking in the delights of Singapore and the beauty of Langkawi. 2012 saw us pay more attention to our finances and adding some character to our new-build apartment so a big holiday wasn’t on the cards. And now 2013 is upon us. There’s still decorating to be done and money to save, but there’s no denying that a break from the daily grind would be nice.
On New Years Eve hubby’s family invited us to go on cruise with them. I’m lucky enough to get on well with my in-laws and loved the idea of going on holiday with them. However, the thought of going on a European cruise left me and hubby cold. We tried to challenge ourselves. We checked brochures, we tried to look at the holiday objectively. It didn’t matter what we did, we just couldn’t get excited about it. When we found out how much it was going to cost the decision was made. It would have been lovely to go away with the family, but it would be foolish for us to pay that much money for something we’re not that bothered about. Don’t get me wrong, if it’s something you want to do it’s good value. But at the end of the day it’s all about perceived worth isn’t it?
Once we found out how much the cruise was going to cost I took a look on the Kuoni and Travelbag websites to see where we could go for the same amount of money, or less. I found five-star resorts in Sri Lanka, five-star luxury in Crete, long weekends in New York and even an action packed trip to see the Northern Lights for less. And, it wasn’t so much that these holidays were cheaper, it was more that I could get excited about them. “Look at that view”, I yelled at hubby. “Baby elephants”, I squealed.
It soon became obvious, we’d spoiled ourselves. We’d done long-haul luxury for a couple of years, now anything less than this just wasn’t going to measure up. A bit like trying to go from ‘Tesco Finest’ to ‘Tesco Everyday’ (or whatever they’re called nowadays). Not that the cruise wasn’t lovely, but it was Tesco Finest Cannelloni, not the Nasi Goreng which we’d become accustomed to.
We do have a long-weekend in Madrid in April to look forward to (I gave hubby tickets to a Real Madrid match for our first anniversary…how good a wife am I?) and we’ve since been invited to Devon with the in-laws in June which I’m weirdly more happy about than being invited on the cruise… that’ll be perceived worth again I guess. Will we jet off for a big holiday this year? Who knows…
Where are you holidaying this year?