The sequel to Remember How We is here and we’re feeling pretty excited!
Remember how we,
Looked out the window
At the rain and the gloom,
Dreamed of the sea
From a beach-view room?
Remember how we,
Started looking online
Just to see what there was
Then our heads filled with dreams
Of the ocean, because
Suddenly it seemed
Like not such a bad idea:
Palm trees and water crystal clear,
Flying fish and cou cou
Washed down with beer.
With school holidays ahead
A bind and a pain
Wasn’t there so much to gain
From a trip out of term-time
To a warmer clime?
Remember how we,
Threw caution to the wind
(And our bank account)
Did the maths
And realised the amount
Would be even more,
(And we’re a family of four),
From September next year
Which is getting near?
Remember when we,
Whipped out our card
(In the end it wasn’t too hard)
And off we went
Because even with interest at 30 per cent,
We couldn’t make a loss,
On a lovely week in… Barbados!!
Remember How We?
Ok, before you hate me, this is our first holiday since September 2014. Not a zillion years ago but enough life stuff has happened since then for us to need a Proper Rest. Not that I’m necessarily expecting that to happen travelling long-ish haul with a 1 year old and a 2 year old but oh, just to Feel The Sun On My Face!
Also, I’ve travelled to some really beautiful places before but almost always back-packing, and most of my exotic travels have been with Mr Brightness who insists on open-air beach-shack style huts wherever possible (i.e. cheap; includes “authentic” insects and toilets – remind me to tell you some time about the “eco-lodge” we’ve affectionately named The Spider Hut in Ghana), but this time we’re Staying In A Hotel! (upside to travelling with children).
Given that we only recently attempted our first long car journey since Arthur was born a year ago, this is quite a feat for us, but we are EXCITED! (as you can probably tell).
The 30% interest rate mentioned in the poem is a joke but it does raise a point.
We were toying with the idea of going away but thinking we should be financially sensible when a friend pointed out to us that if we priced up a holiday we liked out of term-time and then compared the price of the same holiday a few weeks later during the Easter holidays, even if you did end up paying a high end rate of interest on a credit card to fund the trip, you would still make a saving by travelling out of term-time (she says, clutching at all the – rum punch – straws).
Okay, I’m not going to be giving the excellent Martin Lewis and his Money Saving Expert tips a run for his money any time soon, but after a few glasses of wine the economics of this made perfect sense!
So we are busy packing and preparing over here at Brightness HQ.
Dylan asks us every morning if we are going to the beach today, and one of these days he is going to get lucky!
If anyone has any tips on 8 hour flights with a 1 year old and a 2 year old, now would be a good time to share… have you done it? Are we mad?
Also, mild panic this week when I went to dig out my “holiday clothes” and couldn’t find any. Then I realised that during my last holiday abroad I was pregnant and the one before that in 2013 breast-feeding a 5 month old (i.e. lots of easy access dresses, not really appropriate now, it’s not that sort of holiday) – I have no beachwear!
Where do we old lady mums of two buy such things from now?
Is it time for… the one piece?
(PS – sorry about the song. Intolerable.)
I’m linking this post up with the Cool Mum Club