How is the Christmas shopping going? I am going to be a bit smug and claim I have nearly finished the buying part. I feel like I’ve haemorrhaged my bank account in the past few days though. I have done most of my shopping in the space of a week. The joy of shopping online! However I now just need a fairy to come wrap it all up and make it look pretty! I seem to have stuff everywhere and it makes me feel like a hoarder. I have been trying to clear out at the same time as I dislike having stuff everywhere.
The darker evenings are also taking their toll on me. I dislike that it gets dark so quickly and I’m finding it hard to fit the dogs walks in around all the family stuff and work stuff. Being freelance means that I have flexibility but I still have an awful lot to squeeze into my day.
I found myself already dreaming of summer! Whilst online shopping I found myself browsing holidays as I have yet to book for next year. Last year I booked 15 months before we went but I have not gotten so organised this year. This is due to not knowing what I really want to do. Chloe is making her own plans for after A Levels which involves Club18/30 (I know, I know). However she also doesn’t like the idea of us being away without her and I am feeling all the guilt – which is why I think I haven’t booked anything yet.
It seems alien to go away on a proper holiday without her. However, I am thinking I need to get thinking. I would also like to do more cultural holidays now. The past few years have been just relaxation staying at an all-inclusive resort that we rarely leave. Whilst that makes for an easy holiday with the children and a restful one I want to do a bit more. I want to visit places, I want to see the sights and it to be a little more authentic.
It seems a shame to visit stunning countries and cities and not see beyond the beach or worse, beyond the sun lounger. The children enjoy travelling now and it would be so much easier to experience a culture of a country now. We don’t just need hotel food I want to explore local food and the children are more adventurous now and not in fixed routines. It seems the time to shake up our holidays and reassess what we all want.
It would be lovely to visit Italy. I want to take in everything about Italy from the stunning landscape, the Roman history, Renaissance art and delicious food. We could visit the ghostly ruins of Pompeii and the Renaissance city of Florence; explore the iconic Tower of Pisa and floating Venice.
So whilst you crack on with the Christmas shopping I will be dreaming away looking and making my summer plans!
What do you have planned for next summer?
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