Vacations are always fun. One
should take time out at least once a year for a nice cozy vacation. They are
even more fun when you have your family around. Exploring new places,
travelling across countries, getting to know new cultures, new people –
everything about a vacation is fun and exciting. The excitement starts a long
time before the actual vacation in fact.
When I was a kid, my parents took
a vacation twice a year – once in summer and once in October (we have a huge
Puja Holidays). I don’t even remember where the first few vacations were
because my mum says I am travelling around since the age of 5 months. But I definitely
have seen innumerable photos of our travelogues.
Well, I have heard many a times
from my mom how I troubled them during their trips as a kid. From howling in
flights to not waking up or not even wanting to eat. I always turned fussy
while travelling! (I really don’t know why – I love travelling now). But I always
travelled with my most favorite companion whenever we travelled in train – my little
teddy. As a kid I was inseparable from my teddy whom I called ‘Teli’ because I couldn’t pronounce D that time.
But the most embarrassing story
has been the in numerous times I have puked! Yeah you read that right. Every
time we visited any hill station I had to puke, like every time we travelled
through hills. I love visiting hills but I hate the long winding roads with
hair pin bends. Actually even now ill prefer visiting a beach than a hill – but
I still love hills.
As I grew up my tantrums
lessened! I started co-operating a little more. I specially looked forward to
the times when we planned a vacation for weeks – which country to visit, which
tour operator could do bookings, what all we can do – and when to start
shopping!!! Yeah there used to be these two distinct shopping times – one before
the vacation and one during the trip! My dad always wondered why we wanted to
load our bags with new clothes from here and then again buy another suitcase
from the other place and load it again with all the shopping from the trip. But
that itself is fun.
Before every vacation I
automatically didn’t have anything in my wardrobe – or didn’t like what I had.
And as far as I remember we have bought extra suitcases from all destinations
that we visited except from some countries like – Egypt, Greece and some
But that’s all part and parcel of
having a great vacation. Finally what someone wants out of a vacation – happy faces,
happy souls. And family vacations give you just that. Happiness and love all
around. Kids can be fussy but they are always fun, they too need time away from
their school, studies, classes as much as we need breaks from the mundane work
life. When I have my kids I would like to go on long fun filled adventurous
holidays which they can enjoy and also learn. But I hope they throw less tantrums unlike me! LOL.
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