26 Mar

During the first three years of being married and having a proper job and pretending to be a grown up, Josh and I haven’t really taken many holidays.

Sure, we’ve been on some fabulous short breaks – like camping in Pembrokeshire, and staying in the yurt…and we went to Scotland with our friends, but we haven’t really been on a proper holiday just by ourselves.


Neither of us have done a huge amount of travelling throughout our lives and so, with our newlywed budget dictating things, going on holiday wasn’t really top of the to-do list.

It wasn’t just going away on holiday we didn’t do. For some reason I didn’t tend to take large chunks of my allotted holiday all together. I guess I felt that if we weren’t going away I would be wasting the time.
As a result I ended up getting completely exhausted because I wasn’t giving myself enough time to recharge.

I really noticed it over Christmas. We visited family but then I had almost a week back in Aberystwyth just to relax before going back to work. It really helped me to recharge the batteries and I felt so much better for it.

So this year as part of our ‘make more effort’ campaign, we are making more effort to (a) make sure we are having enough time to be completely rested and (b) make the most of our time off and to see some new things.

1)      Next week we’re taking a TWO WEEK holiday!!! I am so ready for it as I can feel the tiredness levels creeping up and the productivity levels creeping down!
First we’re spending some time with our families and then we’re heading to Abersoch with some of our friends. Can’t wait!

2)      In August we’re going Northumberland with some of our close friends. It will be slightly different to our holiday to Scotland last year because there will be a new born baby with us! Our friends Will and Anna are expecting their first baby in April. It will be interesting to see how it changes our friendship dynamic, but I’m sure it will be FUN!

The Deeps Self Catering Holiday Cottage, Hunstanworth, Nr Blanchland

3)      BUT – the most exciting plan we have is to go to Shetland in July. OHHHHHH I’m so excited! It’s a fully arranged wildlife tour. To be honest, it’s a little bit of a risk – just incase we don’t get on with this style of holiday at all – but then you never know if you don’t try!
For seven days we’ll be escorted around the best wildlife spots in Shetland, we’ll be staying in a lovely hotel and being fed three course meals daily…

 …and hopefully be seeing

 Killer Whale

Red-necked Phalarope

Great Skua


(photos from here)



6 Responses to “Holidays”

  1. Maureen March 27, 2010 at 4:17 am #

    those sound like grand holidays to look forward to!

  2. Chloe March 27, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Oh, I’m jealous!! haha
    All these plans are great!!

  3. Marla March 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    It sounds like you have some wonderful things to look forward too.

    Can I come too? 🙂

    • Rachel March 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

      Hehe…I’ll make a space in my suitcase

  4. Ros March 28, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    The wildlife trip sounds fantastic! I’m very jealous! What a wonderful thing to have to look forward too. xxx


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