Monday, January 14
Since late September I have spent whole days and entire evenings on the net planning ‘our first ever holiday as a family’. I started when my brother was here, we mapped out a route together, which changed a few times before I finally settled on one that I thought would suit us. I’ll never forget the look on his friends face when, whilst looking at flight routes I muttered, “at this rate we’ll forget to pick Skye up from school at midday…” We both glanced at the clock, it was 12.20.
Carlo has a whole lot of holiday leave saved up and was given permission to take it all in one go, and Skye won’t be missing out on anything important in kindergarten, in fact she’ll probably learn more travelling around with us (especially with all the ‘learn to read and write books that I have bought to take along). So we decided to spend a month travelling abroad, cushioned between some family time in the UK.
I wanted us to go somewhere that we had never been to before, somewhere that we could explore together as a family. So we ruled out the US, Caribbean, and the rest of Europe. We nearly decided to go to South Africa and stay with my godfather in Jo’berg before exploring the rest of the country. This was actually a big family plan that was supposed to take place last year, with my parents, brothers but the unexpected happened and without Mum the plan fizzled out.
Over the last few years many Positanese have started to spend their winters in Thailand. Nearly everyone we know has been there and loved it so naturally we became curious.
“But, it’ll be full of Positanese!” I protested. “We’ll have nothing new to tell everyone because they’ve all been there and done it before us!”
“I think it’d be fun, bumping into all sorts of neighbours on faraway beaches!” Carlo was more enthusiastic than me. “Think of it this way; if we get Thailand out of the way, then next time we can go somewhere the others haven’t been.”
So I started looking at flights to Thailand, but they were very expensive if leaving from Italy and not much cheaper from the UK. I got my atlas out and started feeding city names into various airline websites. Finally I had a plan. I booked the flights and started looking for places to stay, then how to get from the airports to the hotels, then what to see, what to do, where to go and how to get there. And how to move on to the next destination, and how much it would all cost. I think I did pretty well.
I’ve got the first 10 days organised.
We're flying to Hong Kong first. After a few days there we move on to Bangkok. Then a few days in Phuket and onto Krabi where we’ll stay for a while before moving on southwards through Thailand and Malaysia until we reach our final destination, Singapore. It’s the Malaysia bit that is bothering me. I am trying to narrow it down to 2 or 3 different places to visit in Malaysia. Should we choose Penang or Langkawi? The Cameron Highlands or Perinthian Besar? Visit the Tioman Islands before hopefully meeting up with family friends in Kuala Lumpar? Who knows where we'll end up?
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