Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Dreams of a Lazy Holiday Are Starting to Fade Away

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Dreams of a Lazy Holiday Are Starting to Fade Away

Article excerpt

WE are heading overseas for Christmas to visit our son who is now living in London.

It's been about 13 years since our last overseas trip, so my wife and I are getting a bit excited.

The last time we went, we took the kids.

They were about 10 and 13 at the time so things had to be fairly well organised.

We did plenty of planning to make sure we didn't end up in the middle of nowhere, with nowhere to sleep for the night and no hope of getting a feed.

It all seemed to work fairly well.

The kids were fed, had somewhere to sleep (most nights) and apart from a few niggles about my dodgy driving, had a fantastic holiday.

This time I was really looking forward to a sort of unorganised holiday.

My ideal holiday was one in which I just jumped out of bed (well, rolled anyway) and went wherever the wind blew me and trusted that my wife and/or the kindness of strangers would ensure that I didn't starve, get lost or become a victim of a terrorist bombing.

That was the original plan.

But I should have known better.

My wife is the supreme organiser.

She knows better than to leave something important like a holiday to me.

She has read every book on England, France, Italy and Ireland and is busily planning where and when we are going, how much money we will need, how we will access it, how we will stop dodgy European types from stealing it and a million other things.

We are stopping for a couple of days in Dubai on the way over.

Her eyes glitter just a bit too brightly when she talks of a little shopping expedition or two.

Naturally, she is organising almost every spare minute of our time there.

I'll be amazed if I don't end up on a camel as part of a tour.

Probably end up lost in a sand storm - and that may be about the best thing that could happen. …

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