- Moderate daily exercise in the open air whether it be swimming, cycling, skiing or walking.
- Great scenery. Mountains or coastline will do nicely. Give me both and I’m as happy as the biggest piggy in a pile of poo that you’ve ever come across.
- A big pile of books and plenty of moments to read them.
- A mixture of quality conversation and activity with the little man with a bit of time to myself. I achieve this by planning to stop at places where we’re bound to meet other kids.
- Meeting friendly and interesting people on our travels. We’re good at this as we both love to chat.
- Eating good food whether it be perfectly ripened Mediterranean tomatoes, a perfectly cooked fried breakfast egg or those very occasional meals out. That’ll usually have seafood involved if we’re by the shore.
- A tipple or two…..oh okay I’ve been caught out. It’s usually three!
- A snooze after lunch if I fancy one. Often this ma be related to the previous item on the list.
- Somewhere comfy to slouch around for a couple of hours of so in the day. A good mattress at night. The hotel I’m staying in is great for this but so is the motorhome.
- That rare chance that I don’t have during a normal working week to contemplate my navel.
Note that my list doesn’t include pampering, a vast new holiday wardrobe or very much shopping at all. These are components of holidays that many view as totally and utterly essential but I readily forego. Nor is there a never ending stream of visits to attractions that demand an entrance fee. Skiing is my annual high cost exception and I do stump up to get into places that really take my fancy. Had we have had more time in
Barcelona …….. would have worked its way into
this category but I adore the challenge of finding free things to do whether we
go. With this thrifty approach I get to
satisfy my vast wanderlust and head off
for pastures both new and much loved way
more often than most others in similar financial circumstances.