Sometimes life can take you by surprise in a completely unexpected way, a good way! I’ve been the very fortunate recipient of one such lovely surprise recently, as I publish this Life Lately post today I’ll be heading off on a gift of a trip…
Travel is one of my absolute passions. I love EVERYTHING about it (except maybe the goodbyes!) and I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a fair amount of travel in my life so far, mostly thanks to the fact that we chose to live in the UK for 2 years before we had kids (and school fees to pay!)
This meant we were able to travel a fair bit of Europe, not enough, but we got a taste of the place. Enough for me to know that I needed to see so much more of the continent!
We mostly enjoyed time in the Northern and Western part of the continent – The Netherlands, north of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy – but one of the areas of Europe that we didn’t get to explore is the destination of this exciting trip….
For the next few days we’ll be cruising on a yacht around the Cyclades islands (I’m sorry, please don’t hate me!!!)
We’ve been invited to join up with friends (one of whom has a skipper’s license) and we’ll be meeting up in Athens, after flying via Ethiopia and Turkey!
Then our schedule is totally unchartered or planned, something that’s stressing the planner in my out, but, when you’re at the mercy of the wind speed and direction, you can’t plan much!
What I do know is that I’ll be in Greece, sailing on the Aegean sea, so I don’t think too much else matters, right!?
Obviously I did have to do SOME prep so I put together a list of the possible island destinations we may stop off at, as well as what they’re most well known for, just in case…
Ios – nightlife
Mykonos – nightlife, beaches
Milos – beaches, snorkeling
Naxos – traditional life, ruins, beaches
Paros – water sports, snorkeling
Folegandros – traditional life, food
Koufonsia – peace & quiet
Tinos – villages, taverns
Delos – history
Andros – scenery
Sifnos – food
As further prep I’ve downloaded a few free GreekGuide.com apps from the iStore to have on my phone just in case we stop off at one of these spots! Let’s hope so!
Have you been to Greece? Which islands did you visit? Please leave a comment below to let me know which ones you most recommend. I’m all about beautiful scenery and delicious food so from the sounds of things I think I’ll be OK!
Another thing that I’ll have to prepare is stocking the boat with provisions. I’ve been tasked with doing the main shop when we arrive at the marina in Athens. Yes, think of me while I try to do the shopping in GREEK. Where literally everything is in GREEK. Eeeeek.
I’ve got a list of what to buy and a few boat-friendly recipes so let’s hope that helps. I’m not so sure!
What I am on top of is my packing. If you read my Perfect Packing List for Carry-On Luggage only then you’ll be super proud of me… I managed to keep my entire luggage for just over 10 days down to 1 small hand luggage bag! I have one travel outfit (most of the bulky items) set aside for me to wear in transit and a camera bag with all my tech stuff, but other than that I should have no lost luggage issues because I’m carrying it all with me. (Go and check out my packing list here)
I’m so excited to share the experience with you, wifi willing, I’ll be posting on Instagram stories and Instagram itself while I’m there and will be blogging about the trip on my return so look out for that if you’re keen to find out more about Greece and what goes into a sailing holiday… wish me luck, I’ve had to buy sailing gloves… I’m not quite sure what I’m in for!!!
Anyway, that’s my very brief Life Lately post, I’m sorry if it’s not exactly what you feel like hearing about this Thursday morning…. Thanks for reading anyway and getting excited for me. To be honest I think I’m writing this post to actually feel some more excitement about the trip! Until now I’ve been more stressed than excited, which is usually how I roll before I travel.
My enthusiasm is also slightly tempered by the fact that my kids aren’t coming with us and my littlest person is really struggling with the idea of her mom and dad going away without her for soooooo long (in her mind!) She’s been in tears almost every night and that makes me feel like the most terrible mother in the world…
Yes, this blog is meant to be a platform where I remind other moms that they are still people which means that they should still do exciting, adventurous things even though they have kids, BUT the truth is that it really sucks when you feel like you’re being a selfish cow, heading off on an adventure while your baby cries herself to sleep. Help!
My hope is that the goodbye this morning will go smoothly with very few tears from either of us… I’m not quite sure what to expect! Any advice???
Once I’m in the Uber on the way to the airport I think I’ll start to relax and look forward to everything. I’m sure I’ll get there, after all we’re going somewhere that looks like this…
Do you have any handy advice on saying goodbyes to your little ones when you head off on your work trips or travels?
Please do share them in the comments section below.