As we start planning another holiday, I realised I hadn’t shared some of my favourite photos of our first family holiday where a passport was required. Last October we went to Hurghada to celebrate my 40th and his 50th.
There was a bit of comedy involved. Originally we were going to go away for my 40th as my parents had kindly gifted me a set of passports. The expense of passports had always been a key factor in holiday decisions. With the promise of a summer heatwave in Britain, we decided to stay home for my 40th and go away in the October half-term. The irony of hiring a beach hut on Barry Island to watch the horizontal rain wasn’t lost.
It did mean by October we were ready for a break, and as the weather was turning bleak it was a fantastic time to get away. We chose to stay at Tui Magic Life Kalawy which was absolutely perfect. We wanted all inclusive as we didn’t know how the kids would respond to the food choices, and we wanted sun. Egypt in October was still a little too hot for the children but perfect for me.
As expected we didn’t do much. This was only meant to be a relaxing holiday so we stocked up on fun inflatables and snorkelling masks for the children, and I took a stack of books where time hadn’t been on my side for reading.
And what can I say? Well, a lot. I learned a lot. But in hindsight, of course it was perfect. So much so Mr J wants to return this November. My tendency that you should try somewhere new every holiday is quite strong. But now Cardiff is flying to Hurghada it’s much more realistic. I just need to find a comparable resort.
And it’s not that I now love holidays in the Britain any less. And I have loved our camping holidays and staying in cottages. I love revisiting old haunts and finding new favourite places. Discovering New Quay in half-term is testament to this. But there is something about finding a different blueness in the sky and the consistency of the warm. I think we knew as soon as we returned we’d not let our passports go to waste.
And, whilst I know all-inclusive is a luxury, whilst the children discover their tastes and preferences, it balances out. Someday I hope island-hopping around Greece might be possible. But. Our first family holiday abroad was as perfect as it could have been. I’ll know to let the children have the electronic devices on the plane next time. I’ll know that we should always fly from Cardiff Airport as it’s only 3 miles away. And that inflatables, a ball, a pack of cards and snorkels are essentials.
So, just because. Here are a few of my favourite captures from Hurghada.