This afternoon I am going on my first ‘lie by the pool and do nothing’ holiday in… forever. I mean, quite literally, forever. I can’t remember ever having a holiday where I just relaxed for the whole time.
My boyfriend and I have only had a handful of holidays together. Two abroad and both have been long weekend city breaks which are lovely, but they’re busy. They’re full of sight-seeing, walking for miles and taking lots in. They’re great, but they’re crammed and they’re tiring. Often you come home feeling more worn out than when you left.
I feel like I’ve had quite a stressful year. I’ve had a lot going on health-wise. I’ve been diagnosed with chronic migraine. I’ve also had months of stomach pain and food elimination diets to diagnose food intolerances. And I’ve had a really busy time at work since autumn.
I have been craving a holiday. I real holiday.
The kind where I can switch off and I mean really switch off. I want to lie by the swimming pool or on the beach all day with a cocktail in my hand and not move unless it’s to get another drink or to eat.
So my friend and I booked an all-inclusive (I know right, I have NEVER had an all-inclusive) holiday to Menorca for seven days – at a hotel that has a whole gluten-free menu.
I can’t wait to feel like there’s nothing else I should be doing in that moment. There’s no to-do list or bill to pay or admin to do. There’s nothing else I need to worry about except being there in that moment, feeling the sun on my face and the breeze on my skin.
I can’t wait to switch off my phone before heading off to Gatwick airport to have a proper digital detox for seven whole days.
I can’t wait to catch up with my friend, telling drunken stories through the night, reminiscing and cringing about our uni days and the silly things we got up to.
I can’t wait to feel free.