Thursday, October 20, 2011

looking for a dream getaway

As someone who has always loved to travel, I've not been doing much of it lately, which led me to think of how things change when one has a child. Before E was born, we based our travel decisions differently, usually selecting a place where we could chill out and relax, find good restaurants to eat in and have a few spots of interesting sightseeing nearby. But, now that we have a little toddler with us, we just haven't been able to travel as much as we would have liked, usually because it just seems too much of an effort, and we are the quintessentially tired parents.

So, instead we are thinking that we need to shift our travel priorities, selecting places and resorts that cater to our needs not only as a family, but also offer tailor made packages that are luxurious and distinctive, so that I can keep that 1 hr hot oil massage as my goal while someone babysits my daughter for me. Now, that's a good vacation goal to have, right! Looking around online, I found that one of the leading vacation providers for such a service was a company called Tropical Sky which specializes in luxury holidays to tropical places. Ah, just the sound of it makes me want to book one of their all inclusive holidays to caribbean, where I can unwind and do something other than my daily routine. Keeping a child occupied on the beach is easy work too, with sandcastles to build and moats to dig, so I'll be able to maybe even read a bit. Yes, yes, I'm talking about reading a book, instead of a magazine! After a bit of browsing, I thought why not make a plan for a barbados holidays 2012, maybe we can get all the stars aligned if we start planning now itself.

Planning a vacation in advance is key in getting good deals, but often when one books too far in advance, one is not sure if something comes up at the last minute. Paying a non-refundable advance fee will of course ensure that you don't back out and lose your money, since you are after all getting a really good deal in the first place. Even though I'm planning a trip several months away, just looking at this travel site, let me do a little armchair traveling. There are so many places that I want to go to, all across the world, from Bali to Cuba to pretty much all of the Caribbean. Closer to home, one of the spots I really want to go to is Sri Lanka. With flight times relatively short and an amazing variety of landscapes, finding holidays to sri lanka all inclusive might be our best bet to have a really nice relaxing holiday, where we don't have to worry about anything at all. Ah, now if only I could be whisked away on my magic carpet!

In the photo: Jetwing Vil Uyana Hotel in Sri Lanka which is one of the new breed of luxury lifestyle hotels and is in a rural setting. The area has been transformed using ancient forms of agriculture to reclaim agricultural land in the Dry Zone and turn it into a wetland system. 

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shilpa said...

i so wish we could plan holidays. but, we don't know till two days before whether H gets leave or not... so, our little trips here and there are not well-planned and a flurry of activity one day and now-what-to-do the next :)

Shalini said...

Shilpa, yes same here too. We are just not able to plan anything and stick to it. Usually we end up going on family vacations, which is actually quite relaxing for me, since there are people to look after E!

GB said...

Shalini, it's just a matter of another few years, once she's a little older, I'm sure she'll love travel as much as you. We've seen this with V--he's picked up so many of our tastes that we truly do move as a family...(we still have our challenging days, but they're getting fewer as time passes.)

So hang in there. :)

Shalini said...

Thanks Gagan....eagerly looking forward to those days.

Gina said...

Thanks for inviting me to see your blog, it's wonderful, the photos are lovely and the writing is inspirational!! Have you tried the scones made with lemonade?

Shalini said...

Thanks so much Gina. Scones with lemonade...sounds so interesting. I will look it up. Thanks!