We had a plan. A carefully concocted plan.
And this plan needed funds, it took 15 years where each month we’d put away £20 a month away for a dream holiday. Now that’s some serious forward planning I know, we’d just bought our first house and had very little to spare and this was just about all we could squirrel away without noticing.
Rather surprisingly those 15 years came around quite quickly. Two children later and with the teenage years in sniffing distance, our boys were at the ideal age for a Florida holiday of a lifetime, as quickly as I could say “Universal Studios here we come” we were sat in the departure lounge watching the jets take off with an excited, nervous belly flipping feeling.
The tween had never been on an aeroplane so the whole experience from getting up at 4 in the morning to passing through passport control and then sitting, waiting for take off didn’t pass quietly. The (soon to be) teenager took the whole thing in his stride, throwing in the odd question then reverting back to his impeding teenage silence which would soon become the norm.
9 or so hours later we stepped out into the warm Florida air, hitting us like a (hot) wet towel in the face and from there the adventure really began. Wandering around a car park deciding which hire care to pick, we settled on a style as far away from anything we’d seen on the twisty tiny roads back home.
I’d planned our break meticulously, researched every last detail, not a moment was going to be lost. I didn’t know if we’d get the opportunity again and wanted to create a lifetime of memories. Each day was different, from theme parks to gliding through the Everglades alligator spotting then eating at restaurants where candy floss and gummy bears were a desert.
Our 10 days passed like a flash, we’d eaten ourselves silly, swam with dolphins and danced with Minions. We met Spiderman and Captain America, taken a roller coaster ride with the Hulk and experienced a twister, snorkelled with sting rays, we even made the lift to our room a giggle worthy ride.
We’d truly had the holiday of a lifetime and more memories were made than I could have ever dreamed of. We often talk of when and not if we’ll go back,
And we do have a new addition to the family now who’s never experienced the fun and excitement of a Florida holiday.
Better get saving then!