On 23rd September, 2000, I married a Travel Agent. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
They say that opposites attract. And in our case, it’s been largely true.
One of us is an extravert. Intrepid, bold and assertive; a real go-getter, make-it-happen kind of guy- (the type that might jump out of an aeroplane!)
The other one of us is an introvert. Dreamy, head-in-the-clouds, cautious – perhaps more inclined to read about the wide and wonderful world in a book, rather than travel much beyond the garden gate to actually see it for herself.
Eighteen years later, we have four amazing kids and two tabby cats. We’ve travelled to some truly incredible places. And this is our story.
It was an ordinary evening when my mobile phone rang.
“Hi Love, it’s me!”
I hadn’t expected to hear from Nathan – he was attending a Four Seasons Promotional event up in London.
I detected an air of excitement in his voice, but was not the slightest bit prepared for what was to come. Most people would only dream of receiving a phone call like this.
“You won’t believe it!” he said.
“What?” I implored, the tension mounting. “Tell me!”
“I’ve just won a trip for two…to the Maldives!”
A trip for two? But that would mean leaving our four children. Who would look after them? I couldn’t possibly ask my parents to have them again, could I?
“Noooo way?!” I said, in the most cheery voice that I could muster.
“Yep…it was the top prize! All our name badges were put into a hat and mine got pulled out! I’ve been praying that we could see the Indian Ocean…We’re off to the Maldives, baby!”
I gulped. We were off to the Maldives.
“Oh wow! That’s…fantastic!”
Now my husband knows me all too well. “Hey, don’t worry about the kids! This is the trip of a life-time! It’s only for a week. They’ll be fine. I’m sure your mum and dad would be happy for you to go.”
He was probably right.
It dawned on me. Most people would be running around the house whoop-whooping at news like this. And there was I, standing motionless, like a sack of old spuds, almost wishing that this wasn’t happening to me.
But it really was…