I love to travel and my husband and I have been fortunate to have been able to travel internationally each year for the last 6 years. Each time we travel we create new and wonderful memories that we can reminisce about many years after the event.
Unfortunately, holidays and travel must come to an end, however our memories of our trips last forever.
It is the memories of our experiences that keep the holiday alive in our minds even though we have to return to normality – and save up for the next trip!Now with digital photography it is so easy to capture these memories and they don’t fade with time – physically or mentally. I usually make a photo book of our trip and add written comment to make them more interesting.
We also download our memories onto our computers and I love when I’m working to have a photograph appear on the screen of some far off place that we have visited. The memories come flooding back and we can relive our adventures over again.
Our first overseas holiday was to Bali, Indonesia, way back in 1993, which is not a long flight from our home in Australia. We often reminisce about this holiday for many reasons. The one that stands out the most was when we were ‘The King and Queen in Bali’.
It was our first holiday overseas together, and we brought back some wonderful stories of our experience. Like the time we booked to go on a dinner cruise and it turned out we were the only people who were going on a boat that could hold 60 people! We suggested we would come back another evening, however the Balinese tour organizer would not hear of it and his answer was ‘You are the King and Queen for this evening’.
These wonderful people did make us feel like royalty. From the time we accepted our first cocktail and were serenaded on deck at sunset by the three piece band in batik shirts, ate a delicious dinner where they were almost falling over each other to serve us, asked if we had ‘any requests from the audience’ (from the three piece band who had changed into dinner suits), to the final part of the cruise – the disco! The service, attention, food and entertainment were impeccable. I asked the crew to join us at the disco and it turned into a party.
You can imagine two of us onboard a dinner cruise designed for 60 people and receiving special treatment. The tour went for the full 3 hours, no skimping and I really did feel like a Queen when I saw another boat passing with people crowding on deck.
Another day, we had booked a tour in a group and again were the only two people. I started to think people were avoiding us! I later learned that it was ‘off season’ and there weren’t as many tourists. However, it was such a lovely day and our guide was most accommodating and helpful and again did not cut down the time because there were only the two of us.
On another occasion during that trip, we went to an island off Bali, called Lombok. It was back in 1993 so the island was just opening for tourism with only a few resorts. Our resort was a series of beautifully decorated bungalows. Would you believe, there was only one other guest apart from us at the Resort!!
Each day the pool attendant would prepare the poolside and sun decks as if the resort was full of guests. The restaurant staff also prepared all the tables in the restaurant even though there were only three of us. They were very disappointed the first night of our arrival when we chose to have room service instead of dining in the restaurant.
We often tell these experiences and people find it hard to believe, however, it did happen and the memories will remain with us forever. Unfortunately, our photographs have faded however our memories of that first special holiday together will live on.Things End But Memories Last ForeverClick To Tweet
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I originally posted this back in 2015, however have updated and brought it back to life for a writing prompt over at Denyse Whelan Blogs.