Jan 2, 2017

Life This Week 2/1/2017: A Favourite Post From 2016

I'm one of those people who counts the journey to a holiday destination as a holiday in itself.  I love everything about getting ready and then departing for a trip abroad.  The tying up of loose ends at work and elsewhere before leaving, plans coming together, the promise of being immersed in a foreign city and the hours of departure lounge and airplane solitude beforehand.  What's not to love with regards to all of the above?

This was my pre vacation post of the year and here are some of the photos from it that I'm revisiting as a kind of relaxing into the new year exercise.  Hope I manage to write a few different things about them this time around.

Without further ado, here are some things I love about the departures end of a trip.


That last day at work before your flight.  No matter how long the day may end up being, nothing will get you down.  Sometimes I get a bit fancy about things and wear a scarf and do my hair flight attendant style.


Deciding which Moleskine notebook to pack.  Most of them end up being filled with work related notes but I always have happy memories of the place where the note taking took place.


The bittersweet farewell to Preschooler SSG on the morning of my flight.  Sad because I'll miss him terribly the moment I leave the house but excited to be gathering adventures to tell him about, books to read to him and the suitcase of shoes and clothing I can't resist filling up for him whilst overseas.



That last cup of 'real' coffee before heading to the airport.


The first Bellini when I get there.


Switching SIM cards for my new destination at the departure lounge with the benefit of couple of said Bellinis on board to improve my fine motor skills.


Trying new food on the plane.


Looking out the window at my destination and seeing the livery of different carriers on aeroplane tails.


A sneaky bar of airplane chocolate and a bottle of local Coke Zero for the taxi to the hotel.





The sad fact that after all these years, I still can't operate those in room single cup percolators without getting at least a cup of water leaking over the bench top.


That my first night dinner is always something fast, fried and served with a dazzling array of sauce packets.


I swear the grease and festival of flavours cuts your jet lag time in half.




My next trip is still many months away but the excitement is building already.


21 comments:

  1. I like your outlook on the lead up to a holiday. I'm sort of similar, but I see the "tying up of lose ends at work" part as a way of being able to enjoy my time off. I love the scarf and the idea of flight attendant hair though! #LifeThisWeek

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    1. A scarf and big hair all the way on the last day of work before a trip, I reckon!

      SSG xxx

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  2. Oh, I'm so with you - especially re which Moleskine to pack!

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  3. I'm excited with you when I'm reading this! We are going on a holiday to Spain in October which seems such a long way off, however it is exciting preparing and planning so I'm going to enjoy that as well. Have a fabulous holiday and I love the Moleskin notebooks xx Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

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    1. Spain! I've never been, Sue. Looking forward to reading about your travels later this year.

      SSG xxx

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  4. The different airplane livery is one of my things. It does make you feel like you're elsewhere.

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    1. I know!!!!! That's why I take all those photos out the plane window.

      SSG xxx

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  5. It'd been ages since I'd been o/s so I was shocked recently to discover that food now wasn't a given on short flights (to NZ). I'd at least expected some champers on board, but nope... you had to pay extra and then my airline didn't have any - only red or white wine! Hmph!

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    1. No!!! That cannot be. Food service keeps passengers sane!

      SSG xxx

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  6. I wish I had your outlook on a lead up t a holiday - I always get so stressed before trips no matter where I'm going. I'm terrified I'll forget something, ha!

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    1. If you forget anything it's always an excuse to go shopping overseas! Not that I forget anything on purpose...

      SSG xxx

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  7. I'm like that when I plan our trips to Disney each year. I have everything planned out by February and by March or April (depending on my daughter's spring break lands on) I am ready to go.

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    1. That's the way to do it, Tracie! Best wishes for this year's trip!!

      SSG xxx

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  8. It's probably no surprise that I love the pre-trip excitement! However our next trip is going to be a little different to the usual so I'm more bracing myself for it than anything else. Wildly exciting but also totally daunting! We're beginning to sell all our stuff and consider what we want to ship and it's all fairly overwhelming. I didn't think we owned very much! Turns out....

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    1. Rachel, can't wait to read about the next big trip you guys do!

      SSG xxx

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  9. Happy new year.! Great post as ever. Would you consider a post to share your knowledge of the best OS SIM cards. I never seem to get it right . Cheers, Penny

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes, Penny! Hope you're having a brilliant beginning to 2017 yourself as well.

      With the SIMs, this is what I've used with success so far:
      Singapore - Singtel, bought at airport. Malaysia has a similar option. It might be more exxy than what you might get in town but staff at airport stalls very helpful.

      US - TelAway, I ordered online from Australia and everything was delivered to me before I left Australia. Reliable, bit exxy again but it worked.

      Best of luck! Will definitely write about any others I may try in the future.

      SSG xxx

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  10. I LOVED reading this! I often think I have the best fun in the planning and anticipation. It's been 11 years to the dot since my first (and only OS trip) to USA mainland and Hawaii. It was a solo trip, organised by me and Flight Centre, and it was awesome. Thank you for sharing what it's like for you. I love being at airports and on the plane ready for takeoff...but I hate delays!! Best wishes for 2017. Thank YOU for linking up for #lifethisweek 1/52. Denyse x

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    1. Thanks, Denyse! I love Hawaii and I think I need to go back again soon. Thanks for the idea :-P

      SSG xxx

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  11. I get excited about the automatic pancake machine in the Qantas club...

    My dreams are small :P

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