#GoTeamPurple! With Neil from backpacksandbedbunks.com as my team’s coach and team leader we’re sure to win the lowcostholidays.com #BloggerRelay competition. Apparently there’s no running, diving or swimming skills required (bit disappointed) instead, all I need to do is reveal my gold, silver and bronze travel memories and then pass the baton on. Do it well and me, Neil and the rest of #TeamPurple could be in with the chance of winning some top prizes. Am I using too many hashtags?
I managed to collect the baton from Neil without too much of a fumble (wahey!) so here are my winning travel memories (that I dare to publish)…
Bronze: Cancun with Lisa
When I was 20 I worked at summer camp for 12 weeks. By week 10 I couldn’t wait to get out of there, come week 11 and I was devastated to be leaving. I was absolutely exhausted, had tonsillitis and sick of the sight of children, but had had a brilliant summer. Me and my new friend Lisa decided to top it off with a week in Cancun, Mexico. We went a bit crazy with the freedom after being ‘responsible adults’ all summer. It was a hectic week filled with boys – we were the on-stage judges for a hot man competition – tequila, partying, drinking and scuba diving.
I wouldn’t go on a holiday like this now and that’s what makes it more perfect, it was a week in time that will never happen again. She’s got a little boy now and I’d hate the thought of downing 5 tequilas in a row and then dancing on the bar with the locals (ahem)…
Silver: Ibiza with my bro and Kellie
What do you do when you finish uni, have no job and get some unexpected tax back? Book a long weekend in Ibiza, obviously! My brother was working for the summer out there and had an apartment with his friend. I rounded up another friend, Kellie, from a summer at camp and me and her made our way out there the next week.
We bought a bottle of rum in the airport, drank it on the way while listening to the in-flight techno tunes and arrived at Ibiza airport just after midnight to my brother who took us straight to Amnesia. We had an incredible blur of a few days partying with the workers and my brother taking the lead to get us to the best day parties, boat parties and clubs. I don’t think I actually slept.
I literally hated my brother for the first 19 years of my life and vowed many times to never speak to him when I grew up, so to hang out with him for five days really felt special. We bonded on this trip and have been good mates as well as siblings ever since.
Gold: Working with Waiels
During mine and the boyfriend’s five months travelling through Europe we joined the Workaway scheme. You basically choose your project and work for five hours a day in return for bed and some board.
We worked in Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic doing anything from laying paths to pruning olive trees to painting holiday villas and cleaning out drainpipes. At the time it sometimes felt like gruelling work, but when I look back on the few weeks that me and my boyfriend worked side by side outside in the sunshine to create something tangible I realise that it really was the best summer of my life.
Runners up that I actually feel bad for not using include exploring the Serengeti, seeing New York City for the first time and having my best friends teach me how to ski in Slovenia. Oh and the first time I saw the beaches in Zanzibar, and Glastonbury, and Oslo…
Quick, Monica from thetravelhack.com, catch the baton. Run with it like you’ve never run before… #GoTeamPurple!