Thursday, 22 June 2017

Our Big Holiday Plans

Hello Dear Reader,


Back in 2009, lovely hubby was very ill and for a long time the doctors were baffled by what was causing him to be so sick. He developed stroke like symptoms, his vision was failing and even standing up became difficult. This process was gradual, starting in early May and ending in July, when he was finally hospitalised and endured three major brain surgeries. In the end, it was discovered that a bacterial infection had infiltrated the meninges of his brain, by sheer luck they were able to retrieve a tiny specimen that indicated a bacterial infection of some nature and he began on a very long and intensive course of big gun antibiotics. On his 42nd birthday, in August, we were allowed to take him out to dinner to a wonderful Chinese restaurant not far from the Wesley hospital and ironically from this point on, he started to get better. It was a slow road to full recovery but even now his memory is affected and he has slow information processing time.


Why am I telling you all of this? Because it was this event that made us realise we had better do some planning for our future lives instead of just talking about it. Lovely hubby had always been one to say "We will do it, one day" without really making any firm plans. Well, because of this life changing health scare, now we are planners and doers instead of just wishers and hopers.


On the 28th of July this year, we will be going on our trip of a lifetime, a dream that has come true. We are flying to Vancouver, cruising for 7 days to Anchorage, Alaska and then spending the next 7 days at 3 wilderness lodges in Canada and Alaska. We have saved hard for the last 8 years to achieve this dream and I hope it will be everything we dreamed of.


Like most cruises everything is well planned, from when and where you dine on board, to what shore tours you would like to book. It is all done well in advance with plenty of time to peruse your itinerary and shore tours. We love cruising and so far we have done a couple of cruises up the coast of Australia, two cruises to the Pacific Islands and one cruise to New Zealand. All these cruises were saved for, booked well in advance and paid for in full before we left. Cruising to Alaska will be truly a trip of a lifetime, we have booked shore tours that will let us get up close to the amazing wildlife, fascinating history and stunning nature of Canada and Alaska.


The cruising photos above are from 2014, when we went on a cruise to New Zealand. It was truly a beautiful cruise with Princess cruises. We have chosen Princess cruises again for our Alaskan cruise and I am sure it will live up to our expectations. There maybe some people, that think that this is not a very frugal thing to do, and they would be absolutely right, it isn't, but we did and do live frugally in order to fulfil these dreams. 


All work and no play is no fun for anyone and I am a firm believer in always having something on your horizon to look forward to, it balances out, the not so wonderful days and weeks at work, to know that you have a lovely holiday to enjoy after all the hard work. 

Life is too short to not live a little, every now and then. 

20 comments:

  1. How super exciting Fiona. 28th July is just around the corner, I'm sure you can start counting sleeps now.
    Mum and Dad just returned from a 2 week Pacific Island cruise with Princess Cruises. I loved how I could track them as they travelled along. Dad really enjoyed Curtis Stone's restaurant.
    Your trip really sounds like the trip of a lifetime. What an experience you'll both have.
    Kylie

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    1. Goodmorning Kylie,
      I still feel like it is happening to someone else, although I think it will seem more real in a few weeks time. Have a lovely day.
      Fi

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  2. How wonderful Fiona! How focussed are you, saving and planning for 8 years!!! You both fully deserve this trip.

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    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Thanks for your kind words, I don't know why but I was expecting a bit of backlash considering how much I go on about not spending too much money. I really can't wait.
      Have a lovely day.
      Fi

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  3. How wonderful! I am from Vancouver and would be happy to give you some must-sees and dos if you're going to be on shore.

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    1. Goodmorning,
      Thank you so much for your offer of help regarding sightseeing. I will have a look over the weekend to see what we have booked (it's all a bit of a blur at the moment ) and will contact you for help if needed. Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
      Fi

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  4. We went to Alaska the month before 9/11. We booked it ourselves using free air miles my husband saved up from work travel. It was fabulous!! I agree that we should all have our 'eyes on the prize', which is our mantra! You'll have a wonderful trip and I can't wait to hear about it!
    Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Oh, I love it, "eyes on the prize" thank you for your kind words and wishes. Have a lovely day.
      Fi

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  5. Fantastic .. Live while you can :) Have an awesome adventure & Happy Travels :)

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    1. Goodmorning Leanne,
      Yes, I agree, life is fleeting and it is meant to be lived. Have a lovely day.
      Fi

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  6. What an amazing trip to look forward to. Living a frugal and simple life allows us to be mindful about what we spend money on - I also try to prioritise experiences and memories over ' stuff'. Looking forward to seeing photos etc in due course.

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    1. Hi Penny,
      It still doesn't feel quite real yet, I have another four weeks of work before we leave but I have the week off before we leave so I am sure the excitement will set in then. I absolutely agree in creating memories rather than buying "stuff" have a wonderful day.
      Fi

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  7. How exciting experience of a lifetime! Bet you are counting down the days!

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    1. Goodmorning Christina,
      That is how we are looking at it, a trip of a lifetime, I have booked shore tours that will get us up close to nature and I am really looking forward to that. Have a lovely day.

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  8. How exciting to be off on an adventure that you have dreamed of and saved for for such a long time. I truly wish you both a most wonderful trip. Meg:)

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    1. Hi Meg,
      Many steps forward and then a lot back, that has been the story of our saving for this trip. Thank you for your well wishes, I hope it all goes smoothly.
      Have a lovely day.
      Fi

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  9. Welcome to Canada! Although I live in Ontario and have not seen the area of British Columbia you will be visiting, I hear that it is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy your time here in our wonderful country.
    Marie

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    1. Goodmorning Marie,
      Thankyou so much, of all the places we have wanted to visit, Canada and Alaska always stayed on top of the wish list. Thanks for your kind words and I hope you have a lovely day.
      Fi

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  10. That is fantastic news! I know exactly where you are coming from in making the most of every moment you've been gifted and being wise with spending allows us to achieve our goals. Have a fabulous time.
    Janine

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    1. Thanks Janine,
      It makes it all worthwhile doesn't. Have a lovely weekend.
      Fi

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