When I realised this month’s travel link up topic was travel companions I knew I had to get involved. Why? Because mine are the BEST. I know you’re going to argue and say I’m biased… I haven’t tried yours… I’m not being objective… but seriously you can protest as much as you want, the bottom line is you won’t find a group like mine

(ok maybe I’m being far too literal here, please don’t be offended, I’m sure your companions are just fine)

Of course I’m not the type of person to make a sweeping statement and just expect you to roll with me, so let me break this down:

 

1. We’re family!

For most people this can be a pro and a con, but in our case it’s really just a pro. Being family means we can say what we think. We know each other’s habits. We know what makes each other tick, smile, laugh and means we can share clothes and whatever else one of us may have forgotten without feeling guilty.

 

 

2. They taught me how to share

Food that is. I’m quite possessive when it comes to what’s on my plate. I know what I like and I used to begrudge having to sacrifice even a morsel. I’ve started to ease up on the food selfishness and realised not only is food more fun in a group but we can try so much more! (Unless I’ve decided to order tuna toasties, no-one seems that assed about sharing those).

 

 

 

3. We’re a pool of knowledge.

I’m not the sharpest tool in the box, but between us, we genuinely are a pool of knowledge. Travelling with others, you can easily sponge off each other’s random facts, memories, travel tales… I love how much you can learn from travelling with others.

 

 

4. We push each other to try new experiences

Ok so this ones not always a good thing. In fact every time they’ve pushed me into something it’s usually involved heights, resulted in me making a fool of myself and left the rest of them in fits of laughter. But when we’re together, we really do feel like we can give anything a shot (NOT jumping off anything above 10 feet though. No-one can make me do that). Even if I’m dying inside, if my fab four are with me I know it’s going to be ok. Although come to think of it, they did leave me for dead in a ball pool once… hmm….

 

 

5. We make each other laugh. A LOT.

All the time. I love travelling with a group where you can be one hundred percent yourself. When you can explore the world and be silly at the same time. Its funny because there are a lot of people who think I’m quiet, bit boring and keep to myself, but those that know me complain because I’m the complete opposite. When I travel with my F4 I can just be me, in all forms of craziness. It’s GREAT. For me anyway 😉

 

 

We’ve had some epic trips over the years, and nowadays our group is expanding, we’re bringing on new recruits and I feel there are many more fun trips ahead!

Just need to start planning the next one asap now…

 

 

 

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Recently I’ve been on a roll catching up on all things Myanmar but I’m afraid I need to interrupt this schedule of events to fill you in on my next upcoming trip, just in case you’re interested 😉

You may have already seen it pop up on social, or if you see me regularly, I’ve probably been doing your head in about it for the last few months. Basically, in three days time I will be departing for my first ever SKI TRIP!!!!

Why the capitals? Well, I have always wanted to go on one of these. So many of my friends seem to go regularly, or used to when they were younger… it’s one of these things everyone says at this time of year. I’ve always wanted to know what was so great about a ‘weekend on the slopes’ and why people seem to always go back for more.

Up until now, we’ve never been in a position to afford it – actually, perhaps we have but just haven’t seen the value in it… I’ll have to re-evaluate this statement after we return.

So, what’s the plan next week? Well it’s a good ‘un, this trip is one that I won (boy, that’s a mouthful) on a taster evening at the end of last year. I can’t actually believe the time has already come to get packing!!! Crystal Ski have been absolutely amazing and taken care of everything for us:

 

Location:

Flaine! Not sure where it is?Well, I had no idea either. Google tells me it’s a ski area tucked away in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps. We’re actually flying into Geneva though and then transferring to France by coach from there.

 

 

Companions:

This is the first time in ages (ok not ages, but it feels like ages) that we’ll be travelling as the Fantastic Four! I’ve got my favourite people with me, plus a couple of new, lovely additions… (I say new, but they are actually some of our most beloved friends).

 

 

Out of our group of 6 only one of us can ski (FYI it’s definitely not me) and the rest of us have never been on a slope before – not counting my hour at Chill Factore.

 

Accommodation:

Our base for the week will be a self-catered apartment from Pierre Vacances. The block itself is a ski-in-ski-out location (I heard that’s a good thing?) and we’re looking forward to exploring all the additional activities the resort offers.

 

picture taken from www.crystalski.co.uk

 

What I’m taking:

No idea. As I said, I’ve never been skiing before, so all I know right now is that it is going to be cold but I may also tan. What on earth do you pack for that? (Totally confused but I like the sound of it)

 

 

Plan of action:

SKI SKI SKI

We’re going to be sensible and schedule in some professional ski lessons once we get there, but most of us are hoping to come back as fully fledged pro’s so practice will be the aim of the game once we’re there.

 

 

Crystal Ski holidays have been helping us along the way with a few tips and tricks on what to expect, but if you happen to have any valuable pieces of advice you think first time skiers need, I would really appreciate any help you can offer!!

And on that note, I best be off, I have to somehow figure out what I’m packing, what I’m doing and push past this cold that seems to have taken over my body just when I was hoping to build up my strength for the slopes.

 

 

Have you been skiing? Top tips? advice? Words of wisdom??

 

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