Planning an unusual holiday

This follows on from the Scottish Power post. Long story short, they messed up enough that the result was I could afford a week’s holiday in the Caribbean.

My boyfriend and I had already been planning a week away somewhere sunny, we were probably going to go to Dubrovnik in Croatia. We knew we’d take two weeks off, spend one abroad and one at home. We wanted somewhere sunny we hadn’t been before and somewhere affordable – so Croatia fit the bill pretty well.

When the extra cash came along we quickly decided to put it towards the holiday but we weren’t immediately sure how. Should we just go luxury for a week? Should we stretch it to two weeks away? Should we do something else with it?

It was only when I spent an afternoon messing around on Skyscanner that I realised that we could afford to fly somewhere a bit further afield. I realised that KLM did relatively cheap flights to the Dutch Antilles, especially the “ABC islands” of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. These islands are in the Southern part Caribbean, close to Venezuela. That discovery was quite exciting.

The Caribbean, with Curacao highlighted

I’d heard of Curacao before because of the blue, orange flavoured liqueur most commonly found in cocktails like Blue Lagoon. A Google search showed sunshine, white beaches and a capital city with brightly painted buildings lining a huge port crossed with a floating bridge. I was convinced and prepared to make my arguments to my boyfriend who, not liking flying, might not have been up for the nine-hour flight from Amsterdam.

(Here’s a link to my Curacao Pinterest board, in case you feel like making yourself wish you were on a Caribbean island.)

He was convinced much more easily than I expected. Turns out he loves sunshine much more than he hates flying and the long haul flight didn’t scare him too much – there would be movies to watch and free wine to drink – he would be fine.

So, having obtained time off from work, we booked the flights, a hotel in Willemstad (that brightly painted capital) and some travel insurance. Then we waited a few months, getting more and more excited, and accruing a little more spending money since Scottish Power still hadn’t got their act together. We flew at the end of August. It would be the first time either of us had been to the Americas and we were very much looking forward to it.

Originally posted here: http://unazukin210.tumblr.com/post/128637044025/planning-an-unusual-holiday

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