Travel | Holidays | May Writing Challenge Day 29

I Never Want to Return to Any of the Holiday Destinations I’ve Been To

But there are some exceptions


Beach and sea
The beach at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, August 2021. Author’s own photo

The bad places

Why would anyone give bad holiday experiences a second try?

I’ve had my fair share of them, such as:

  • A rough Haven caravan site. There were 8 year old children swearing constantly in front of indifferent and unsavoury parents.
  • A fairground where a woman crashed into me on the go karts, then ran away laughing as I recovered and tried to figure out if I had whiplash. She was typical of the sort of people in that area.

The unremarkable places

Having a limited budget means I don’t do a huge amount of travelling.

I like variety, so I prefer to explore new places, rather than visiting the same destinations over and over again.

If a resort is unremarkable, why waste another visit there?

The best experiences

Surely I would want to return to my favourite places?

This one is complicated.

I have to admit there are exceptions such as Llandudno and Chester. Over the years, I’ve been to those locations many times with my parents, my late wife, and my fiancée and children.

But most of the time, they are close and convenient for day trips or short stays.

Emotional reasons for never trying to recreate great holidays

I loved my first ever holiday with my future wife in 1993. We went to Ilfracombe, Devon, England.

Looking at the photos from that holiday brings back overwhelming emotions today.

My wife isn’t here, so we can never go back now.

And if I went back without her, I don’t think I could handle it.

Another great holiday was at Broad Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

I went with my wife and two children in 2011. It was our first and last family holiday, two years before my…



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