I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of going back to the UK for a holiday recently. I have a few reservations because I left the UK for various reasons and the idea of spending a lot of money to go there, maybe relive some of those frustrations and feel like nothing has really changed (or even that it is worse than it was) is concerning. I also worry that maybe I have such a good time that I don’t want to leave again (just to give a glass half full perspective).
When I think about what such a holiday could look like, I’d love to catch up with friends, 99% of whom I haven’t seen for almost 3 years now. I’d also very much like to see family who have not visited NZ yet, and of course those who already have.
I wonder if I would be able to treat being in the UK like being a tourist and revel in sights such as Durham Cathedral (above) as there is nothing in NZ like that? I wonder how many people would visit me if the holiday involved booking somewhere in a different part of the country (or even another country) and inviting folks to come there? How would people feel if you just saw them for a day or two and then moved on to the next person (which is pretty likely)? Could family be trusted not to be jealous if you just happened to spend a little more time with someone else than themselves? What if the UK part of the trip was just part of the trip with a holiday somewhere else tagged on at the start or end of the trip – would people understand the need for that too?
So many questions. Anyone got any thoughts?