January has nearly passed in a blur, it’s been a busy one for me. I’ve had the 60th birthday of my lovely mum, who seems to get really down at the thought of her birthday being a milestone one. I remember her being the same for her 50th. She referred to this one as the thirtieth anniversary of her being thirty! Over the years we’ve had some funny ones- she’s been thirty eleven and forty twelve! So I’ve had to find an appropriate present…although I learned my lesson when she was fifty and went for something practical this time! My idea 10 years ago seemed like such a good one, so I did a family collection so we could get a better present, my idea was to send her away for a few days. I bought the ticket and booked a hotel and actually thought it was a great present…until mum received it! My logical mother could see no joy at being sent, alone, to Mallorca for 3 nights in the middle of a very cold February…well it would be warm there, wouldn’t it?! I opted for a nice warm Parka jacket this year.
I’ve spent most evenings looking at flights for the 6 of us to America. We had some travel certificates to use, as our flight was overbooked on the return leg of our journey last November. It seems that it isn’t as great as we thought. We had sort of decided that we would have a villa holiday in the med sharing with a couple of families. Now, I love my cruises but for all of us it can be fairly costly so this was a good option. We were told we could use our vouchers for any partner airlines, except when we tried it wouldn’t allow us. After a lengthy call to customer service and being told they can do nothing, it seems we are now going to the U.S. Maybe I should price up some U.S cruises.