I’m going to Hawaii this week and I have to say I’m not looking forward to it at all. The reason being that I don’t want to leave my kids. I know I’m going to bawl my eyes out the whole way there so I pity the poor soul who ends up sitting next to me on the plane. I have never left my kids overnight before and so this is a big deal for me. However I didn’t expect to find it quite so hard but it really is. Hawaii is such a long way away and I’m also gone for over a week which is quite a long time.

But it’s Hawaii you say? When I was growing up I spent every summer holidays on a beach in Southern Queensland. I’ve also been snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and I really don’t think any place on Earth can compete with that. It will also be hot and I’m not into hot. I like temperate climates best.

The main reason I’m going is to meet some of the people I work with and this aspect I’m looking forward to. This is the reason I’m going. Fortunately I won’t have to do this very often and once we’ve moved to Scotland I won’t have to travel very far any more. In fact, there was a meetup in Scotland recently. I would certainly choose to go to one closer to my home if I had the choice.

New Zealand and Australia are so isolated and far away from everything that it always takes ages to go anywhere when you leave this country.

Everyone says I should enjoy the child-free time and yes, there’s that of course. But I have to say that I rather like having my kids around.