Travel traditions

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Tomorrow we head off to Copenhagen for four days, so this will be the last post from me until late next week. I am so excited, I have no idea how I will ever sleep tonight.

As I was packing, I started to think of the little things I do before I go on any holiday. Not the standard things like buy foreign currency or sort travel insurance, but the other quirks that I’ve developed over the years that I only do when I’m getting ready to go away. These travel traditions are now so embedded, that I do them whether I’m going away with Rob, or I’m travelling alone.They’re now part of the holiday process and I wouldn’t swap any of them, which is why I’m sharing them with you.

1. I always start by cleaning the house and putting freshly ironed sheets on our bed. I have a tendency to get the holiday blues, but coming back to a clean and tidy house and a fresh bed takes the sting out of the holiday being over.

2. The night before our trip, we always go out for a glass of Prosecco to toast the start of our holiday. It can’t be any other drink; it’s only a celebration when there’s fizz involved.

3. We order in, and this goes back to my first point. My house is always so immaculate before I go on holiday, I don’t want to make a mess by cooking. Plus, the celebrations have already started with the Prosecco so nobody is in the mood to cook.

4. I load up my Kindle with books and my iPhone with films, episodes and new music. I love watching an episode or two on the plane, and reading my Kindle before I go to sleep at night. I don’t buy any magazines until I get to the airport – that’s part of the next tradition.

5. Arriving at the airport early is my final tradition. This has nothing to do with being worried about missing my flight, but it’s connected entirely to my love of airports. I adore that moment when you clear security, have a wander around duty free, buy a new holiday scent, stock up on magazines, and then grab a big cup of coffee and sip it while guessing where all the other passengers are going, and what is taking them there.

I do these five things every time I go away and I don’t think it would feel like a holiday without them.

Do you have any pre-holiday traditions? I would love to hear them!


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  • http://unlockingkiki.com/ Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    Love these traditions! Nothing better than coming home from holiday to a clean house and fresh sheets!

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    I hope you have an amazing trip Chiara! I always love to have a little pre-trip routine before I go away anywhere too, I do the same with downloading lots of books and music! <3

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    I love airports too and I always arrive early! Just to be there. I love the duty free and the planes and the buzz from the excited vacationers!

  • http://www.fourcolourblack.com Adam Wilson

    Some great staples to the start of any holiday there. I recently discovered it makes sense to take a multi-plug (the big white ones) in your case and a simple power adaptor. This way you have everything plugged in in one place and no lack of sockets. Good hack right there ;)

  • Monique | WritingMonique

    How lovely are these traditions! I hope you have a great trip!


  • http://www.tapeparade.wordpress.com Laila

    Wow, that’s incredible! I hope you have an amazing time :) xx

  • http://theleeday.com/ annie lee

    i’m the same with kindle and arriving early to the airport :) for some reason i don’t mind spending hours there!


  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie_dc

    Those sound like great traditions! I’m going away in a week and a half and I haven’t even thought about what I’m packing or what I need to do. I can’t believe it’s so close already, I really must start organising everything! Hope you are having the best time in Copenhagen, I’d love to visit one day!

  • http://www.persephone-h.co.uk/ Persephone

    I’m with you on the clean house before you go away- it makes the holiday blues far easier when you come back to fresh bed linen and clean surfaces!