So I had an amazing one week trip to Bali which was a very different trip to what I normally do. My normal trip is more adventure style tour, get out and visit the historic sights, do a homestay with locals, explore wildlife and the landscape. This style of travel was something embedded in me since my backpacking days way back in 1999-2000.
This trip originally started as a great business class deal which I could use to get Qantas Double Status Credits and finally reach Qantas Life Time Gold Status (free lounge access, better ward seats, free seat selection etc) and visit the stunning Qantas Sydney First Class Lounge for the first time.
It then evolved into a family event when first my sister Kara and niece Erin joined as a ‘celebration’ of Kara’s next career stage following the difficult position of her job of 14 years being outsourced. And it evolved again when I invited my sister Lana to celebrate her recovery from breast cancer and her two children Harry and Darby getting to experience international travel for the first time.
This turned into mostly a trip for people to be spoilt with relaxation. Both my sisters ended up loving this trip, and the children couldn’t wait to get to the pool, the water slides, the shops, the buffet breakfast and their own massages!
While I did end up exploring the island a little on the last two days this was a different type of trip. I felt amazing levels of contentment and happiness watching Harry, Darby and Erin playing, dancing and even singing. I felt joyed seeing my two sisters smile and laugh and gossip. I just felt great and spiritually renewed during this trip.
I feel incredibly lucky to have this life and to have the people I care about be safe and happy.
Next trip now is Africa and flying first class on Emirates in late November 2017. How incredibly blessed am I?