It’s the most wonderful time of the year; its family holiday time! For some Christmas, birthdays or anniversaries might be the best time of the year. But for us, travelling and family holidays are the best.
Since Candice & I got married, we’ve been to Canada (2x), India (4x), Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, Bahrain, USA & Egypt; multiple cities in most of these countries. Aside from Egypt, all the other trips were along with our kids.
Candice blogged about how we were gifted this trip on her blog yesterday entitled “How we won AED 25,000 worth of Emirates Holidays voucher“, if you haven’t seen it click here. So as we prepare on our 12 days adventure to North India starting tomorrow, here are some of the things which I’m looking forward to.
1. The Drill Sergeant
For most people or families a vacation would mean a wide open calendar with extended hours of rest/relaxation or doing very little. That’s not the case in the Isaac’s household. Months before we travel, plans are set, research done, excel sheets filled on what we do, how we do and when we do. Everything is planned to the T. We do this with 100% effort and enthusiasm. Well actually not “we”, more like my better half. During our holidays Candice sets the alarm of what time we need to wakeup, pulls out her whistle and makes sure the 3 sleepy head travel buddies of hers gets out of bed and ready in time for the days activity. I’m not complaining. I’m actually very grateful Candice is our Drill Sergeant. We pack in and make the most of every holiday we are on.
The ironic thing about this trip is that Candice, who holds a Filipino passport has already been to north India and is taking 6 Indian passport holders for this trip. Go figure!
2. Serving the Kids
With our general schedules in Dubai, we honestly get less time to serve our kids than what we desire. But when on holiday, we are at their disposal. Giving them a bath, changing nappies, feeding them food, entertaining them especially when the sight seeing is of no relevance to them, doing what we can to show our love and appreciation to them is always a highlight. All our hotels have swimming pools, so swimming with the kids will be on our to-do list everyday. The kids are not allowed to sleep on our bed and home. But when we travel we all share one bed, and the kids absolutely love it; and we love it too. These aren’t the trip where Candice & I prioritise our “alone time”. We do those separately; that’s another blog.
3. My Parents
Since 1989, my parents have not been on a ‘no agenda’ trip. Every trip that they’ve had to India, Europe or somewhere else in Middle East has always been to either take care of something for the family or ministry (church) related. We are so blessed to take them on this trip to North India. My mom is not a very cheerful traveller on the aeroplane. Even on the slightest of turbulence gets my mom all worked up, praying and singing songs. On one of our trip back to Dubai, my mom took the seat between Candice and I. It was a bumpy ride and she spent most of the flight eyes closed, praying and holding each of our hands. We are taking 3 flights in all during this trip. Great moments and I look forward to travelling with my parents.
4. Experiencing North India
The places we are visiting on this trip are all places which I studied about in school and now to see & experience these places is just amazing. I’ve been brushing on my history before travelling again. The people, places, food. Not to mention the weather, smell and other add-ons are all parts of the trip I look forward to.
5. Those Unplanned Moments
Like everything in life, there will always be something unexpected popping up which requires us to alter our plans here or there and make us do something spontaneous. It makes for special memories.
As we travel, please pray for our protection, favour & health.
We will try to blog and upload photos or videos during the trip to make you part of our holiday 🙂