Those who know me will probably also know that I spend half my life worrying. I've spent such a long time looking forward to our forthcoming holiday of which we begin on Wednesday, that now I just feel anxious and hope nothing goes wrong. Pathetic isn't it. I'm a prize idiot and I need to get over this ridiculous feeling of everything closing in on me thus preventing me from letting go and having an amazing time. I've shopped till I've dropped and spent a fortune on not only the holiday but on new clothes as well, mainly because I haven't been abroad for several years and have no suitable clothes to take to a five-star resort. Now I'm inundated with new outfits and have even left some items out after realising I've got far too much. I'm trying to travel as lightly as possible with two smallish suitcases and a small holdall. I remember back in my twenties when I used to go abroad two to three times a year and would take a huge suitcase plus a massive holdall and still feel I didn't have enough luggage. Hairdryers and curling tongs, umpteen pairs of high heels, sun hats and anything else I could fit in the case, and let's not forget the travel iron. The high heels I no longer possess and the curling tongs I no longer need; I don't use a hairdryer anymore and my baseball cap takes up hardly any room, so I'm now left with tons of space in the cases and am well below the weight limit of 20kg in each.
So, really, I shouldn't have much to stress about, right?
I've been keeping up to date with reviews on Trip Advisor and the Facebook group I'm a member of (sorry to repeat myself, Facebook friends...) and am noticing a decline in the standard - or so it seems. Before high season, every review was top class, couldn't be faulted, booked to go back, etc etc etc. Now I'm reading about the pools being too cold, not enough sunbeds, selfish people leaving towels on sunbeds for hours on end and deserting them, which is annoying because apparently there is a hotel policy that if a sunbed is left for more than 40 minutes the towel will be removed, and no sunbeds must be reserved before 9am, though according to reviews this doesn't seem to be happening; then there's the beach on which the hotel is situated, this has a rocky access into the sea and is dangerous and slippy; people have been having difficulty getting a table in the main restaurant which is starting to sound like it resembles a work's canteen; rude staff at reception, and the waterpark (which is one of the main reasons I booked this resort) is quite a long walk away and the buggies to hire are only available occasionally on certain days. Lots of people reckon this isn't a true five star hotel yet others say it is. Of course, I'll judge for myself when I'm there and as I've stayed in a few very top class five star establishments I think I'll have a relatively good idea what's what. But we're talking about a destination in the med here, and people are booking to go next summer and paying anything upwards of £6,000 for a two-week holiday. I've paid an extortionate amount of money, more than I was really happy paying to be honest, but I paid it because I felt we deserved a decent holiday this year. Perhaps my expections and standards are too high? Perhaps I'm setting myself up for a fall? But a five-star resort should be just that, five-star. And you know me, I'm not backward in coming forward when a complaint is justified.
Though I am praying right now that I have no need to complain because simply, I intend to have a bloody good time! See you in a few weeks!