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Ihave a great mate who fre­quently trav­els over­seas on se­ri­ously en­vi­able hol­i­days with his wife. Last year, they did a lux­ury sa­fari jaunt around Africa. Other years, they’ve taken up res­i­dence in the French coun­try­side or availed them­selves of the famed views of Italy’s Cinque Terre.

They’ve done house swaps that have al­lowed to them to live like lo­cals in Maui and have ticked the Mal­dives off their hol­i­day wish list.

My friend’s other half is such a gold-star plan­ner I’m sure she’d give a pro­fes­sional travel agent a run for their money. She is scrupu­lous with the tim­ing, bud­get­ing and choice of places to go and things to do.

When they re­turn, the tales of their ad­ven­tures are with­out the snags – dodgy din­ners, ar­riv­ing at a mu­seum on the day it’s closed, missed flights due to mis­read­ing tick­ets, and so forth – a less or­gan­ised cou­ple might en­counter. They ar­rive home with the words: “Hol­i­days! Never had a bad one.”

What I also love about their trips is that they en­joy them so much that they im­me­di­ately start plan­ning the next one on their re­turn while si­mul­ta­ne­ously cre­at­ing a book of the one they’ve just re­turned from. It’s a con­stant state of look­ing back with fond­ness and an­tic­i­pat­ing what new ad­ven­tures await.

Next on their list is Canada. I’ll let you know their tips for mak­ing the most of their an­nual leave.

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