There is a big difference between taking a vacation and travelling. For me, a vacation is meant to recharge your body and soul, whether it is dozing off on a white beach somewhere or just sleeping on your sofa back home in your own house. Travelling on the other hand is about filling your brain with new impressions and new ideas. Travelling is my deepest passion, but sometimes it is also extremely overwhelming. After two months of backpacking (with no break what so ever!) it would be a lie to say I am not exhausted. Travelling is like riding a horse; you will fall in love with the wind in your hair, the smell of freshly cut grass will tickle your nose, and the sunset will seduce your eyes. It is the definition of freedom. You and your horse against the whole world. The only thing is this horse is far from comfortable to sit on, and he is a bloody wild one too. Your bum will get bruised, your ears will get tired from your own heavy breathing, and your stomach will get enough from all of the jumping. You could either throw yourself off the horse, or you can hold on tight to find out what is hiding behind next corner.
I decided to hold on. I held on so tight that my horse had to stop for a water break. Lucky for me it stopped outside the Hyatt City of Dreams in Manila. My dear readers, if you ever find yourself in the need of feeling like a royal, stay at the Hyatt! It is a 5-star hotel (which I guess says more than enough) with a huge casino, recognised by our dreamiest stars (Robert de Niro, Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio), and the whole package is covered in what looks like liquid gold.
Two extremely tired backpackers collapsed at their doorstep. We were immediately swept under the Hyatt wing where our travelling turned into a vacation. Despite the fact that we probably looked like two out of date coconuts, the service we were given was undeniably exceptional. “And relax… Zzzzz”, Toby fell asleep in the softest and most stylish nest you can imagine. So while the background music of Toby’s snoring was playing I was doing what any girly traveller would do; pamper myself in the bathroom for 2 hours. Don’t worry, I had plenty of snacks.
If you ever find a person you can travel with for more than
two weeks a week, without getting the need to strangle each other, then you know this person is the right travel companion. Being around one person 24/7 for two months can even have best friends turn small discussions into ripping one and another’s throat open. Toby and I fight. We fight like two devious hamsters; I’ll step on his head and he will bite my foot, while we at the same time are spinning around in a wheel. One of us will eventually be thrown off, however, this is the reason for why Toby is definitely my favourite person to travel with. If I fall he will stop the wheel and drag me on again; I love that foot biting bastard! So what better person to share this amazing vacation with than my wheel spinning partner.
For me, vacation happens when I close my eyes and make the sound “Mmmm…”. Whether it is through eating delicious food, napping on a bed made of silky air, hiding away from the sun under water, or just a mixture of them all in a luxurious bath. At Hyatt we really got to spin the wheel of joy. I guess the only bad thing I have to say about this place is that it is so superb that you just don’t want to go outside, “Maybe we should just stay here, they can adopt us”.
I will end this blog post with a big thank you to the wonderful Hyatt team. Both Toby and I found it extremely hard getting back into our travelling shoes again after we were spoilt rotten, however, you are still mentioned on a daily basis:
Don’t judge, I dance when I’m happy… Sometimes you need to take a vacation from travelling. @Hyatt really knew how to spoil the redhead. #vacation #hyatt #dance #philippines #manila #sugar #hyattdance #redhead #travelfemme #luxury #hotelroom A video posted by Renate Hjallen Leknes (@redisanattitude) on
Quote Of The Day:
“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it.”
– Robert Orben