Dear Me Circa ’83

Dear Me,

This letter finds you just embarking on your teenage years after leaving school.
The next few years you will spend partying hard, which is fine, go ahead, once the kids arrive the party times become a distance memory. Of course, you’ll have lots of different types of fun with the kids, so don’t let that put you off.

There is just one thing though, I know you are afraid of flying and afraid of visiting strange places where you wouldn’t understand people, their language or their culture. I know the opportunities will arise to go abroad and that you will decide against it. You’ll be thinking that there will be plenty of time for that in future.

I’m sorry but if you don’t take the chance right now you may not find it easy again. It will be so much simpler to just pack and go now while you are young and have no dependants. Put your fears on hold and take the plunge. Go visit some wonderful countries while you can, while it’s easy.

You see, the way things pan out means that you will not find it so easy again. You’ll either be tied up with young children who are not good travellers, a single parent, broke or with a family so large you’d need to remortgage a palace just to buy your passports! (ok, that bit is an exaggeration)

Just go girl, have some sun and fun. Go fly and take on the world. Don’t be nearly fifty and regret never being abroad.

Love From Me x

So there it is, my greatest regret, never having travelled abroad. The opportunities did arise but I put them off, so if I could go back I’d make sure I went. Of course, I still believe there is time, I’m not that past it yet (My Mother-in-law and my auntie both took their first holidays abroad when they were in their 60s) so I still hold out hope and have my bucket list of places I’d go.

Legal and General are holding a competition asking what advice you would give to your younger self and you could win a £1000 worth of holiday vouchers just for telling them on their Facebook page. So why not take a look and enter? Good luck!

I have been asked to inform people about this competition. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. September 14, 2014 / 10:29 pm

    I really regret not having travelled before heading off to uni. When everyone else was thinking about gap years, I thought i could just have a gap year after but little did i know that there would be no gap to have a gap year at that point as there were responsibilities and jobs and then mortgages and kids etc. We did have a 'big' holiday to USA and Canada before the kids were born and that was amazing so i'd love to do something like that again in future. Who knows once the kids have all left home and we are empty-nester bloggers perhaps we could meet up and go on holiday and make up for the regrets of not going when younger. Will pop over and enter the L and G comp and if I was to be lucky enough to win, I'll give it to you to go abroad with. xxx

    • September 15, 2014 / 3:44 pm

      awwww Rebecca, that is so sweet of you xx An empty nest blogger holiday sounds like a good idea. I quite fancy a cruise 😉

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