It really has become a thing in Denmark, hasn’t it? A parental leave holiday. And it’s not meant as a trip to Western Jutland (though that sounds nice too), nope, the parental leave holiday is the journey to the tropics, to exotic lands (even if Western Jutland definitely also has been exotic what with the warm summer we had) – and preferably for an extensive period of time.
I know people who leave for Thailand for a month. Three weeks in Bali. Far from laundry (because you want a destination where you can afford outsourcing that stuff so you can really relax). So far away that your budget is king rather than Burger King, in relation to the latte-index in Denmark. Where everything may be a bit more sexy and tropical so you can reignite your (perhaps dried out) relationship (let’s face it, there isn’t quite enough time for kissing and cuddling during the early days of being parents). Where you can feel a bit sexy and apply some glitter oil and have beach hair.
Oh yes, I’d love that! I am also very aware of when I’d love that (apart from NOW!). In March! Perhaps all of March? Adam is on paternity leave from 2 January onwards, so after he’s been at home for a few months. A month far away in the tropics, and then return home to spring in the yard and summer on the roof terrace. Doesn’t that sound just perfect?
We actually talked about staying within Europe as well – it’s so lovely here, and the environment would be pleased as well. But honestly? We can’t afford a long holiday in Europe. It doesn’t quite work with parental leave pay and the bit of savings we’ve got. And in relation to timing – Europe isn’t that amazing in March.
So, Asia seems more appealing (and then we’ll take our precautions which at least speak for the environment; monkey class, choosing airlines with fuel-efficient planes (e.g. Norwegian), and then we can climate-compensate financially). And Thailand in particular, which I’ve seen so many people enjoy during their parental leave. It seems like the place to go? Family-friendly, easy to travel in, they are friendly, good hospitals, direct flights, etc.
But we’ve never been there! In Thailand. And we’ve never travelled with a little human before – who, at that time, will be around five-six months of age. Hence why I’m giving you guys a shout, you all-knowing friends!
Where to go in Thailand in March? Areas as well as bungalow-specifically (this beach, third bungalow to the right of the beach-side palm tree, please!). Budget-friendly preferably, child-friendly, and without too much ping-pong-show.
First and foremost I imagine a dozen or so days in Bangkok… and then maybe Ko Kood? My friend recommended that highly. But other tips? And, if you don’t mind, please share tips about how much you spent? Not necessarily in detail, but rather in terms of how far you got for how much (or little!)? … These are all photos from our last trip to Asia, our honeymoon in Bali. You’ll find my Bali guide here.