Snapping back to Europe, the next destination that I’m bringing you was definitely my favourite. We spent a full week in Malta with my whole extended family. Yep, my parents and sister, grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins. All twenty of us, on the island of Gozo, together for a week. It kind of felt like we took over! Coordinting 20 people to go anywhere is a challenge, let alone on an international trip to the other side of the world with eight different itineraries across 15 different countries and three continents.
We had been talking about this trip for what felt like forever. When I was thirteen years old we made a similar journey to Gozo to experience and celebrate the festival of my Nannu’s church. It was a big deal. But last year, 12 years after our original venture, we were back! This time with four extra grandchildren, a fiance and a girlfriend, it needed to be experienced again all together. I thought this trip would kind of be one of those things that people talk about forever but never really happens. But it did, it was such a great week!
At the time when we were figuring all this out I was working as a travel consultant, so you know that I was responsible for booking every single itinerary. Yep, eight different multi-country cross-continent itineraries. I made sure that every single person in my family got everything they wanted. An afternoon in London on a long lay-over, an aisle or window seat on a long haul journey, their luggage added to the booking, a cruise that hit five different countries that they wanted to see, a birthday cake for a birthday spent in the sky. It was a mission and a half and I really enjoyed it. It was probably the only part of that job that I did enjoy! They say that everything happens for a reason, and maybe those eight miserable months spent as a travel consultant was all for this – planning the perfect trip for all of my family members, no matter what their perfect trip was.
So over the next few weeks I’ll take you on our expedition back to Malta.What we went for, what we did, and of course, how to survive and have the best time on an overseas journey with your whole family. It truly was an effort in coordination before we left, but once we got there it was such a beautiful and wonderful experience that I will cherish forever. I know that we are very lucky, there are not many whole families who would travel the way we did.
This trip will always be a dear memory that I will hold close to my heart, it will be very hard to replicate.