Things you only know if all you can think about is going on holiday

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By Sam Wylie-Harris, PA

One of the main virtues of a holiday is the getting away from it all. Stepping onto foreign soil – sandy or volcanic, it doesn’t matter – you’re in your holiday shoes. The escapism frees your mind from the humdrum of work, bills and real life, and just puts you in a sunny mood.

But we’re all pretty much grounded for the time being, thanks to Covid-19 and travel corridor restrictions. So, if you’re desperate to be somewhere, anywhere else right now, you might just recognise yourself in some of these…

A beach screensaver gives you a new lease of life. Whenever you start your laptop, the first thing you see is a gorgeous picture of the Indian Ocean. You feel yourself drifting into the warm turquoise sea – only to be pulled back from paradise by some dull email.

You spend hours surfing the web for the best holiday deals. Even though you’re not going anywhere, you’ve become an ace armchair traveller. Your essential packing list has been painstakingly prepared, and your fantasy itinerary includes all the essential sightseeing attractions. Indeed, you’ve nailed the best last-minute city break and have enough left in the pot for a two week fly and flop to the Canary Islands.

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You find yourself browsing the luggage aisle. Normally you wouldn’t go there, but for some reason chic carry-on luggage and suitcases with smart features have you pulling wheelies from the shelf and checking out all their nifty features.

You go through your swimwear and decide you don’t have enough sarongs. It’s good to be prepared, right? And even though you love tropical prints, flirty florals might be more flattering when you’re holding a sundowner and posting that long-awaited, all important Instagram pic.

You’re not satisfied with a subscription to just one travel magazine. Sometimes, you might want to be reading about an exciting safari experience and sleeping in a luxe lodge, not hiking to the snow-capped peaks of Patagonia. But then again, you’ve always fancied rum, salsa and Cuba. Nope, you must have at least three glossy travel mags coming through the post so you’re not missing out.

It doesn’t matter it’s winter, you’re still looking for moisturiser with a high SPF. Whether it’s tinted sunscreen or moisturiser, you still want an SPF of 30. After all, sun related damage doesn’t stop just because you’re not in a hot country. And the smell of it makes you feel like you’re abroad.

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You get carried away ordering takeout and buying cookbooks featuring farflung cuisines. Sunday roast or bangers and mash just doesn’t cut it. For some reason, you’re far more hungry for dishes that speak of other climes. Think Thai curries, Tandoori chicken, Greek spanakopita pie, meze, chunky guacamole and ceviche. Anything goes, as long as it feels like food you’d eat after a day sightseeing or lounging by the sea.

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