Coastal Mallorca: photo via here
For the past month we have been trying to put together a road-trip through Germany and into Poland. The logistics of the trip were getting too complicated, so we decided to look online for some great all-inclusive last-minute vacations. In the Netherlands, people get many more vacation days than in North America. For example, the base-line number of paid vacation days is 21 days (and that is just for an entry-level position!) As you spend more time in a company, or hold a higher ranking position, your vacation days can amount to 6 or 7 weeks, or even more. When looking for a last-minute vacation through Dutch travel sites, I was astounded by the amount of vacations listed for 22 days. There were plenty of all-inclusive deals, at a 4 star hotel in Turkey, Tunisia, or Greece, for roughly 450 euros for 22 days! Unbelievable! We actually had a hard time finding vacations for only 4 or 5 days, and they ended up costing more than if we fled the country for almost a month!
Last night, after searching for 3 hours, we finally booked a great vacation that I'm super-excited for. We'll be going to Mallorca (Majorca), a small Spanish island in the middle of the Balearic Sea, for 4 days.
Mallorca is located just off the eastern coast of Spain: photo via here
We're staying in Santa Ponsa, right on the beach, and have a semi-inclusive deal which includes breakfast and dinner daily. The last time we went on a sunny "vacation" was two years ago, when Gabriel took me to Cuba. Since then, we've been throughout Europe, but haven't had the opportunity to lie on a beach and swim in the ocean. Malta was beautiful in December, but it was still pretty cold and we needed to wear jackets and jeans. I'm really looking forward to experiencing some hot weather (which has yet to show up in the Netherlands) and eating at cute tapas bars on the island! The island forecast is showing 86 degree farenheit weather with zero percent chance of rain for the whole time we're there!
Today I'm off to find some cheap holiday clothing, and begin making my packing list (I'm obsessed with list-making...) We're leaving in 6 days!