Island Bliss in Barbados A week to turn my brain off
Taking a trip with family is always a different kind of experience than any adventure that you plan with friends. Especially when your destination is tropical. Sure it can be argued that any time you leave home to go on a new excursion, you feel the bliss of entering into an alternate reality where you can forget about all of the responsibilities that await you upon your return. But when you take a trip with family, you feel an extra comfort in knowing that you’re being taken care of. You don’t have to worry about where you’re staying or what you’re going to eat that day or how to get from point A to point B. I love being able to revert into kid mode and just completely forget all about adult life for a little bit as I sit by the pool and soak up some sun with the people who matter the most. It’s also always refreshing to dedicate time to bond with family. As I’m getting older, it’s becoming more and more difficult to totally keep up with everyone. My brother, my cousins and I had so much fun hanging out together and making the most of our week in paradise.
It also didn’t hurt that our accommodations were straight out of a fairy tale. We stayed at the beautiful Crystal Springs on the West Coast of Barbados and I swear it felt like we never even had a reason to ever leave the place. The staff were all extremely friendly and made sure that we always had anything that we may need. I spent most of my days alternating between the pool and the beach and taking little mini adventures on the boat. Super rough life.
We did manage to peel ourselves from our beach chairs on a couple of occasions to explore the island. We ventured down the coast to Dover beach to do some surfing at Barry’s Surf School. It felt really good to get out there and do something active, and it sparked more of an adventurous mindset for the rest of the trip! I made sure to take advantage of everything we had available to us – we went paddle boarding, tubing, wakeboarding, snorkeling – you name it! I spent as much time as possible being as salty as I could.
We also took a tour of St. Nicholas Abbey. Barbados is widely credited to be the birthplace of rum and St. Nicholas is a large plantation, museum, and distillery on the island. It was fun to walk the grounds and drink rum punch – probably some of the best rum I’ll ever taste! This was also a good place to buy gifts for friends and family at home.
The manager of our villa, Amanda, caught wind that I was interested in checking out the Barbados nightlife and she came up with a total plan for us to be able to go out. She came up to me on Friday morning after breakfast and told me that she would make arrangements for a taxi to pick us up from the house around 8:30 so that we could meet her and her sons out for a few cocktails and then we could go out with her sons to a bar called Harbour Lights. It was all just too easy. I’m not going to say that I forceddddd everyone to join me, but they definitely weren’t as excited about the idea as I was. To our surprise, our “taxi” turned out to be a little party van with a giant screen for us to watch music videos on our way to the bar. The whole situation was too funny, but it was such a random experience that we couldn’t help but laugh. It’s not everyday that I get to party with my cousins – especially the ones who are so far under 21! The night was definitely worth the mild hangover that I had to endure the next morning, I think everyone was happy that I was so bossy about going.
All in all, my week in Barbados was absolutely unbelievable. Not only was I able to turn my brain off and forget about real life responsibilities for a short period of time, but I made strong, lasting memories with a bunch of people that I love the most. It was a noteworthy week of reflection, appreciation, and constant reminders of how lucky I am. Tropical, relaxing family vacations are sometimes just what the doctor ordered.
Favorite spot at the house – I drank coffee here almost every morning!
Salty hair >>>>
If you got up on a surfboard and didn’t get a picture, did you really get up??
Missing our sister
Trust me, I was just as shocked as you are.
Zero upper body strength.
Booze cruise – perfect way to close out the week.