The strongest - and generally the best - memories of your childhood are often from family holidays.
Many of my own holiday memories are banal, and yet I feel warm fuzzies when I think of them.
I remember getting lost at Island View Motor Camp, near Opotiki, a couple of times. And Dad pulling over on the Kaimais so other cars could overtake us as we laboured along with the old caravan on the back of the Triumph.
I remember getting a devilish ear ache, and my mum driving me to Whakatane Hospital late at night. I was howling.
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In my teens, beach holidays involved bogan activities, all set to a very bogan soundtrack.
Now we're creating great holiday memories for our own kids. The Opoutere campground features in our plans, and my daughter still bangs on about her trip to Disneyland a year ago. We're starting to think about a roadtrip overseas.
Often planning holidays is the best part, your mind bubbling away with the possibilities.
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