The best holiday I ever had was when I went to Florida with my family. When my Dad told me, I was very excited because it would be my first time in the ‘sunshine state of America’. I asked my dad where we are going, and he said, ‘we are going on the 26TH July and coming home on the 9th of August, but the bad thing was I had to wait two months to go. Time flew by and the next thing I knew, I was packing my suitcase; I packed in lots of t-shirts and shorts. My mum packed in lots of bottles of sun cream because she is the one who goes on and on saying “be careful in the sun”.
After all the bags were packed into the boot, we all were on our way to fourteen days of sunshine. When we got to the airport, we left our luggage with the airport staff to put it on the plane. A message came up on the T.V screen saying that our flight had been delayed for 8 hours. After knowing about the delay, we had spare time to fill our tummies because they were rumbling. Finally, after 7 hours, a message said, ‘could passengers going to Orlando, Florida make their way to gate 17’ everyone cheered, and we all made our way to the plane. It took 10 hours to get to Orlando, but it was well worth it.
When we arrived, it was 4.00 am, and the hard part was to find our hotel; and on our way, we got lost in a place called ‘Boggy Creek’, and my family blamed it on my Dad because he was driving. Eventually, we reached our hotel, with a bit of a struggle, at 5.30 am. When we got to our room, we put our bags to one side of the room and flopped our tired bodies on the beds. The first day in Florida was fantastic. We all went to Wet & Wild. This was a water part in Orlando, near International Drive, and we spent most of the day there. The weather was great, blue skies and sunshine all day and the only sad part was that we had to leave, as we were enjoying ourselves so much.
We went to bed pretty early that night because we had to get up early the next day. We went to Orlando shopping at the famous ‘Beltz’ shopping complex full of discount designer stores like Adidas, Nike, Levis, etc. We also went to Universal Studios. Universal Studios were amazing; 3d movies, special stunt shows and exciting rides filled our day. After the Studios, we headed off to the Beltz Shopping complex. When we arrived, it was massive. People rushing everywhere, the air-conditioning helped, but when you went from one mall to the other, the heat outside was scorching.
My Mum and Dad had to tell me to stop buying so much because we had another 10 days left and my money was ‘burning a hole in my pocket’! Already my arms were full of bags with clothes, shoes etc., so I had to stop. The next day we lazed around the pool, trying to get a tan, but Mum being Mum, splashed loads of cream on my back; it was freezing! The next day we visited Disney World. It was wonderful, more than you could imagine, all the famous stars were walking around the park, such as Donald Duck, Goofy and the best…Mickey Mouse. We spent the whole day there; it was a whole day trip because at 9.00 pm there is a magnificent electronic nighttime parade, which was so picturesque and amazing. There was also a nighttime fireworks extravaganza to celebrate the millennium; it was awesome.
When we returned to the hotel, I was so exhausted I went straight to sleep with my clothes still on. The next day was frantic because we were leaving our hotel in Kissimmee and travelling down to Clearwater Beach, further down the coast. We had some trouble packing our suitcases into the car because of all the things we had bought but eventually, Dad found a way, and we were on the road. When we arrived at Clearwater, the weather was brilliant; I ran up the stairs and stripped and put on my swim trunks and jumped into the pool, which was warm. My family would have a relaxing holiday in Clearwater because our first week in Kissimmee had been at a frantic pace and pretty non-stop. So the next day we went to the beach, which was only about two minutes walk away.
The sand was scorching, and we had to scamper across the sand as quickly as possible so as not to burn our feet. We stayed there for a few hours and then returned to the hotel pool to laze about. The next day my Mum and Dad’s friends met up with us. They had travelled down from South Carolina, which was about a 7-hour drive, and they were staying in Clearwater for a couple of days to see us before continuing their journey to Miami. So we all went to Busch Gardens one day. We left the hotel at about 7.30 am and went to McDonald’s for our breakfast. When we arrived at the Theme Park, there was a thunderstorm, and most of the rides were closed, except for the water rides, but we still enjoyed ourselves. When we got back to the hotel, my brother and I went to the pool again to amuse ourselves. We didn’t get to bed that night until about 2.30 am because my Mum and Dad’s friends didn’t leave until really late.
The next day the weather was glorious, and my Dad had a special surprise for us. He hired Jet Ski’s for the day, and it was excellent. The water was hot, clear and the sun glistened all day. That was the best day of my holiday, but I got badly sunburned. The next day was our last. One last swim in the pool and this left my Mum and Dad some time to pack the bags, then we were back on the road again, this time our homeward journey to the airport. I fell asleep on the plane and only awoke when we had nearly arrived back in Belfast. I stepped out of the plane, and the breeze took my breath away; it was so cold! I turned to my Mum and Dad and said, “That was the best holiday I ever had”.