I was tagged by the lovely @ursareads to do the winter holiday retreat tag! Had so much fun doing this and I linked up ursa’s post so do check it out!
This tag was created by Sumedha @ The Wordy Habitat and here’s the premise:
Step One: Travel destination and accomodation
I’m definitely the black sheep here because I’m taking every winter vacation stereotype and flushing it down the drain. My ideal winter retreat would be: no snow 😂
Yup you read that right. Not a fan of the cold slush crunching underneath your feet, not a fan of crusty lips, red nose, and blue fingers. And I’m certainly not a fan of freezing like an ice popsicle.
I wanted to choose a place warmer during the winter months and a destination I’ve never been to before. Thailand struck me as a lush paradise to escape to with so many historic sights and natural landscapes. They’ve got a vibrant culture that would be so much fun exploring!
I’ll be staying at a boutique hotel with a temple like style, surrounded by lush gardens and serene pools of crisp blue water. If I wanted a stay in I would chill at the hotel’s library, if I wanted to meditate a temple is not far off, and if I wanted a night out metropolitan Bangkok is just a drive away!
Step Two: Who’s Joining!?
With that let’s dive into the prompts to see who will be making it to this fabulous unusual winter retreat ✨💃🏽
A fun character who’s presence would cheer up any situation
Nikolai Lanstov – Grishaverse Trilogy
Nikolai has always been the life of the party so if there’s anyone who would cheer us up with their ridiculous jokes and silly self it’s Nikolai for sure!
A character who would parent everyone
Hermione Granger – Harry Potter series
Hermione is definitely the one who planned the itinerary , bought a couple of books on Thai history and culture with her, and is the one who manages to remind Nikolai not to forget his passport.
A character who would plan games and other activities
Legend – Caraval
The master himself! Legend I feel would be a pain if we tried to play hide and seek but there’s no one better when it comes to games and puzzles.
A character who would rather cozy up in blankets and sleep/laze around all day
Lazlo Strange – Strange the Dreamer
I had to include my fictional spirit animal! Lazlo would prefer to sit out in the gardens book in hand, and a steamy cup of tea in the other.
A character who had to cancel other plans to be here
Hades – Lore Olympus
The King of the Underworld had to be dragged by Hermes to get to this trip but everyone agreed he needed time off. I mean the dead aren’t going anywhere right?
Also we had to tell him not to get the three headed dog because the last thing this year needs is a sighting of a mythical monster roaming the streets.
A character who bought their work along with them
Pippa – A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Pippa is your definition of workaholic, she has a special suitcase with all of her logs and an actual pin up board to keep track of her investigations. Hermione is particularly impressed and Hades is annoyed that he didn’t get his own paperwork.
A character who would not leave their partner’s side
Lorcan Salvaterre – TOG
Over protective Lorcan will basically pick up a fight (and put up a punch) with anyone who tries one with Elide. Elide though is the only one who keeps him on a leash. They manage to have a side gig by juggling at the corner of the street market!
A character who is amused by everyone’s antics
Kell – A Darker Shade of Magic
Why do I feel that Kell’s default face is amused? Kell has not seen this part of the world and is even more amused by his fellow travel partners.
Lila specifically requested a set of Dhaab Thai swords because she’s Lila and a souvenir post card won’t cut it. Nikolai reminds Kell of his brother Rhys, and is actually disturbed of how annoying both of them are.
▪️Anyone else who wants to do it!