What we did today wasn’t illegal. At least I don’t think so anyway. Yes, we may have trespassed and yes it was pre-meditated but seriously officer; it was our first offence, a minor misdemeanour which we promise never to repeat. It was kind of fun though, but no, as I have already stated we will not do it again.
Look, being a backpacking family is not glamorous. It is all bunk beds instead of luxury suites, street food instead of fancy restaurants and exploration on foot, not even tuk tuks, let alone guided tours! That is what makes this experience so unique to us and why we love it. But as you may know, from reading my previous posts, I actually do enjoy a bit of glitz. So while I am not proud of my actions, I will justify them by saying that I just wanted to live that swanky resort life just one more time. I just wanted another taste, just one.
We began by defining our objective. Let the record show that this was after a cocktail or two so our judgement may have been impaired. In the light of day we were slightly hesitant but by then the mission had been set and there was no backing down. We then scoured the area for an appropriate target. And then we monitored that target to ensure we could get past the security. After this, all that was left to do was to swear our comrades (aka our kids) to secrecy and complete said mission.
Then it was time to hustle. We dressed in appropriate attire – casual clothing that could double as swimwear, and evaded security by skirting diagonally through the car park before strutting through the lobby as if we owned the place. Phase one had been completed. We were in! The resort facilities had been spotted and we had hit the jackpot – large pools, sun-loungers a plenty, water-slides and a playground to boot, oh my!
Phase Two was to contain those looks of glee, blend in and have fun. And the having fun part, of course, was easy. This place felt truly decadent and I loved it.
I must admit that my heart did beat a little faster every time a staff member walked by and I am sure I held my breathe whilst the security guard did the rounds. But the only red flag here, would have been our lack of purple and white stripe pool towels, which adorned every guests sun lounger except for ours. But honestly we looked like we belonged there and we were tidy and respectful so no one suspected a thing. After a few hours, before pushing our luck, we moved on out. Mission complete.
I need to be honest here, whilst I am not proud of our actions, I am pleased that we had the courage to go through with the task. No, it probably wasn’t the smartest idea, as parents, to encourage our children to let go of their morals for a while (no parent of the year awards for us) but it was worth it.
Now what you may ask, ‘What do I have to say for myself now?’ And well, your honour, I have to admit that it was fun to be a rebel for the day and the element of fear did make it all that wee bit more exciting. But, all is not lost because I now have a whole new appreciation for resorts. I can see why people pay top dollar for them. Not only are they your place of rest but they can double as your daily activities also.
For the record I do not recommend doing what we did. Please do not think that sneaking into a resort and using their facilities is a bright idea. We did not get caught, but we might have and who knows what could have happened then. I do think you will be pleased to hear my new mission though. I have accepted the task of searching for an affordable resort for a couple of nights in Cambodia. We may be eating nothing but rice in order to be able to afford it, but we have a sneaky suspicion that it just might be worth it!
xx Travelling Fresh