How Fiji got under my skin


Having just returned home from a week in Fiji for our youngest daughter’s glowing wedding, I didn’t realise, until now, just how much Fiji had got under my skin.

Afternoon glow, after the wedding, taking in the view at Outrigger Resort Fiji
Afternoon glow in Fiji

I find I am missing a lot of things:

1. I miss our family being together – we just enjoy ourselves so much when we are together and we glow with happiness 🙂

2. I miss the palm trees gently swaying in the wind, especially in the glow of the sky at sunset.

Sun is down in Fiji 6.11pm

3. I miss the friendly people greeting us with huge smiles and saying BULA at every opportunity!  The just seem to glow!

4. I miss the crystal clear water and snorkelling every morning and the glow it gave my day.

Snorkeling selfie while in Fiji for a destination wedding
Snorkelling selfie

5. I miss the cocktails at Happy Hour with the family. Those cocktails were very colourful with their cute little umbrellas, pineapple pieces and red cherries.

6. I miss having new adventures, discovering places and things to do – see how I’m glowing when I find my namesake is a transport company!

Deb's is a star in Fiji too!
My namesake – Deb’s is a star in Fiji too!

7. I miss the Bula man at the front of the resort who is employed to simply shout BULA to everyone who passes through the gate.  You can’t help but smile when you hear him.

8. I miss the warm, sunny, simple days of being on holiday in paradise.  That sunshine and water!

Paradise in Fiji at Outrigger Resort

9. I miss hanging out at the adults only pool – such a cool place and just for the big kids!

Adults only pool area with swim up bar at Outrigger Resort Fiji

10. I miss having all my meals cooked for me and no cleaning up to be done afterwards.

11. I miss being special to the locals, we were really warmly welcomed into their country. Such amazing genuine, happy people.

Happy smiles at Outrigger Resort Fiji
Glowing smiles

12. I miss having multiple photos taken with my family every day!

13. I miss talking wedding plans, it’s all over now! Look at that glowing bride and bridesmaid 🙂

Glowing Bride and Bridesmaid at Outrigger Resort Fiji
Glowing Bride and Bridesmaid

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

In all my travels it’s not often that I’m emotional at leaving a country but this was the case with Fiji.  Maybe it was because of the family connection, which when I come to think of it was the case in my other emotional instances, but I think it’s also because of a special something that got under my skin with Fiji.

I’m telling myself not to be sad that it’s over but to smile because it happened. I know we are so lucky to have had this glorious time together and I fully understand my feelings of post-holiday blues.  They will pass.

I had to smile because my daughter Melanie (blogger at The Wandering Darlings) used this very same quote in her post about her busy month.  The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

It was a glowing holiday in all senses of the word – scenery, smiles, service, family time, location and resort – plus a glowing bride.  What more could you ask for?

Have you ever had a similar reaction when something – a place, a photo, a memory, a holiday, a person, an adventure – gets under your skin? Let me know.

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Why you should visit Fiji

Deb 🙂

In case you’re wondering, this week’s photo challenge asked for something that glows but I couldn’t just stick with one image – hence my glowing post. “In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” Aaron Rose

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66 Replies to “How Fiji got under my skin”

  1. I know the feeling. I always felt like Nara (in Western Japan) is my second hometown. I am always really sad to leave as that city (and the area around it with mountains!) really gets under my skin.

    You were planning this trip for such a long time, I am reeeeally glad that you loved this holiday.

    Congratulations on being an awesome MOTB. 😉


  2. after both of my son’s wedding, there was a bit of sadness and let down…. kinda like the day after Christmas. After so much planning and excitement, it is over in a blink. But a new stage of life begins, and it becomes wonderful too. I’m sure it was even more of a “letdown” after being together at this beautiful destination. Life is good!!!

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    1. You’re exactly right Jodi with your comment about the let down but again it’s a new phase of life starting. I understand the feeling now and thanks for sharing your similar experience as well. I wholeheartedly agree life is very good!! Thanks for stopping by.


  3. First, I did not know that Melanie is your daughter! (Or if I did, it still delighted me as if it was a surprise) Second, I know how you feel. We had a family wedding in Mexico and there was so much to love about the experience it still feels like I left a piece of myself there. Even though a return to the same resort, even with the exact same people, wouldn’t recreate the magic of he original, I’d still love to give it a try. I’m so glad you found such a profound connection there- it looks beautiful and filled with goodness.

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    1. Yes it’s amazing the people still don’t realise we are mother/daughter bloggers. I’m glad you’re delighted by it!! Thanks for understanding my feelings on the issue, it was just such fun I didn’t want it to end.

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  4. It was a very special occasion, with very special people, in a location that sounds simply amazing. Of course you miss it … and the memories will always fill you with happiness 💕

    I love the selfie while snorkelling! 😃

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  5. Well, I can truly say I can see why you have a connection here. Awesome scenery, brilliant way of life and just an awesome looking place. I will wager the immortal words of a certain Terminator are appropriate…”I’ll be back” yes?

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      1. Back? I’d be struggling to leave again! Compared to life here, it looks to much more relaxed. Mind you with scenery like that, how can it not be. Oooh, just think, next time your photography skills will be uber impressive and you will be able to really show off lol

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  6. I think I’m like you Debs, when a place has a link with my family it becomes that ‘glowing’ memory! Finland, when we went for my brothers wedding, with an abundance of our family, and then two years ago when we went again to surprise my Pops for his 70th, has made it a place I feel a pull to go back to!

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  7. Wow what an amazing post about a beautiful place! Fiji has been on our list for a long time and now I’m even more inspired to go! Thank you for sharing xx

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  8. One of my best friends brought me back a cloth draw-string “purse” from Fiji years ago. It’s getting threadbare now. I wish I could find another one just like it. It holds my cell, credit cards, and lipstick, all I need for the road!

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