Our Favourite Beach Holiday Dresses

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Living in Hong Kong means Lunar New Year is a big deal – bigger than Christmas. Everyone travels home for a week to be with their families and exchanges red packets of money called lai see, which symbolise good luck and ward off evil spirits.

We are celebrating the holiday as a new family unit with a short trip to the beach in Vietnam. According to this Dutch study, we derive the largest amount of happiness from anticipating a holiday, rather than the actual holiday itself. Ludicrous. This gave me pause as I scrolled the usual sites in search of new beach kit for the trip (see my favourite finds, below, including the ones I bought) and pondered the possibilities of our vacation – wandering from the villa to the water’s edge in a cute one-piece, cocktail in hand; long afternoon naps while bub sleeps; morning jogs along the beach; finishing a novel; devouring plates of Vietnamese spring roles etc.

I admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this exercise and bought three new outfits to boot (oops), but it’s difficult to imagine that I’d derive less pleasure from the holiday itself. That said, we do now have a bub in tow which adds a new level of logistics, not to mention the disproportionate increase in luggage.

Will this holiday be the exception to the rule? I bloomin’ hope so.

Have you ever enjoyed the anticipation of a holiday more than the holiday itself?

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