A couple weeks ago (yes, it’s taken me a while to write this) was mine and my girlfriend’s first holiday together. We’d been talking about going somewhere for a good few months. But at that time, I wasn’t out and Soph was introduced as just a gal pal. As much as I wanted to book a little trip to a beautiful country and spend time just the two of us, I didn’t want to lie to my parents about who I was going with.
I came out to my parents at the beginning of May and just a couple weeks later me and Soph had booked our first holiday: Malta.
The smaller island of Gozo took our fancy. We set up camp there and visited the Xwejni Salt Pans. Learn about how they harvest salt and peer closer at these pockets of sea water to see the crystallised salt.
Nestled in the walls opposite is a cave where a local salt farmer (is that right?) looks out to the sea and sells bags of the salt. Further up is another little salt shop which attracts more customers due to its clear, better looking branding. But if you want to support someone even more local, grab some salt from this guy instead.
Being by the sea everyday completely relaxed me. My mental health had been playing up before the trip – and even though it never heals by leaving the place it was materialised, being in the clear blue sea with the sun beating down on me helped a fair bit.
I’m so grateful to have been able to travel with my partner and not feel guilty about it. Coming out was hard but it’s been a breeze since that initial conversation. It has allowed us to each other more often; it has allowed me to be more open with my family which has done great things for my mental health.
Let’s book some more trips for the near future.