It’s the height of summer and you hear the thud as letters hit the doormat. You flick through them and a small, glossy, brightly coloured postcard jumps out at you.
It’s from a friend and she's telling you what a wonderful time she's having, and how she wishes you were there-- and you look at the card and impulsively decide, "I'll DO it!"
Then you look around and realise that going away isn’t a possibility, just going out is difficult and getting on a plane is impossible.
Your heart sinks as you wonder whether you'll ever be able to have a 'normal' life.
That’s the situation that faces so many who are house bound because of illness or disability, or who are stuck going in and out of hospital.
When you're in that situation, all you can do is hear about other people’s amazing adventures.
Up until now.
After being bed bound for six years with ME/CFS I came up with the idea of a Holiday From Home.
I found a way to enjoy the fun and relaxation of a holiday and now I’m sharing that with other people. My first creation of this sort was a full holiday experience without ever leaving my room, where I put pictures up, ate the traditional food and even paddled in a foot spa pretending it was the sea.
From there, I created magical experiences that others could share. Experiences where it doesn't matter where you are in the world or whether you can even leave your sofa or bed-- you'll be whisked away to a beautiful place that seems so real you'll actually believe you've been there.
Just because life has put limitations on you, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and with my help and a pinch of imagination you can have a great holiday from home.
That's why I'm excited that in August I'm organising my latest virtual vacation and I wanted to invite you to join me. We're going to be setting off on a luxury yacht to enjoy our Ocean Adventure - you'll be swimming with dolphins, sipping cocktails, eating ice cream on the beach and exploring a deserted island on our own treasure hunt.
It's going to be fun and fabulous and you can be there too. Click here to see all the details...
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.