When i was working in Singapore few years back my company had less projects and i was asked to go on deputation that too on single status and i had to leave my family in Singapore or India. There was no option to say no. I and my colleague were asked to go and we had two places Sharjah and Amsterdam to choose one for each.
I always had a dream to see Europe and actually planned for some anniversary but didn't happen. My colleague was asked first and he opted Sharjah due to his personal family issues and i had no option but to go to Amsterdam.
I can never forget that moment of my dream coming true to stay in Amsterdam for over an year and by that time the company rules got changed and was offered family status. Me and my family were so happy that we stay together and see Europe as much possible.
We went to Amsterdam and to our blessing the duration extended to two years.
We saw almost new place or country every month and explored places like Santorini which we only saw in movies. Almost covered most of Europe. At the end of the deputation when i had to send my family back to India so that the schools were starting here but i had to stay longer for few more months i had pleasure of visiting Norway on 10 day cruise.
The moment where you had no work but was to go to your dream destination with family will be remembered for life.