After Christmas is usually a time of reflecting, and also catching up on overspending! We try not to overdo it during the Christmas period but it’s hard to avoid. January for us is often a quiet month of staying in, avoiding the cold and trying to conserve funds. This year has been particularly quiet as my husband has injured his knee and I am six months pregnant! Everything seems like a bit of an effort to be honest.
We’ve been thinking that we could really do with something to cheer us up – and what better than planning a holiday. This year, of course, we’ll have three children in tow rather than three, and one will be a tiny baby, but that won’t stop us. I really NEED a change of scenery after a long winter up here in deepest darkest Yorkshire.
We’ve tried various kinds of holiday and never really found a formula that has worked wonderfully. We like Center Parcs but it’s really expensive in school holidays and also busy, and we don’t really want to remove our children from school during term time. We like going to France but it’s a long drive from here to Dover, with overnight stop off, and we’ve found it can be stressful – so it ends up not feeling like a holiday at all!
We even flew once, but the plane was delayed for three hours and trying to entertain a three year old and three month old baby in an airport was NOT fun, and I swore never again…
So this year? We’re going to make it easy. We’re going to hire a house with my parents and go down to Cornwall, if the weather is nice it’s idyllic, child friendly and super easy. We’ve realised that the key is staying somewhere that has things to do on site, so if you’re shattered you can have a day off. Farm holidays are great for this as there’s always somewhere for the children to explore and new things to learn too, plus there are often other families staying, which can take the edge off things. Take my advice, when it comes to holidaying with children:
1) go with grandparents or other family members.
2) plan your journey precisely, don’t trust to luck when it comes to hotels etc, they have to be right, and child friendly.
3) flying can be a nightmare. If possible go somewhere you can drive to. Northern France is a nice get away if you live in the South of England, it’s very far from the North and you’ll incur petrol and hotel expenses.
So there you have it! What are your top holiday tips?
Written by our regular contributor Heather.
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