Thinking back to when I was a little girl, holidays were always really exciting. They were weeks away with the family (my Parents and my little Sister) having the times of our lives exploring new places and seeing new things. Having lived in the West Midlands all my life, our family holidays were always near the coast so we could enjoy a day at the beach and have fun playing in the sand and dipping our toes into the sea.
We always used to holiday in and around the UK with family favourites being Dawlish Warren in Devon and St Andrews up in Scotland. I remember one holiday when my Parents didn’t tell us we were going on holiday until we were on the way in the car and my Dad had concealed all the holiday luggage in the boot so we didn’t guess. It was only when we asked where we were going that our Parents told us the truth and we were delighted!
Family holidays abroad were very rare. It was an expensive treat and one that my Parents worked really hard for us to enjoy. We went to the Algarve in Portugal and Paris with a trip to Disneyland and I have really happy memories of those holidays. I really appreciate how hard my Parents must have worked for us to afford holidays, both in the UK and abroad and I want Little Mr to appreciate his holidays wherever they may be, as he’s growing up too.
When my hubby and I were thinking about holidays for this year, we knew that we wanted to go somewhere nice and somewhere that we could make happy childhood memories with our Son. I have really happy memories of holidaying in a caravan by the seaside and spending days on the beach just playing with the sand and the water and I want that for my Son too. We used to go on holiday with my Grandparents in their tent and it was fantastic fun. I want to enjoy long lazy days sitting on the beach, making sandcastles and enjoying an ice cream by the sea with fish and chips for dinner watching the sun go down.
Don’t get me wrong, we would have loved to go abroad again this year for some guaranteed sunshine but it’s just too expensive for us to consider. Perhaps next year we might look at hopping over the channel into mainland Europe but we have to take our holidays out of term time as my hubby is a Teacher and I’m sure we all know how expensive holidays are during that time of year! Last year we went to Turkey as the holiday fit into our budget and in all honesty, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped so have made a pact with hubby that we’ll only go on holiday somewhere that we all really want to visit and we can afford. We once went camping in Devon on a shoestring and had practically no money to visit any attractions and the weather was rubbish so we couldn’t even sit on the beach all day. Hubby’s best memory of that holiday was the Cornish Pasty so that says it all really!
This year we have booked a caravan at a seaside holiday park in Weymouth for a week in August. We’ll be self-catering so hoping to do a supermarket shop when we get down there to help us with breakfasts and picnic lunches with evening meals out and about or back in the caravan if we pop to a local farm shop for supplies.
We’re planning some family fun days out including visits to Diggerland and Paultons Park but the rest of the week is unscheduled. We’re hoping to visit some of the south coast and take in the scenery. I really want to visit Durdle Door and Chesil Beach but most of all we’re looking forward to sunny days on Weymouth beach with a coolbox full of supplies, a bucket and spade in hand for Little Mr and some money aside for an ice cream or two. I cannot wait!
I’d love to say a huge thanks to the team at Al Fresco for sending me a ‘Holiday from your Holiday’ tote bag full of fabulous treats.
I’ll be using them in the lead up to my holiday in the Summer to help me relax from all the planning and the list writing. I’m sure holidays aren’t supposed to be so stressful!
Where are you off on your holidays this year? Are you the caravan or camping kind?