Booking our first foreign family holiday

Florida, fun in Florida, first foreign family holiday

Taking the plunge and planning our first aeroplane adventure.

For the last 5 years or so our family holidays have seen us enjoying the delights of the UK.

But it was only a matter of time before we booked our first foreign holiday. As much as we love holidaying in the UK we’re keen that Olivia and William have opportunities to learn about different countries and cultures.

So we’ve booked our first foreign family holiday. We will be taking our children onto an aeroplane for the very first time.

This feels like such a big step for us.

The last time I stepped onto a plane was in 2008, all those years ago before children became a reality. My husband and I jetted off to Florida for ten days before embarking on a road trip up the East Coast’s I-95 to Washington DC, Philadelphia and finally New York City.

It was amazing. We had such a blast.

It was the second time we had visited Florida and it’s right up there as one of our favourite places to fly to.

Florida, fun in Florida, first foreign family holiday

Both my husband and I have both yearned to go back, but we had always said that we wouldn’t take our children until they were about ten-years-old.

Our rationale was that we didn’t think that Florida is a good place to take very young children. When you think of Florida you think of Orlando and the Disney, Universal and Seaworld theme parks – places that are more suited to slightly older children, not least because you’ll be able to make the most of everything on offer with older children.

That’s what we used to think anyway.

That’s right. Not only are we going to be taking our children abroad for the first time, their first ever flight will be a 9 hour one!

You can’t accuse us of doing things by half!

Thankfully we will have some back-up. This is going to be a proper family holiday – the whole of my husband’s side of the family is going.

I was a bit nervous at first about the idea of a big family holiday because I like my independence, but we’re all having our own hotel rooms rather than share a villa and we’ll have our own cars to do our own thing. It means we can do things all together, but also do things as a family of four. I think that’s a pretty neat compromise and I can’t wait.

You can expect a few travel-related posts over the coming months as we prepare for our first foreign family holiday at the start of next year. I’ll also be sharing our experiences of a Florida holiday with a 5 and 3-year-old and giving you the lowdown on the best places to visit and things to do with young children while you’re there.

I’ll also be sharing any handy tips (like how to make the most of the theme parks) that I pick up while we’re there.

In the meantime, I made this video to reminisce about our last Florida holiday and get Olivia and William excited about their first one.

I can’t wait to make a video of our time there next year. Stay tuned!


  1. Great post, I have booked Florida too for next year. I am so excited I just love it. My children are older and have been before, but there is so much to attract every age isn’t there.

    1. It’s such a great place. I know that my husband and I are going to be big kids as soon as we land and I think those are the best holidays. Hope you have a fab time too.

  2. What a fab post and very exciting. Can’t wait to see your hints and tips as we are going in Dec 2015 with all 5 children and no helpers. None of them have been on a foreign holiday before, eeek! I’m dreading it. Sounds like you will have a fab family holiday.

    1. I’m not sure we would have done the holiday next year if it weren’t for the fact my in-laws are all coming along too. It’s the aeroplane part that I’m most nervous about, but deep down I’m sure it will be fine. I bet all your children are super excited about going 🙂

  3. Brilliant! We are taking our 9 and 7 year old to Disney next year too, so I’ll be watching out for your tips. We’re doing a villa though… but am sure we can still learn lots from you!! 🙂

  4. My first oversees trip with my son was quite an experience. I wanted him to see my homecountry and meet his extended family there. He was just four and could not understand why the flight took so much time and why we needed to get on the plane again and were not there already!

  5. Yay!! Congratulations on taking the leap – you’ll love it! We’ve taken our children to Disney and there’s something there for every single age group…and seeing it through their eyes is SO much more fun! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip.

  6. We wanted to go for my 40th this year but sadly hubby was made redundant and we used our savings on just getting by – I hope we get there soon and look forward to seeing your photos

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