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I’ve been in a bit of a daydream so far this month. I admit it, I’ve been thinking about our next family holiday already.
I find it helps me through the dreary and often depressing month of January, especially with the joviality of Christmas over for another year.
Of course, my daydreaming is helped along enormously by all the holiday companies shouting from the rooftops about their best deals for easter breaks 2014.
Right now it seems like a perfect time to be planning a getaway for: there’s the school holidays and long bank holiday (I wouldn’t want my husband and I to be hit with a fine like the Shropshire couple who took their children out of school for a week’s holiday), not to mention the fact that spring will be in the air, emerging from hibernation in all its resplendent glory.
Yep, planning easter holidays is fun, but where to go? Should we opt for a staycation, a UK-based break or leave on a jet plane for a foreign holiday?
A staycation is generally the cheapest option because you stay at home rather than travelling to a hotel or resort.
It can be fun to take the time to visit local places of interest, but it’s not the most exciting option when it comes to a holiday.
We’ve done a few of these over the years when we’ve had renovation work going on at home or the children’s schedules to adhere to, but carrying on with your regular routine – which we find we slip into too easily when we have time off at home – doesn’t make it feel like a real break.
The UK has some great places to visit and lots of things to see and do.
Not afraid of long car journeys, we’ve been making the most of what the UK has to offer since having children.
As a family we’ve explored some interesting places and even surprised ourselves at times by uncovering some real holiday gems.
Our break at Butlin’s Bognor Regis resort during April last year (due to my role as a Butlin’s blogger ambassador for 2012-13) was one such surprise, with lots more to do and much better facilities than we had originally thought pre-holiday.
I wouldn’t mind going back (and I know Olivia is hankering after their waterpark), although there are also ‘old haunts’ – cities and towns where my husband and I used to live – which we’d like to show our children and explore once again too.
A holiday abroad is something we’ve not done yet as a family, but it’s long overdue. My husband and I haven’t been overseas since 2008 and never with the children.
The main obstacle for us has been summoning enough courage to ferry 2 young children onto an airplane and keep them well behaved for however many hours it takes to reach foreign shores.
But, I know lots of people who have taken their babies and small children on long-haul flights and with so many articles on the internet offering tips for flying with children,
I know that it shouldn’t be something that stops anyone from enjoying a foreign holiday.
Do you like to plan an easter break for your family? Do you favour a staycation or prefer venturing further afield in the UK or another country?