A family holiday abroad? No thank you!

It’s that time of the year that families look forward to – the holiday season. Talks over the dinner table include discussing locations for the holiday, whether that is a villa in Spain or an apartment in Tenerife. If you are lucky it might be an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean.

In my household, summer discussions usually go like this – ‘Darling, I am working the next 2 weekends, can your parents come up and look after little man?’ to which hubby replies, ‘Of course, I have that match next week, and then I am working the Bank Holiday too remember…’

We do not have a summer holiday due to both our jobs being incredibly summer based. We have always had a few days off in October around our wedding anniversary though.

I don’t feel bad that we can’t go away during the summer. It isn’t as if little man is in school yet and having to deal with his friends talking about their summer holidays away.

Yet, it still plays on my mind – should this be something that we do try and do?

Now we went away to a villa in Spain as a family when little man was 10 months old, and it was definitely testing…to say the least!

It could be that I am scarred from the experience of this, which is why going abroad doesn’t bother me at all.

There are so many lovely places to visit in the UK. At the moment I am happy stealing a few days away during the week and taking little man out of nursery. It is also 1000 times quieter than during the summer holidays which is a huge positive, plus cheaper.

Center Parcs had to be my favourite place of all time last year. We couldn’t have asked for anything more when we visited for a mid-week break in October.

So who says you have to go abroad during the summer holidays?

Really a holiday is a break away from your home, and away from the mundane routines and work schedules.

It shouldn’t matter where it is; as long as the family are all together and spending some quality time making memories, then that is all that matters.

So this summer when families are booking their holidays abroad, we will be working hard and looking forward to our break in October, which most definitely will be in the UK.

That to me is perfect enough!

Busy Working Mummy XOXO

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A Cornish Mum



10 thoughts on “A family holiday abroad? No thank you!

  1. Aww lovely photos!! We haven’t been away properly since having Mia 3 years ago and I think its due to us just being scared to do so! We have been on a couple of weekends away but near home just in case! We are aiming to go to Center Parcs later on this year as its my favourite place but I don’t know when we will pluck up the courage to go away for the week or even abroad! Like you say, as long as your together having fun, it doesn’t matter! 🙂


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  2. We’re having our first family holiday at the end of July with our two year old….TO AUSTRALIA. I must be mad. We’re staying with friends which will make things easier as we’ll have the home comforts. If we can do Oz, we can do anywhere! #JustAnotherLinky

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  3. I much more value staying home and enjoying our yard and all the fun things we can do in our area. While a short, 2-3 day trip away is nice sometimes, I feel like we never truly get to appreciate all that “home” has to offer…it’s also much easier to “get” there and so much cheaper. 🙂 And with kids in tow, it’s often more work than it’s worth to travel. Enjoy your holidays, all—no matter where you choose to spend them!

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  4. We have a 1yo and a 5yo and we always holiday in the UK. CentreParcs is great (although pretty pricey in the school holidays, which we’re now restricted to!). We also love Pembrokeshire in West Wales, and there are some fantastic beaches down in Cornwall. I must admit, I do long for a bit of exotic sun, but for now, UK holidays it is! #justanotherlinky

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  5. I never had exotic holidays as a child, and loved our yearly holidays to Cornwall. I think it’s inner happiness that really counts. We live abroad and holidays for us are usually about going back home, catching up with friends and family. It’s the simple things in life that kids need, whether that’s just playing in the garden, or meeting up with friends. I remember reading an article one summer about how children actually said they have more fun playing under a sprinkler than going to a theme park! #justanotherlinky

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  6. Yikes! Not sure what to say. Currently writing this from a villa in Portugal whilst my three year old is asleep upstairs.
    Pretty simple really I guess. It’s each to their own. We have done UK holidays too and it is just as much fun. Especially the 2p machines! Try tearing that kid away from them! 🙂
    Having said that he’s having an amazing time being able to go to the beach and pool every day without having to worry about the British weather. It’s swings and roundabouts. I dreaded the packing and the flight and the food, but it all works out. Just another learning curve 🙂 #JustAnotherLinky

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  7. We’ve decided not to go abroad this year and make the most of what the UK has to offer. When the weather’s nice here I do love it. We went away in January to Cape Verde and it was pretty testing and left us wondering if it was really worth it. I would love to go to center parks when the little one gets a bit older. x #picknmix

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