It’s actually sunny! I’ve had my flip flops on and the sun tan lotion has been in use. And it’s only mid-April, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised. When the sunshine comes, and we’re getting out into the garden, my thoughts turn to holidays, and I’m sure I’m not alone.
We’ve yet to take our children abroad, but we keep having that ‘we will do it next summer…’ chat. I love the thought of being able to go onto the beach, the kids playing with their buckets and spades, in actual warm sunshine, rather than most of the holiday photos that we have so far like this…
It’s always coats, wellies and bracing winds!
I’m sure we will have sun at some point, and when we do go for it, for ease of travelling as a family, we’re bound to look at package holidays, where you don’t need to worry about anything as the whole trip is organised for you. Back when we holidayed before having children, it was about a mixture of sightseeing, culture, meals out and lounging by the pool. I’m just not looking for that kind of thing with two young children, so I like the idea of staying on a park that has plenty to do for little ones, so we can spend time there having fun and ‘relaxing’ (I use this term loosely, of course, as any parent of small children will understand!) and then having a few fun outings. So swimming pools, splash parks, play areas and kids activities are high on my list of needs, as well as comfortable accommodation and flights that aren’t too long for that first break overseas.
Looking around, and based on where we’ve been and enjoyed in the past as a couple, I think these would be my short-list choices:
The Algarve, Portugal
This was actually where the Husband and I first holidayed abroad together. I have fond memories of that break, as it’s a beautiful place, with lovely sandy beaches and pretty towns to wander around. The Husband could even sneak in a round of golf!
I adore Italy. Everything about it, the art, culture, food, language, sights, cities, and a personal favourite, the ice cream! It’s a gorgeous country, and we enjoyed a lovely beach holiday there a few years back, near to Venice, where it would be great to take the kids to see a city full of canals and beauty.
We’ve been to Majorca and Ibiza, and enjoyed both breaks. They’re nice, family friendly places. Easy to get about and see the island, often with water parks and zoos dotted about, and then lots of sunshine to play and splash about in the pool.
One day we will get there…
Where are you planning to holiday this year?
Disclosure: Written in collaboration with First Choice