It seems so long ago since we went on holiday! Probably because we didn’t last year. Mr H was born in June so I didn’t really want to go away too close to his arrival (my fear of being admitted with pre-eclampsia put paid to that) and then we didn’t book anything for after his arrival as we wanted to see how things went.
This year, however, we have been a bit more organised and have a week away booked in North Wales. Not the most glamorous of locations, but will suit us perfectly. Lots of places to go walking, lots to see and a nice beach if we get lucky with the weather. We have booked a lovely looking cottage on a working farm, so I am sure the children will enjoy seeing the various parts of the farm in action.
The children have very simple requests at the moment for their holidays. Mr D just wants to go to where the mountains are, and Miss E would like a castle to visit. I think we can cover that off pretty easily as we are staying near Snowdonia and there are a couple of castles close by, including Caernarfon Castle, as well as various railway and train related things to go and see.
In the past, Damian and I would be looking to some far flung corner of the world to go and explore on our holiday, and I am glad that I’ve done a lot of the main places I really wanted to see (Argentina still eludes me for the time being). For the time being, whilst the children are all so young, we are content staying in the UK and exploring some of the wonderful places that are (almost!) on our doorstep.
Our plan is in the future to travel more with the children when they are all a bit older and able to appreciate a city break a little more and also have the energy to walk greater distances. Neither Damian or I are hugely into beach holidays, and if you know us in real life then you will know that neither of us has the skin tone for sunbathing, so a week off in the sun on a package deal doesn’t really appeal to us, although I can understand their attraction. We are mostly just looking forward to a whole week away from work, from the house and just time for the five of us together without the distraction of little jobs in the house and the day to day demands of life. We are looking forward to exploring a little slice of Wales with the children and seeing their excitement.
With it being Wales we are realistic about the potential weather! So we are going to pack for every weather type…. or at least that’s the plan. The children and I already have plenty of waterproofs jackets and of course wellies so they’ll get thrown in along with warmer weather clothes and sandals should we get lucky with the sun and can get to the beach. Damian needs to get some wellies as, for some reason, he doesn’t own any (madness!) and I think he also needs some new trainers as his current ones are looking pretty tired so we’ll probably order some from Stand Out Men’s Footwear in the next few weeks before we head off.
Once we come back we have a few weeks before we head off on our second adventure – an overnight stay in London. This was a bit of an impulse decision when I spotted that Virgin trains were offering tickets from Manchester to London for just £10 each way. It seemed silly to not book something so after a few emails exchanged I booked tickets for us to head down there in June. The children are really excited and want to go on the Underground and to ‘see the dinosaurs’.
I’ve got them a couple of London books and we are working our way through those and I’ll do some other bits and pieces with them after our Wales holiday so they can, hopefully, name some of the sites we see. We have booked a cheap family room in a hotel and we are only there overnight so a little bit of planning from Damian and I to try and maximise our time there I think.
The two breaks away will really do us good and I’m pleased we have the contrast of the quiet of the countryside in Wales and the buzz of the big city in London. I hope we can squeeze another little break in at some point in the autumn, maybe up to the North East or Scotland if we get lucky. We also hope to get to Cardiff to see my grandparents at some point and explore a little of the area with the children.
What are your holiday plans this year?
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