I’m feeling very proud of myself today as I’ve managed to persuade the other half to go on a Sun newspaper holiday.
This is a huge deal as whereas I have fond childhood memories of holidays in a caravan park in Torquay as a child, Hubs does not. He had one awful experience and vowed he’d never go again.
I’m aware that my memories could have a touch of the rose tinted glasses about them. These holidays were all when I was under the age of eight, a time when whacking on some armbands and splashing about in a chilly pool, or eating chips from a newspaper cone was my idea of a good time. I did go once as a teenager to Portugal and stayed in a mobile home and that was pretty good, even if you couldn’t shower between 2pm and 4pm because that’s when the gardener watered the shrubs.
If I’m honest, we don’t have the best track record of holidays abroad, so staying in the UK to holiday in itself doesn’t require a big change of mindset. We didn’t even bother going abroad for our honeymoon, we stayed in a lodge in Cornwall for a week, and only that because we won it in a prize drawer.
Our best holidays have been city break abroad. We love food and seeing interest things so it’s not surprising.
Beach holidays have been a disaster. Hubs isn’t great with the heat, we’ve always been screwed with rubbish hotel buffets and apart from one decent Abba tribute band the evening entertainment has been pretty poor.
On balance, spending a lot of money on a holiday is a gamble for us. We both love seeing new places and having time off but both feel a bit grumpy if it’s a let-down. On the same basis, cruddy accommodation can send us over the edge.
Booking a couple of UK holidays based solely in the UK seemed like a good compromise. If we hate it, we can come home. Getting a steal on the price makes it even better. So we’ve booked two “£9.50 Sun Holidays” this year, and I’m excited. For less than forty pound we’ve got a 4 night break for the three of us! Yes, there’s some additional costs involved and we’ve paid to upgrade to better accommodation, but it’s still a bargain. I’ve done a few of them in the past on the basic accommodation and honestly, it’s a great idea if you just want some cheap and cheerful accommodation for a base.
We’ve picked two major holiday parks for our breaks, and I’ll be sure to review them as I’ve picked them solely on being child friendly. One is a caravan park run and the other is a Butlins resort for one of their “Just for Tots” breaks. Small Boy is two so having family orientated facilities and entertainment is a must. I’ll let you know how we get on with them!
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