How are we already into the last term of school? I don’t know about you but I feel as though this year is absolutely flying by. Soon school will be out and we’ll be busy packing the factor 50 and flip flops ready for our summer holiday. Whoop!
Where have you booked for your holiday this year? Staycations are fashionable obvs, but if you’re jetting off somewhere in search of guaranteed sunshine (lucky you) I’d hazard a guess that, like us, you’ve got a week or two booked in a family-friendly resort with plenty of nearby amenities, daily children’s entertainment, and a nightly mini-disco. Am I close?!
Family holidays can be hard work
Family holidays are great, of course, but the truth is, holidays with young kids can feel like hard work. You need to do everything in your power to make it run as smoothly as possible and if that means booking the same reliable hotel year after year, then so be it! Next month, we’re heading back to the beautiful Port de Pollenca in Mallorca for the third year in a row. What can I say… it’s not very adventurous but it totally works for us and we know that we’ll have a great time.
What about an adults-only holiday?
Even if we can’t head back to our honeymoon paradise, is it possible to try and recreate that vibe with an adults-only holiday? We all know that time to yourself away from the kiddies is a really good thing. It lets you rest, recharge and refocus your energy. Self-care must be a non-negotiable part of our day, even if only for ten minutes. A few days away would most likely work wonders.
How do you feel about the thought of a child-free holiday? Even a long weekend? Would you jump at the chance, or would you have reservations? I haven’t spent more than one night away from our son since he was born. The first night I spent away was for a hen-do. Ethan was just a babe and to be honest, I found it very hard at the time.
But now that he’s five, would it be easier? I’m not really sure! It may even be harder now as he can actually tell me how much he is going to miss me. I think that as much as we need time to ourselves, leaving our brood for a few nights is always going to be a wrench.
Some of my mum-friends have had longer solo trips away, whether for work or pleasure. One is heading to Ibiza next month for a hen-do and she cannot wait. Her twins are seven though, so she’s definitely earned a break! No making packed lunches, no school-run, no doing homework, and no ferrying to and from after-school clubs for a whole week. Bliss!
Plan it for a special occasion
My school friends and I are planning a 40th birthday celebration somewhere hot. It’s not for a few years yet but as most of us have families now, it requires some forward planning. We are already starting to put some money aside and dream about luxury villas in sun-drenched destinations. I’m thinking about a Kardashian-style vacay with a private chef. A girl can dream, right?
This will be a girls-only trip, to celebrate three decades of friendship and heading into our forties on a high. Although it’s not the sort of trip I could contemplate just yet, I think by then I will more than ready to be footloose and fancy-free for a week. And honestly, I think it will do us all some good.
Have you already been on an adults-only holiday? How was it? Maybe you don’t yet feel ready to be away from your little one? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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