We have had many different types of holidays since having children, hiring a cottage, camping in a tent in the UK and France, then two years ago we bought a touring caravan which we have continued to travelled around the UK and France, but we haven’t flown on an aeroplane yet. We always have thought we wait till the kids were the right age to get the best out of a holiday aboard because children do not care if you spent £100 - £5000 on a holiday, they don't get the same experience out of a holiday as we do; all places blend into one to a child, a child is only interested in if it has a park or pool, not if it's in the Caribbean or if we are staying in a room with a view.
The reason we got a caravan is because we love going away but it can get expensive with a family of 4. So with the caravan we can go away more often and visit more places.
We have travelled a lot around the UK, it really is a beautiful country as the saying goes if you had the weather in England you have no need to travel abroad. We have beautiful beaches all over and mountains with amazing views. One of our favourite places is in the lake district, Ambleside, it can get very wet but we have been lucky.
Our children have waterproofs and walking boots for when we are exploring in the UK. This year my eldest walked to the top of Mount Snowdon she lived every minute. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, and has the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. She was lucky to have a lovely sunny day, so the view was amazing. My youngest does like walking but Snowdon was a little too challenging for him. Many people say they don't think their children will walk up mountains, my reply is always you will be surprised how kids will walk when they have nice things to look at. They love exploring but try get them to walk around shops and they will be saying how bored and tired they are.
We have travelled to France twice now, the first time we took a tent and second time our caravan. We loved both holidays but I did like having a bed. The things we love about camping/caravanning is the fact our children are outside playing, exploring and being able to get dirty.
Travelling to France with children sitting in a car for hours and hours doesn't seem fun but if you plan it well, the journey is ok. I pack a DVD player, tablets, pens and paper, we play the usual car games; eye spy, spot the right colour car. My trick is having plenty of snacks for the kids, when children get bored they always say they are hungry. I made my two a bag each with sweets, crisps, cereal bars, drink etc. I told them they could have them when they wanted but once they were gone there was no more. Before we knew it we had arrived at our first campsite after being in the car for 6 hours, the next day it was only another 3 hours. Once we arrived at our destination we spend two weeks doing all sorts of different activities compared to what we would do at home like high robes, zip wiring across a lake, canoeing, sea kayaking, swimming in the lake and the kids favourite the swimming the pool with water slides.
Travelling with children can be difficult at times but making memories that will last forever is worth the extra effort, whether it’s in the car, on a boat or on a plane make the most of the time with your little ones because it won’t last forever.