Back in October we arranged a surprise trip to Dublin for a weekend for our Friends 30th Birthday, his wife organised it all and we had a great time – Kid free too.
Here is what I thought?
I have never been to Dublin but the others had but it was a city I wanted to visit. We had an early flight and surprised our friend at the airport, and he was shocked and a little confused when we walked over to him.
We arrived in the town centre around lunchtime and headed straight to find food, then the pub crawl started. There was a few places I wanted to visit whilst I was there to tick off my list.
This was one bar I really wanted to visit and we did, and I’m so glad we did, it was packed but was so worth it, there was a live band singing Irish songs and lots of people dancing. Me and Laura got shamrocks glitter tattoos on our cheeks. The atmosphere was amazing.
I’m not a cultural person but when we went to Dublin I wanted to visit the castle so on the Saturday Morning, we got up and did exactly that, the sun was shining but was chilly still. The gardens and surrounding grounds were beautiful.
I don’t like whiskey but wanted to go on a tour to the factory as my husband wanted to see it to, as he had already experienced the Guinness factory. You know what the drinks were really nice. We were gutted we couldn’t get on the tours as they were booked up.
Have you been to Dublin? I would recommend a visit if you can.
Getting the family together for a trip abroad can be a lot of fun. In our busy day-to-day lives, we often don’t get to see even our immediate family all too often. Plus, when we do, we are often reeling from the stresses of work and childcare, which doesn’t make the time spent together what most would class as ‘quality time’. Going on holiday together gets rid of this problem completely. You’ve got all the time in the world to relax, and there’s plenty of fun and exciting things to do together. But when you’ve got a big family that includes lots of children, knowing where to go can be the first of your problems. There are plenty of resorts that cater for children but aren’t so great if you don’t like being woken up at 8 every day by an entertainer. On the flip side, booking a luxury spa will only mean that you have to deal with ‘x amount’ of very bored children. Choosing somewhere that appeals to everyone can mean you end up with a family holiday to remember.
America is a perfect option if your children are quite young or if it is their first time abroad. There is the added benefit of having no language barrier, which should help them feel comfortable from the start. Of course, there is always the long-haul plane journey to deal with – which as any parent will tell you, isn’t that fun when you have kids! Plus, you will need to make sure you have all your documentation in order by visiting www.official-esta.com. Once you are there, both children and adults alike will love the hot climate and the huge amounts of entertainment. Visiting Disneyworld and Universal Studios are a must on a trip to the US with kids.
Or, to be precise, the Spanish coastline. Both the Costa Blanca and the Costa Del Sol provide perfect spots for family holidays, although perhaps ones with slightly older children. There are plenty of cultural attractions to visit, and the beach in itself can provide hours of entertainment for children. Be sure to stock up on inflatable dinghies and floats to help your children stay safe in the sea. This also gives you the perfect chance to relax with the adults and enjoy some ‘me’ time. Another advantage of this area of Spain is that food and drink are both relatively cheap, meaning your summer holiday doesn’t have to break the bank.
If you are looking for something a little more exotic, why not consider a family holiday to India? Sure, it may not be the top of everyone’s list when you think of kid-friendly holidays. But with vibrant cultural attractions, stunning scenery and great food, it will be an experience to remember. The kids will be amazed by mystical temples and the hustle and bustle of major cities like Delhi. India is a great way to introduce children to other cultures. Plus, many resorts are used to catering for British tourists, so you will still be able to have certain home comforts.
Just over a week ago we returned home from our 10 day holiday in Spain.
Every year me and my fiance go on holiday together abroad but this year was going to be different. For the last 2 years my friend and her husband come and stay with me and my fiancé from Spain. I have worked and known Cheryl for almost 10 years now and she is like a 2nd mum to me.
Nearly 2 years ago Cheryl and her husband decided they were going to move over and emigrate to Spain to enjoy their retirement life. I was very sad to see her move but also happy for her and I had always told her she was welcome anytime to stay with us, so for the last 2 years around March time she has come over back to Birmingham and stayed at ours.
This year it was our turn, they invited us over to stay at their house in Spain, so while they were staying with us in March this year we organised a time to plan and go over for our holidays. We decided on June so was cheaper and out of season. We booked our flights within about an hour of looking for the best deals around etc, we booked the flights through Monarch, I have never flown with Monarch but had heard some good reviews about them.
Eventually after waiting for what seemed like forever the date arrived, we started packing a day before as we had been so busy, Our flight was at 7.05am on Monday 20th June so we had to get up at 3.30am, we pre ordered a taxi to. We arrived at the airport around 10am, but spain are 1 hour ahead so it was 11am.
My friends picked us up from the airport, it took us around 30 minutes to get back to their house, but when we arrived it was beautiful, it’s located in a little community and was so peaceful and quiet.
There was a community swimming pool as well just a few steps up the road which was lovely, we went there a few days to keep cool.
We went out a few days which included, Torrevieja, the beach, A Market, Guardamar and La Senziar.
The first day we arrived we stayed in and just relaxed as we had such an early start we were tired, plus the England game was on. My friends made us lunch and cooked us dinner on the evening which was lovely too and we sat upstairs on the solarium eating and looking over at the sun setting.
We didn’t plan to do much as we wanted to relax but was nice to go out and see the sights and the places round Alicante, as we hadn’t been to this area before. We went out for meals on the evening to lots of different places and experienced lots of different types of food, Italian – All you can eat & drink, Chinese, Grill House, Pub like places (Hogs Head) and more, most of which were a set menu for 3 courses at great prices for around 9-11 euros each with a drink – can’t complain at that.
The temperature most days was between 27 – 30 degrees most days and the sun was always shining from early morning till late at night with a slight breeze blowing through.
The day we went to Torrevieja it was extremely hot with a breeze, we walked along the sea front and around the coast which had lots of restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours and little shops, It was lovely watching people play on the beach and in the sea all having a great time. We must have spent at least half a day walking and talking and taking in the spectacular views of the coast lines. On the walk back to the car we all stopped off to get and ice cream – tradition right, wow they had hundreds of different flavours. I chose After eight mint flavour and it was delicious, but melted super fast, and my fiance had Kinder bueno flavour.
As we carried on walking we came across some little rock pools – I loved these as a child as still do now and we had a little look to see what we could find and we came across this little guy, a crab hiding under the rocks for safety.
We then got back in the car and headed home to chill for a while before going out for dinner.
The days seemed to be going past both quickly and slowly dependant on what we did in the day.
Another day we decided to go and spend the day at the beach just the 2 of us for a change, Phil drove us to the beach as it is a bit far to walk.
We found a perfect spot, the sand was golden and soft, with no sign of litter anywhere which was great. we lay our stuff down, I read my kindle and Tom listen to music. There was a lovely sea breeze that kept passing over to keep us nice and cool. We had a spot of lunch in the beach restaurant, then we had a walk down the beach and before we knew it the time had passed and it was nearly 6pm, so I gave my friend a ring to see if she wouldn’t mind picking us back up. I really enjoyed the beach, listening to the waves slowly crash against the shore.
There was so much to see and do in spain, we just didn’t have enough time to go and see everything. Sadly we only had a couple of days left so we went to a market on another day, it was around a 45 minute drive from the house, it was absolutely packed when we arrived. we tried to find out way round in a manely order but that was just impossible. Unfortauntly after on a few hours of being there I didn’t start to feel so great, luckily we met up with my friends so decided to head home.
The last few days went passed so quickly,it’s hard to recall what we actually did other than have a fantastic time.
Then the sad day finally came where we had to pack up our things and leave the wonderful spanish sun behind and head home. Our flight wasn’t till 8pm so we did have some of the day to do something so we decided to go to the pool and just relax. It was then time to pack up properly say goodbye and head to the airport for our flight home.