As we got out our new calendars for 2013, something weird happened. Did you notice? I’m almost scared to write it for fear of jinxing things, but the weather improved! Overnight. Suddenly it was drier and milder.
2012 was a great year. The Olympics. The Paralympics. The Diamond Jubilee. But something let it down in a big way. The weather. It started raining in the middle of April and it didn’t really stop. All flipping year.
If my memory serves me correctly, we had about four weeks of summer. We had a week at the end of MARCH, a week at the end of May, a week in July and a week at the start of September. As it happens, those few days of decent weather worked out well for us. It was hot and sunny the day the Olympic torch came to town which my younger son described at the time as the best day ever. It was hot and sunny the entire week of our canal boat holiday (I had been dreading a wet week stood outside getting drenched with no space to dry soaking clothes) and it was beautiful and hot for our trip to the Paralympics
So with the marked improvement in the weather and the hope a new year always brings, our thoughts turn to holidays. My husband works ridiculously long hours all year round, so our holidays are really important to us. They’re the only time we can relax and unwind and spend some quality time together as a family. So we like to take two a year. Three if we can. Only a week at a time, maybe even five days.
We’re creatures of habit and pretty unadventurous. We go to Psdstow every year and Center Parcs about two years out of three. We like Disneyland Paris.
Where will we go this year? Will 2013 be the year we take the plunge and finally go abroad?
One holiday is already booked. Padstow is an essential annual event. It’s our favourite place in the world. We’ve been every year since 2001 and we don’t intend to stop now! Even better, we’ve booked the best holiday house in the world
My eldest and I loved our trip on the canal boat last summer and want to do it again. But the rest of the family don’t agree. It was hard work for my husband, who was the only person capable of keeping the boat in a straight line and also did the majority of the work indoors as well. The younger two kids got a bit bored and spent a lot of time colouring, reading and playing on DS. So maybe just me and my eldest should go? To be honest we couldn’t get it off the mooring without my husband, so that one is out.
Last year my daughter, who practically has a phobia of abroad thanks to bad experiences in Italy, (read about those here and here) surprised us all by announcing she wanted to go to Barcelona. Wanting to strike while the iron was hot, we got all excited and started planning our trip to Barcelona I booked October half-term off work in readiness, but then we didn’t get round to booking. A couple of minor disasters on the canal boat involving a lot of mud and falling in the canal meant my husband decided he couldn’t trust us not to do something really stupid in Barcelona, so that didn’t happen. Will this year be the year he trusts us sufficiently and we get to go? Fingers crossed.
I didn’t waste the leave we’d booked in October. We went to Center Parcs instead and thoroughly enjoyed it. Say what you like about a holiday, there is something quite special about one you can get to in well under two hours! You don’t need to travel forever to have a nice break.
So having been to Center Parcs so recently, I think that one is off the list for this year.
We’ve been to Disneyland Paris a fair few times, but still love it. We last went in October 2011, so I reckon we will be about due to go again in October half-term this year. If so, we will need to think about booking that fairly soon to be sure to get a big enough bedroom for the five of us.
My husband is a bit obsessed with the idea of skiing, but we’ve never been. Yet. I can see the attraction, as I love fresh air and exercise. I’m sure I’d love the scenery too. I’m just a bit worried aobut us breaking limbs, because we are a little bit accident-prone. That’s not going to happen this year, but I think it’s likely to happen in the next year or two.
Right now, I’m just enjoying thinking about holidays, wondering where we could go and when. I’m sure we will get something booked soon, but even speculating is a good way to get me through January.
Have you got any holidays booked yet? Where would you like to go?