As the nights draw in I can’t help my mind wandering off to thoughts of summer holidays. I know it was only summer yesterday but I love a holiday, who doesn’t? With the way English summer goes, it’s about our only guaranteed chance of some warm sun hitting our skin during August and I do so like to have that to look forward to when I am sitting wrapped in a blanket on a cold, soggy campsite in Dorset.
This week we’ve come to the tough decision to not go abroad next year and this makes me sad.
I really enjoy holidays – including all the planning – and my children get super excited about going, packing their bags themselves etc It’s something we all look forward to as a family. I enjoy the heat, the food, the culture – they enjoy getting in the sea or pool.
However things have changed.
When did holidays get SO expensive? I’ve blinked and they’ve increased by about £3k!
Last summer we went to Italy. I love Italy. It’s still your best chance I think of reasonable flights, good food and culture however Northern Italy, which is our choice destination, is not really a pool holiday type of place – and if they have them, they come at a premium. After a few years of hectic holidays, we’re all craving a total relaxation break but alas it appears not to be.
Now, I know we have to pay a premium to go in the school holidays and as a parent of two school age children, I’ve always accepted that but your average 2 week holiday in Spain, self-catering, is about £3k now. That’s outrageous. And I’m sorry, but I am just not paying that for two of us to sleep on a sofa bed, sitting around a pool with only British people to talk to (where you will have had to leg it at 6am to even get a hope of a sun lounger…forget about a brolly!) eating overpriced egg and chips and watered down beer.
Who is paying that? Honestly? Clearly lots of people are but I’ve got to the point now where I’d just rather not go on holiday than waste that much cash.
We’ve made the decision to not be tempted into a Brits abroad holiday and save our money for a better holiday, so in 2016 we will skip the holiday and save for a trip to America or Canada in 2017. I costed up two weeks all-inclusive at a good 4* resort in Spain and it came back about £1k cheaper than two weeks at Disneyworld Florida with meals and park tickets – I know what I’d rather do?! We’d book for 2016 but again, flight prices are so ridiculously extortionate that we’ll save for a year – I won’t put holidays on credit cards.
I’m sorry for the rant, but is it just me? How is everyone affording these holidays? We’re not poor by any means but it just seems like such a criminal rip-off and waste of money. So this year will stay at home and I don’t mind that really, I love England, there’s nowhere like it in the sunshine but you know, the only thing we’re guaranteed is that it will rain 6 days out of 7, which is slightly depressing.
Would love to know your thoughts and what your holiday plans for 2016 are – inspire me!
PS Can someone please remind me of this rant when I am bemoaning the English weather and whinging about going camping yet again next year?