2015 Celebratory Family Holiday

(27 Posts)
Waswondering Sat 01-Mar-14 18:31:47

Ok. Please can MN inspire me.

In 2015, dh and I both turn 40. We have 2 dc, who will, in summer 2015 be 11 and 9.

We would like to think about a holiday that is a One Off. Budget .... Well, we are public sector workers, so plan to start saving up. So nothing outlandish in the budget, but bear in mind we are starting to plan now.

Wondered about Disney Florida. What is a realistic 2 week budget. Or AI somewhere?

Where would you go? Inspire us!

Nb we are Eurocamping this year so want to consider wider options ....

Waswondering Sat 01-Mar-14 18:34:50

Also, Scottish school hold, so plan to go early July.

Have previously been bold .... Cuba, North Canada .....

Electryone Sat 01-Mar-14 19:46:15

I would do our dream trip which we finally did last year, a California road trip from San Francisco down the Pacific coast Highway to LA and Laguna Beach. Our boys were 11 and 5 and loved it to, we saw a lot of movie related things that were in my 11 year olds favourite films eg Back to the Future. Scenery stunning to!

Waswondering Sat 01-Mar-14 19:53:55

Thanks for replying. I fear our budget and ideas may be at odds. Would you mind giving me a ball park figure for that kind of trip?

Thank you, and would love to hear how your kids enjoyed that.

LiveInABox Sat 01-Mar-14 21:45:17

For kids that age - safari no contest! Incredible once in a lifetime experience they will remember forever. South Africa is easily accessible and could combine a few days safari with Cape Town/coast/winelands. Amazing!

ChestyNut Sun 02-Mar-14 15:47:33

Definitely florida and the parks grin

It's amazing and worth every penny.

I ve just booked for 2015, will be eating smart price noodles until then to save. grin

Electryone Sun 02-Mar-14 16:04:20

Yep it was expensive but we had saved for ages and its back to France for us this year! We went first 2 weeks in September, flew from Glasgow, had 2 nights in New York first and then 14 in California. We had a San Francisco pass in the price to that included open top bus tour for 3 days and an Alcatraz trip, a days small car hire (so we could drive up to Bodega Bay where Hitchcocks The Birds was filmed) and then 10 days car hire of the main car that we used for the remainder of the trip - starting with 4 nights in SF, 1 in Monterey, 1 in Santa Barbara, 4 nights in Hollywood and finally 4 nights in Laguna Beach at a hotel with a view right out onto Pacific ocean - it was sheer bliss! Right, for that little lot...well it was just slightly over £6000 for me, DH and our 2...worth every penny though!!

My friend did a fortnight in Florida and was roughly the same.

Electryone Sun 02-Mar-14 16:05:09

Chesty, we are saving for Florida 2016 already!

ChestyNut Sun 02-Mar-14 16:08:37

It really was a fabulous holiday, better than I expected.

I'm saving every penny and already thinking bout when we can go next after 2015!

Have you been before electryone?

Waswondering Sun 02-Mar-14 16:39:33

Looking at Florida but the thread further down about "how much did you Florida hol cost" is sobering reading when compare to budget.

Waswondering Sun 02-Mar-14 16:40:18

Thanks for sharing Electry ...

Creamycoolerwithcream Mon 03-Mar-14 12:33:37

Would you consider a cruise? Your DC would be a really good age.

givemeaclue Mon 03-Mar-14 14:30:33

What is your budget op? Do you know how much you are going to save between now and the holiday as that is going to be crucial in terms of suggestions people make to you

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 20:00:21

We were looking at cruises and wondered about them.

jolufc Mon 03-Mar-14 20:19:52

Can highly recommend disney cruises.

Creamycoolerwithcream Mon 03-Mar-14 20:35:19

Me too!

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 20:52:53

I was looking at a Royal Caribbean cruise in the med. not 100% sold on the idea ... Up for being convinced.

How do the cabins work if you are 2 adults and 2 dc? I can't figure out the beds. Would the dc have to share a double bed (they would hate that!).

Also what are the kids clubs like for an 11yo boy?

Thanks.

(Ps budget ... Still not sure but def not as high as Electry ... Really appreciated you sharing that. Remember too we are in Scotland, and would depart first weekend of July, which impacts on prices too ...)

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 20:53:41

I was looking at a Royal Caribbean cruise in the med. not 100% sold on the idea ... Up for being convinced.

How do the cabins work if you are 2 adults and 2 dc? I can't figure out the beds. Would the dc have to share a double bed (they would hate that!).

Also what are the kids clubs like for an 11yo boy?

Thanks.

(Ps budget ... Still not sure but def not as high as Electry ... Really appreciated you sharing that. Remember too we are in Scotland, and would depart first weekend of July, which impacts on prices too ...)

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 20:54:14

I was looking at a Royal Caribbean cruise in the med. not 100% sold on the idea ... Up for being convinced.

How do the cabins work if you are 2 adults and 2 dc? I can't figure out the beds. Would the dc have to share a double bed (they would hate that!)?

Also what are the kids clubs like for an 11yo boy?

Thanks.

(Ps budget ... Still not sure but def not as high as Electry ... Really appreciated you sharing that. Remember too we are in Scotland, and would depart first weekend of July, which impacts on prices too ...)

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 20:56:42

I was looking at a Royal Caribbean cruise in the med. not 100% sold on the idea ... Up for being convinced.

How do the cabins work if you are 2 adults and 2 dc? I can't figure out the beds. Would the dc have to share a double bed (they would hate that!)?

Also what are the kids clubs like for an 11yo boy?

Thanks.

(Ps budget ... Still not sure but def not as high as Electry ... Really appreciated you sharing that. Remember too we are in Scotland, and would depart first weekend of July, which impacts on prices too ...)

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 20:57:20

I was looking at a Royal Caribbean cruise in the med. not 100% sold on the idea ... Up for being convinced.

How do the cabins work if you are 2 adults and 2 dc? I can't figure out the beds. Would the dc have to share a double bed (they would hate that!)?

Also what are the kids clubs like for an 11yo boy?

Thanks.

(Ps budget ... Still not sure but def not as high as Electry ... Really appreciated you sharing that. Remember too we are in Scotland, and would depart first weekend of July, which impacts on prices too ...)

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 21:00:57

I was looking at a Royal Caribbean cruise in the med. not 100% sold on the idea ... Up for being convinced.

How do the cabins work if you are 2 adults and 2 dc? I can't figure out the beds. Would the dc have to share a double bed (they would hate that!)?

Also what are the kids clubs like for an 11yo boy?

Thanks.

(Ps budget ... Still not sure but def not as high as Electry ... Really appreciated you sharing that. Remember too we are in Scotland, and would depart first weekend of July, which impacts on prices too ...)

Creamycoolerwithcream Mon 03-Mar-14 21:13:08

Blimey!
We book 2 interconnecting cabins, double bed in one, 2 singles in the other. Loads and loads to do on board, good if you like sightseeing, not so good if you like big swimming pools and beach based holidays. Amazing food, service and luxury. Brilliant for the age of your DC. Royal Caribbean are very good, i have been on independence of the seas and grandeur of the seas. Every day is different. Room service is included and DC love having breakfast in bed. Evenings are really good, 3 course meal, show, casino, cocktails, comedians etc. Day time things like sunbathing, quizzes, eating, jacuzzi, cooking demonstrations, cinema, rock climbing, ice skating on bigger ships.

Waswondering Mon 03-Mar-14 21:44:12

Crikey! My apologies. It told me the connection was lost to mn .... Clearly not!

Electryone Mon 03-Mar-14 22:13:46

Hope you find something waswondering, it was not a usual holiday for us as you can see! Thats why its back to driving to France for us, from Ayrshire! But we love it, hire our own villa with pool, driving is part of the fun!

chesty nope never been, in fact California was our first time out of Europe! Friends are going and suggested we come to and hire a villa next door to them, sounds a good idea. It has now developed into us wanting to renew our vows on a beach there .

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