How does everyone seem to have holidays abroad???

(30 Posts)
Matildathebrave Tue 21-Jan-14 11:24:24

We are both working though have a big mortgage and have never been able to afford to go abroad since having kids.

Our eldest is now 13.

We have holidays every year in the UK and to be honest have always had a great time. We pay up to £700 for the week for all of us and have days at the beach, days out etc.

I've looked at going abroad but it costs thousands.

Am I the only one? Seems like it round here.

And no DH won't go camping :.(

Domus Tue 21-Jan-14 19:16:53

My boys are 10&12 and have never been abroad. I thought this was because we love the Lakes, UK beaches etc and like OP we usually spend £700ish on a SC place and have a lovely time.

Last year for a change I thought we'd go on a "cheapie" holiday in the med. When I tried to book, I really could not believe the cost. We didn't go, I really couldn't justify it to myself when I knew we could have a lovely holiday so much cheaper(although we could have scraped the money together).

tricot39 Fri 24-Jan-14 22:06:14

when i was young we holidayed in the uk. sometimes we got very lucky with the weather. other times not but there are always things to do and see. we dont really do.sun lounger type holidays.

my husband's parents used to.holiday abroad and leave him & 2 brothers at home with granny.

so up to age 20 neither of us had been abroad more than a handful of times combined!

we decided that we cant be bothered travelling overseas while we are at the buggy stage so have been on cottage hols in the uk for the last few years. i really enjoy the uk seaside and that we get nice places because our budget is not eaten up by flights.

i prefer to pay down my mortgage than have fancy stuff or holidays. having less debt has made us happier in these uncertain times and that is worth a lot.

tricot39 Fri 24-Jan-14 22:06:15

when i was young we holidayed in the uk. sometimes we got very lucky with the weather. other times not but there are always things to do and see. we dont really do.sun lounger type holidays.

my husband's parents used to.holiday abroad and leave him & 2 brothers at home with granny.

so up to age 20 neither of us had been abroad more than a handful of times combined!

we decided that we cant be bothered travelling overseas while we are at the buggy stage so have been on cottage hols in the uk for the last few years. i really enjoy the uk seaside and that we get nice places because our budget is not eaten up by flights.

i prefer to pay down my mortgage than have fancy stuff or holidays. having less debt has made us happier in these uncertain times and that is worth a lot.

mikey9 Sat 25-Jan-14 12:20:42

Wow - some people can be so unimaginative about holidays - and comments about the UK being a "Waste of Time".....b$%^locks - grow up!

Living in the Highlands we are lucky as we can travel 2 hours west and have some of the greatest beaches in the UK. In 7 years doing this - and going north to Sheltand, Orkney, Western isles, Western Highlands - sleeping in camper van, tent, and now a cheap (£900) caravan - we have got wet, blown around - but mainly the sun has shone!!

Our boys have had experiences (walking through valleys and hills for picnics - cycling, paddling in boats, climbing over rocks fishing in rock pools) and have spent endless hours on beaches with distant observation by parents from caravan/camper/tent.
Fly kites, dig canals in the beach, build castles - float boats, have camp fires from driftwood, cook marshmallows, ride bikes, explore, go swimming in the sea (take wetsuits.....).
Kids play with other kids they find - or with each other - or with us.

There is typically no-where to buy stuff and limited stuff to buy - other than quality locally produced food - so self catering mostly with a treat meal out if we find somewhere good and worth it.

Typical cost is £20 per night, for all of us - we budget £250 for a week away - but then we own our cheap accomodation (which cost less than half of the cost of typical package week away in the Med) and we both muck in to cook (as at home).

We calculated the cost last year in Oct Half term (a friend was going and I was wondering....) - and came up with £2500 all in for a week in Majorca for the 4 of us, travel to Glas/Edin, Parking, flights and accom. I am sure you can do it cheaper but I reckon paying the morgage down by £2k is more imp to us - and we can get away 4 times a year during the various hols.

Hols with kids need some imagination - and some planning for wet weather however somewhere like Shetland - leisure centres everywhere - even in the smallest settlements - pools and jacussi to yourselves - people really plesed to see you.....;-) - The Highlands have over 20 pools too -

This year - we are touring England and Wales - hopefully for a Month (this is a one off big holiday to let the kids see some of things we did as kids) - will see if such a UK holiday is a "Waste of Time" too.
Yorkshire Dales, Tour de France, York, Leeds, Duxford, London, Hastings, Southampton, Pembrokeshire, Lakes and much more. Sounds grim for us and the kids......not. ;-)
(We already dismissed a £130 day out at Legoland - swapped for a Free day at the Science museum and sights of London.)

milkybarsrus Wed 29-Jan-14 21:31:33

We are a family of 5 and have just booked a 2 week holiday in June in lanzarote for £1200 self catering, it is not a package holiday, we put it together ourselves. The flights are easy jet, with cabin luggage only, the flight times are excellent day flights. We have 2 apartments booked next door to each other. Our two older children (20 and 17) are in that and we are with our 8 year old. Apartments booked through travel republic. We will eat out every other night and sc during the day, apart from the odd beer and ice cream when out and about. We save up to go on our holidays and with my husband whose job is six days a week, it's a very important relaxing way of being together. If we were at home, I'd start giving him DIY jobs to do! We don't have a big budget to blow on a holiday, it's small, but we enjoy it very much, more so than if we went in a cottage holiday for two weeks. But each to his own.

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