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 :.(

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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 Tue 21-Jan-14 19:00:19

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.

higgle Tue 21-Jan-14 18:25:05

The last UK holiday we had was in 2002. Cornish pubs were asking £6 for a baked potato and I decided never again.

Preciousbane Tue 21-Jan-14 17:04:43

We don't live in the South East anymore.

Much cheaper Housing is the single biggest factor in to why we have a good disposable income.

noramum Tue 21-Jan-14 15:56:05

We are Germans so going to Germany is more for the benefit of DD to practise her language skills and learn about the country. We normally don't combine it with family visits, I couldn't stand it.

We also do self-catering, I think it keeps control about your spending. I am a bit of an accommodation snob, I hate bad ones and would prefer going only every two years.

We don't have any expensive hobbies, actually DD does more than DH and I together. We don't go out a lot, we don't buy lots of stuff. We also don't do any other holidays during the year, just days out with picnic.

ShoeWhore Tue 21-Jan-14 13:56:16

We manage by shopping around and doing it cheaply and prioritising holidays over a lot of other things. For example, one of our cars (we live rurally so desperately need 2 cars!) is 10 years old. We don't have Sky or get takeaways. Neither dh or I spend much on ourselves and our house is somewhat less than show home.

I also got a modest tax rebate the year before last which helped pay for that year's holiday - before that we hadn't been abroad for 4 or 5 years.

As someone else said, going outside school summer hols is much cheaper - I managed to get flights for 5 to Barcelona for less than £500 in the Easyjet sale. Could you take a holiday at Easter or one of the half terms? Or if you do go in summer hols, lots of places are a bit cheaper if you go in the last week or two.

Last year with no tax rebate to help us along we went to France as driving was so much cheaper than flying.

laughalot Tue 21-Jan-14 13:48:47

We go abroad every year, I am a travel agent and do not get loads of discount as most people think. We have a average house and have considered moving but holidays are important to us. We do take the children out of school at the minute but when my eldest goes to comp that will change. Holidays are so very expensive we have to cut back on things to afford them but we do love abroad.

dyslexicdespot Tue 21-Jan-14 13:40:39

Have you looked into booking flights and accommodation separately? Cheap off-peek flights and a rented flat with a kitchen would not cost very much.

Try:

www.airbnb.co.uk/

bakingaddict Tue 21-Jan-14 13:13:29

I never had holidays abroad when I was growing up and I don't think it's an absolute necessity the important point is that wherever you go it's the spending time together as a family be it in a tent or a 5 star resort.

I am quite thankful that I can mainly afford a holiday abroad and UK holiday each year but if I haven't saved enough to go abroad then I would postpone to the following year. I would absolutely not get into debt to go on holiday.

Needmoredisneydollars Tue 21-Jan-14 12:45:28

We're in the same situation as chocotrekkie, our house is just about big enough but have decided to stay put rather than go for something bigger like all our friends have done.
I love taking my DC away, seeing different countries. We sacrifice for it though, unless you all a lot of money you just can't afford to have it all, so we choose to budget, budget, budget and have the wonderful hols.

Needmoredisneydollars Tue 21-Jan-14 12:39:42

We have a very modest house, which everyone else thinks is too small for us, with a small mortgage. We drive a practical, cheap to run car that is 7 years old. We don't drink or smoke, shop carefully sticking to food budget for the month. Clothes are sold on eBay once outgrown, ditto any toys and we make use of hand me down clothes where we can.
We save as much as we can and have amazing holidays, we live for them but I know friends wonder how we afford them.

DirtieBertie Tue 21-Jan-14 12:39:03

Tesco vouchers for a ferry crossing. We live about an hour's drive from a ferry crossing so it is cheaper in petrol to go to Northern Europe than Scotland or the Lake District, for example.

We camp and sites cost pretty much the same anywhere. I assume it is the same with other accommodation.

LtEveDallas Tue 21-Jan-14 12:30:32

I save throughout the year so I get to go on holiday for 2 weeks. Our hols (2 adults, 1 child) cost between 3 and 4K.

Right now I'm on a good wage, so able to afford to save £300-400 per month. When I can't do that any more we will go every other year, rather than holiday in the UK or look for a cheaper version of what we do now. I think the amount we spend tends to give us exactly what we want in respect of luxury/star rating etc

I'm not a spendthrift in other areas, in fact I'm pretty boring I suppose, so that's how I can save.

MmeLindor Tue 21-Jan-14 12:26:01

We have family abroad - in fact coming to UK was our holiday away from home till a year or so ago.

When we want to go somewhere else, we hire a villa and get cheapest flights possible. Start by looking at destinations that you can fly to with Easyjet or Ryanair.

£200 -300 for flights, £600 - 700 for villa.

It doesn't cost me more to cook in Italy than it does in UK - in fact it can sometimes be cheaper. We don't go for many meals out, and make sure we either have a villa near a beach or one with a pool.

Not as cheap as holidaying at home, but not too expensive.

We don't have a holiday every year - every other at most, and then we spend ages looking around and researching. France is quite accessible - renting a villa via Owners Direct, driving yourself, economical self catering make it manageable. Pick a villa in a group if you feel you/your children might want company.

The last couple of years we have been to Spain - cheap flights at godawful o'clock from Bristol, and waiting for the villa companies to have "sales"/cheap last minute bookings. It's been worth it though, we had a fab villa last year with air con & pool reduced by 50% in July because it was available for 10 days and they wanted to fill the gap - flew at 6am and back at midnight which was grim, but was definitely worth it. We didn't spend much out there - a couple of nice meals out, and a day out, but really we just wanted to enjoy the sunshine so were more than happy by the pool.

Our two eldest are now at uni and not keen on holidaying with us so with just one child at home we may even get a holiday this year.....

PiggyPlumPie Tue 21-Jan-14 12:11:20

It cost five of us the same to go to Spain for a week last summer as it would have for five days in London.

cromwell44 Tue 21-Jan-14 12:03:06

We mostly managed France alternate years with UK holidays when the kids were younger and funds tighter. We used Tesco vouchers to buy Eurotunnel crossing then hired a gite or eurocamp type holidays mostly northern France or Vendee. No guarantee of sun though! Our UK holidays were always cottages near the coast.
We have a small mortgage and ok income now but we still struggle to buy five flights plus accommodation in August every year, so still go abroad only on alternate years.

overitalready Tue 21-Jan-14 11:54:00

Have you looked into going at other times of the year rather than summer hols?

We managed a week in the Canarys in Jan for £300 more than you paid for the uk holiday. Simply because we flew in Jan.

We don't generally.
You've probably been seeing threads about where people are going. It's selective automatically

My children have been abroad twice. Once to visit my parents which they paid for and another time to France in a static using an Inheritence which was given to us on condition we went on holiday.
Actually my youngest has been to my parents twice as I used an earlier Inheritence to take him to see my parents just after he was born

In some way I would say we were very lucky but then we wouldn't have gone if people hadnt died.

We don't go away every year even in the uk. If we do it'll often be things like camping in my brothers back garden. Maybe if you went every other year you could afford something more adventurous.

By not going every year.

UK holidays are a total waste of money, if you want to spend everyday in the pool and the sea, not watching the rain.

FunnysInLaJardin Tue 21-Jan-14 11:45:29

we are in a similar situation to you and go to France to Eurocamp every year. It can cost from about £1,000 for a week. Apart from that, no we can't afford to go abroad. It's just too expensive

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