What are your little holiday "traditions"?(193 Posts)
Those little things you do that wouldn't really excite anyone else but you make you happy and enhance your holiday? I like going to a supermarket as soon as possible after arrival and buying shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and body lotion in a scents or brands not available in the U.K. Then we use it all holiday and if I like it I buy some more to take home and then whenever I use it it takes me back to being on that holiday 😊
I forgot! Dh is in charge of a holiday playlist for in the car on the way to and from the airport. He takes this job very seriously
The kids have coco pops for breakfast, and a carton of ice tea and a bag of crisps every night for the disco.
We also have an ice cream a day.
I also love the holiday box idea!
We send the dog a postcard from wherever we are (obviously not if he's with us too, that would be stupid).
DP is a very keen cook, so he always wants to hit the local supermarkets and food markets at the first opportunity. When the olane lands, he can’t wait. He would spend all day every day wandering round buying stuff if I let him.
Mine are boring. I live in the US, so if we're flaying domestic, DH and I will get coffee and bagels to eat at the airport/on the plane.
Flying internationally - we have one of those lounge access credit cards - plus DH is Delta platinum, so we always have an absolute blowout in the airport lounge before getting on the plane.
If we're flying back from the UK, I always buy one of those giant bars of Dairy Milk from Duty free, and then ration it for weeks after we get back.
Beers at the airport as soon as we’re checked in (and regardless of time)
Love visiting supermarkets abroad and always bring some herbs and spices back
We go out for a huge ice cream sundae at least once as a treat.
We’ve only done England holidays since having kids. Dd always gets ‘holiday milk’ on the way to the caravan site. It’s a carton of really sugary strawberry or chocolate milk to keep her awake on the drive there. She looks forward to it as the start of her holiday!!
I must always know exactly what the next meal is. Also as soon as we arrive anywhere we must have chips.
We all send postcards to ourselves that mention our highlights of the holiday, these are kept in a photo album. Kids usually dictated a line or 2 and/or draw a picture when too young to write
Like others, we have a meal out the night before/on day of the flight to save on the washing up.
Get to the airport, buy crappy mags (if flying home from the UK) then head to the airport lounge where DH has a whisky and I have a glass of Champagne
I then proceed to steal all the kettle chips before boarding at the very last moment. As a child we were never allowed to eat food at the airport as it always cost so much, so now, if we don't have lounge access, DH always suggests eating at one of the airside restaurants and it gives me such a thrill! Silly I know..
At the airport on the way back, we also buy a brick of Fortnums cheddar cheese which we eek out over several weeks at home.
Arriving at our holiday destination, DH will always have a beer from the mini bar in the hotel bedroom. Decadence!
For many years I took my elderly dad to Norfolk for a week. Always to the same beautiful cottage where the owners leave an amazing welcome pack, including a bottle of champagne. First evenings supper was always fish and chips from the brilliant village takeaway washed down with champagne. Dad would warm the plates and do bread and butter while I ran across to get the food. It was our favourite start to the holiday.
If we go self catering in UK either the mini boxes of junk cereal used to come with us or a big box of junk cereal was chosen...as we didn't ever have sugary junk cereal at home. In fact mine are older now and some have left home but they'd still want it!
If abroad and there is a Carrefour I have to visit it. We do local shops too but it's not a holiday without a Carrefour visi..the cheeses the size of your head and the meats all hung above the counters (my
children gagging at the sight of a whole pig!)
When I was little my dad always did the "sun dance" with us on the beach to encourage the sun the come out. Us kids had to copy him and join in cavorting and chanting around the magic symbol and it had to be done on the first day on the beach,and if it didn't work we obviously hadn't done it properly. (can't you tell we didn't go abroad?!)
Holidays at our caravan always start with a chippy tea on the first night. Even if we've got there in plenty of time to cook.
Holidays abroad are me ironing and packing in front of a Marvel film, followed by a Chinese dinner. Wherever it is we are going it doesn't become a holiday until I've had my first Mojito and said "NOW I'm on holiday".
Newish 'tradition', but if we're heading for U.K. seaside I have to play 'La Mer' in the car. I love it.
If flying then I'll grab a few drinks before the flight as I don't like flying. Had to go long haul once for business and I had two Bloody Mary's before getting on the plane. Wasn't nervous at all after those
I watch an episode of blue bloods whilst packing. I have no idea why.
I love Blue Bloods. Glad to see I am not the only one.
We go to the same place twice a year.
We always have lunch at a particular restaurant as soon as we arrive. This year we had to adjust that slightly as we had dog with us but it was owned by the same guy.
We take a family picture on the last day in exactly the same spot. DSs are now 10 and 12 and we have pictures going back to their very first holidays there at 6 months
Love these traditions!!
We always buy a new fridge magnet (even if same place)
I take kids cereal variety packs in suitcase.
We go for tea out the day before we go away.
Clean bedding/house/ironing done so not added to the huge lot built up from holiday clothes!
Go for breakfast at the airport & then buy meal deal/snacks from Boots to take on the plane for the kids.
We used to stop halfway to the ferry port for a full English breakfast at a Little Chef. Loved it and really forward to it.
Then on the boat we'd go to the self-service restaurant for something light such as smoked salmon salad.
On reaching France we'd go into the first little cafe we could find for a coffee and a croissant.
It sounds as though we were obsessed with food but we did a lot of cycling and walking too.
AlexaAmbidextra that's one of the loveliest posts I have read on here.
I'm enjoying this thread very much. So many food-related traditions
For the past 3 years visiting the same place DS his to pass the field of donkeys and feed them grass through the fence. They're in first name terms now!
Kids make Spotify playlists (used to be cds) with suggestions from the whole family. It always includes dd1's pick (not quite sure why she got to doing this) for "Song Of The Summer" - last year in Spain it was George Ezra "Shotgun" and I can't hear it without thinking of our holiday.
We have one album we play at full blast in the car on the way to any holiday or airport. It's an album dh and I used to listen to in the car as teens and it became our road trip cd! The kids love it, I'm sure. Either that or we can't hear them moaning!
And a boots meal dealing for the flight!
order which I instituted is that before leaving the house to go away for a night or more, the car and/or cases have been packed, we have said goodbye to the cats, everything switched off and ready, is that we must all sit quietly for five minutes before leaving the house.
This allows everyone to gather their thoughts, and for the nervous "did we pack this, did we pack that? I need the toilet!" to come through. Any such things are to be said then, not two minutes after we have left, as someone nearly always does otherwise! When there's one minute to go, I usually say "if anybody wants to check anything, speak now, or for ever hold your peace".
A childhood one: I was fascinated by the eye masks sold at airports (we never went on any flights long enough to need them), and I begged and pleaded to have one. I'd then wear it if I wanted some time by myself: I used to find holidays stressful with the constant need to be "doing" something, or talking to people. It then became a traditional thing for me to take on holiday. Nobody was allowed to prank me while I was wearing it!
Not as exciting as others but we take pass the pigs to play, small easy to fit in ds's bag and easy to play.
I also buy the variety packs of cereal when we are away self catering and but some lovely local cheese for lunches.
Ice cream in Tenby is a bit of a tradition too, dp usually get a sundae as big as his face.
Find a catholic church, it has to be the 'right' one, and light candles in memory of my parents and sister.
We somehow always manage to find either an all-year round Christmas shop or a shop selling wood carved ornaments. So each .Christmas we get the box out and recall where we bought what ornament and talk about the trips.
I love the holiday box idea, we drive this year so I think I will start one now. By August it should be nice and filled.
We always buy some sweets unknown in the UK and if we like them we bring a package back. I then put it aside for a couple of weeks and get it out during a movie night or rainy afternoon.
When our kids were small we mostly camped abroad.
We’d do a library run a few days before for books and audible books for the car journey. We’d buy a box of mixed cereals (love how other people also do this) and really good instant hot chocolate. DH normally sorted the CDs pre iPod days. The kids ended up by the end of the holiday being really into stuff like Trojan label ska or early Bob Dylan.
On our holiday we always stocked up on local delicacies for the return. We also made a point of buying nice but practical items for the home as souvenirs; so I have plant pots from Brittany, kitchen utensils from Florence and hand towels from Biarritz, which I think is a nice way to spark memories. Also DD2 is a really good artist and always did a few little watercolours of our holidays.
Made a point of having a full Tesco delivery for the day after our return, full of things we would have missed while we were on holiday.
Ooh, forgot the Lunchables for the car journey, kids not normally allowed that sort of junk.
When my boys were little we used to go self-catering in either Norfolk, Cornwall or France and would drive there.
I used to make them Activity Boxes - A lidded plastic toy-box type thing - they contained things like a lego model to build, a new DS game each (this was in the time of Nintendo DSs), a DVD, Play Doh, sweets, colouring pens, a small game, a new teddy, cards, glow sticks etc.
The boxes were always hidden under stuff in the car boot and when we arrived we would take stuff into the house / chalet and secretly put the boxes on their beds for them to find.
It was always the most exciting part of their holiday and we all still talk about them now. They remember every single one of them. <sigh> How I most those sweet, innocent days.
Normally get a mcDonalds on the way to the airport (Gatwick got rid of their mcDonalds a few years ago).
Fridge magnets and tea towels as souvenirs.
I take a 'treat bag' full of smallish toys and sweets (glow sticks, push pops, etc) for the children (often cheaper buying abroad) and give them a gift most days.
I always buy myself something to remind myself of the holiday which I wear on subsequent holidays eg a hair clip, a cheap bracelet, beach bag.
We never ever cook when on holiday that is one of our rules!
Children alway buy a keyring
Love going to the supermarket to browse
The five minute rule is such a fantastic idea because those thoughts of ‘did I pack X’ and ‘did I switch off Y’ can easily spoil the journey!
I have an online packing list for every type of holiday. Print and pack I never forget anything. We do go away most months so organisation really helps.
A delivery from Iceland (other supermarkets need a UK credit card) with stuff like black pudding, Kraft lunchables, Aunt Bessie.
Unless things have changed in the last year, Waitrose and Ocado take my American credit cards. I’ve also ordered online from Sainsbury’s with those cards as well about 4 years ago. Give it a try again.
Budget for an Ikea blue bag of washing (or sometimes two) to go to the launderette for a service wash the day after we get home.
Means there is no post-holiday washing mountain to contend with. Everything is just bagged up, sent to the launderette and comes back clean and folded ready to put away. Bliss <sad emoticon>
I love these! We've started making holiday scrapbooks with photos, ferry tickets, postcards etc and a note of what we did each day.
DH's family did this when he was little and he still has them. They are lovely to look back on.
I've adopted the holiday box idea - we're going away at May half term so that gives plenty of time to have a great box.
That’s so lovely, what a wonderful memory for them. I hope my children look back at our holidays and remember them as fondly.
Everyone says it ( kids growing up) all flies by so quickly, it really seems to doesn’t it..
When I was a child (1960's) and we went away, if it was a long journey, usually on a coach or train, my parents would wrap up small treats - some sweets, puzzle, I spy book, crayons & colouring book etc and I would be given them throughout the journey to unwrap to pass the time.
All these years later, I can still remember the excitement and anticipation of what was in each small package. Lovely memories.
* that's one of the loveliest posts I have read on here.*
elQuinto. Thank you. You have probably noticed that it was written in the past tense. He absolutely loved his trips to Norfolk and looked forward to them all year. He died last May aged 94, the day before we were due to travel. I went by myself and although sad, felt very close to him. It will always be a very special memory for me. Oh God, I’m crying now. 😢😂
Our holiday tradition is a little box of trinkets. If we are holidaying in Britain we always stop at a service station to buy something to eat. When we go camping this summer I want to visit the beach and coffee shops.
We sleep in the car or make small talk to pass the time. Prayers help too.
Something my mum taught me- I always buy a 'useful' souvenir. She started it in Switzerland, where she bought a milk bottle carrier that could fit 6 bottles-we are 6 siblings and had milk delivered every day, and UK ones at the time only held 4. I got an aluminium ruler, totally unlike any you could buy here, and used it every day at school.
So now I buy mugs, or tea towels, or other household paraphernalia that is useful and unique to where I visit.
I also love visiting foreign supermarkets and peering at the 'strange' things they have for sale there
House has to be lovely & clean before we leave.
Let friends/fam know you're away and apart from text to close fam, ABSOLUTELY no social media/emails etc.
Holiday's close to the sea ( UK & abroad )
UK - stop half way for lunch - always have/or purchase on the way; mini cereal pack, magazines, treats & alcohol.
Abroad - 1 little treat at duty free, food, then shallow breaths & panic, checking boarding every few minutes until sitting on the plane!
Unpack quickly and go and explore.
Have tripadvisor prints for; " best places to eat/drink/see /visit etc"
&FuckitFriday - forgot that we also do a boots meal deal. 3 out the 4 of us have a Mexican chicken wrap. The rebellious 4th one has something different each time. It’s such a good deal
I'm a little sad that I don't have that "holiday" feeling anymore as I live abroad and travel so I no longer have that lovely "packing for 2 weeks in Lindos and getting to Gatwick at stupid o'clock in the morning" feeling anymore.
That being said, every time I see the BA flight waiting to take me back to LHR, I get through security and "start" my holiday with a glass of wine.
And thinking back on previous visits, the general ritual my parents and I have is that they'll get me a costa coffee when I let them know I"ve landed so when I get through arrivals, it's waiting for me. And then when we get back home, they'll have a Gregg's Steak Bake waiting for me too, with a mug of yorkshire tea. Proper English rituals
Flying back with my two boys for Easter, leaving DH here, so I'm looking forward to doing the same again!
I like going to the local supermarket and buying unknown brands. I often go on holiday to Greece and like to look out for some Loux sour cherry drink, which I really like, and some Lays or Ruffles crisps. I also like to have a frappe on my first afternoon there, followed by a glass or two of wine. I like to buy a little naff souvenir too, last year I got a pen at the airport with a Greek flag that popped out. I often buy useful things that catch my eye, got some little knives in a Greek supermarket that are really handy for peeling veg.
I'm holidaying in the UK this year so will be looking for some nice local produce/tacky UK souvenir. Will be stopping at a motorway service station too, for an over priced coffee and some sweets.
I like to clean the house before I go, so it's clean and tidy when I get back. The cat goes in a cattery so I make his litter tray up, ready for when he is home again.
I like to buy magazines like Take a Breaks fiction feast or a word search/puzzler. Only ever buy these mags when going on holiday.
I used to fetch a pebble, small rock or seashell for my grandma and grandad when I went abroad. I didn't have many holidays anroad until about 7 years ago, but when I did go (in my 30's!) it reminded me of when I was little and finding my "prizes" on the beach.
I remember clearing their house out after they had both died and they still had the pebbles on a special shelf in the living room.
That makes me sad but also happy at the same time. Yes, I did keep them!
I should hope things have moved with the times and I might give Ocado a try but that would be (gasp) breaking with tradition!
Lost in the mysteries of time as to why, but all UK holidays have to be accompanied by having an ELO's greatest hits album on the car CD. We've worn at least three out, thankfully they're usually easy to find in charity shops.
This is a lovely thread.
We do this too-
*We always book into an airport hotel that offers parking for the duration of our holiday for the night before our flight.
That way we can take our time getting there. It doesn't matter if there's a traffic hold up etc, because we're not rushing to get the flight. Once we've checked in and parked the car, we go to the bar and relax. We have an evening meal in the hotel with a bottle of wine. As soon as we've checked in to the airport hotel our holiday has started as far as we're concerned, even though we haven't left the ground yet.*
And also the Christmas ornament thing.
Love the five minute rule, will have to adopt that one!
If flying I always buy a bottle of perfume at the airport, and a huge bag of haribo peaches (you can't seem to get them anywhere else!)
When I was a kid we always got a fridge magnet, no matter where we went. My DM's fridge had no space left and she ended up keeping them in a box. It was one of my favourite things to go through when she died, so many memories
If driving in the UK as we pass Weatherby services, we have to stop for food and a wee! It's DH's rule. On hungover journeys it will be for a Burger King (we never eat them other than this) or it can just be for some sweets and a drink.
If going on a train, DH always gets a large coffee and I always get a hot chocolate (no matter what the weather) as we head off.
We buy a fridge magnet and a tea towel from each destination. The magnets go on a big old fridge in our utility room.
Recently we've started buying the weirdest bottle of local alcohol we can find. Our friends do the same and we occasionally have a rather odd cocktail party.
We always say a prayer when we get in the car to go, and we say one on the way back too.
If we're going South we always stop for a break at the service station after Birmingham.
We try a different flavour of ice cream each time we go to the beach.
And books. Lots of books!
Such a lovely thread!
I have a holiday drawer at home which has got suncream, mini toiletries etc
I also have a stack of books which I save for holiday so when I find a new one I like I put it into my holiday book pile so it's all ready for when we go!
And this is very specific to the holiday destination we go to (we go to the Middle East a lot as DH works there) but we always buy a can of Strawberry Fanta as our first drink.
I like to buy a Christmas tree ornament too. And the kids are allowed a variety pack of shit cereal and a giant jar of Nutella.
Always play Cliff Richard - Summer Holiday in the car on the way
Loving this thread - totally stealing some of these traditions! It’s inspited me to start a new one asking where everyone is going on holiday! Need a bit of holiday chat in Feb!
Our traditions include:
- little cereal multipacks
- breakfast en route
- ridiculously enormous amount of food for gannets in the back of the car on long journeys
- DC allowed to spend pocket money on some souvenir tat they love
- singing “we’re all going on a summer holiday” as we pull out of the driveway
- me and DH getting very tense with each other during the packing process and house being left like a bomb site but with fridge emptied and bins taken out.
Can’t wait for 2019 hols!!
Oh and as a kid we always went to France so Orangina was our holiday drink of choice paired with a Petit Prince chocolate biscuit. Can’t have it in the UK - it’s wrong.
We've been going to the same place for the last few years so we always stop at Tidworth Tesco to get in a few basic supplies, usually beer/gin/bacon and a few treats as we eat out on the first night.
First day we go to the nearest town as there is a Farmers Market with lots of nice goodies and do a main shop.
We recently had an overnight stay and did breakfast out which we hadn't done before so will be doing that again for sure
If flying - gin and tonic, Pringles and a Peperami on the plane! It is a scientific fact that all three taste better in the air.
Orangina was our holiday drink of choice paired with a Petit Prince chocolate biscuit. Can’t have it in the UK - it’s wrong. YES! I feel all warm and happy and holiday-ish just thinking about that!
We have a little caravan we tow and we NEVER go camping eithout Bacon Grill!!!
Love the holiday box idea! I'm going to do this.
These days there are just the two of us, and we always have a new book each, and DH always has a new puzzle book.
When the we took the kids camping, they always had 2 new comics each and some treats for the car.
We always have a Chinese the night before.
Always go to an ice-cream parlour type place for pudding of an evening.
Light a candle in a church for missed loved ones.
I always have a gin and bitter lemon on the flight too (even at 10am 😳).
Oh and yes to the Christmas tree ornament where possible (got some lovely glass Christmas trees in a wee shop in St Ives last September).
New suduko book each holiday. We also have our annual crib championship - have a 3 way board especially, don't seem to play it any other time.
Always get there early (wherever) so quick trip to nearest beach for a
dip paddle (have a bag with cossies/towels/talc seperately on top of packing) before check in - normally with walking distance if caravans/chalets - do this on way home as well, check out at 10, straight to beach, last swim, lunch in beach cafe then home.
Seem to have a fry up every day with naice bacon, sausages and mushrooms. This year DH and I had a swim in the sea before DH cooked breakfast - gave moany teenage DS time to wake up first.
Used to always get a souvenir bookmark wherever i went but you can't seem to get them anymore
Oh yes, breakfast en route. Coming from East Anglia to the West Country I try to hold out until Swindon but sometimes have to give in at Reading. Although I have to say, it’s usually my bladder that governs this decision rather than my empty stomach. 😄
I'm so pleased to see we're not the only ones who buy a Christmas tree decoration whenever we go away. Don't tend to go abroad these says, but have somehow managed to find something for our tree every year for the past 40 years, even the years when we couldn't afford more than a day out here and there. It's so lovely, unpacking them every year and reliving the memories from the places we bought them.
This is such a lovely thread. My grown up DD always says holidays were the best times of her childhood, better than Christmas or birthdays. And we didn’t have much when they were small; camped and picnicked, walked and played on the beach.
Where do you buy your holiday tree decorations if going in summer? I want to start this tradition. Or do you buy anything which can be hung?
You find them in the gift shop of any National Trust castle, slate museum, wildfowl centre, steam railway .... alongside the fudge and the mood rings
I’m so doing that in summer thank you. Such a lovely thread
I have a box full of fridge magnets I have to buy one for each city or country I visit. I love looking at them and remembering lovely times
I'm going to sound like a right saddo but here goes...OH bought me a toy monkey almost 20 years ago when we first met. He always comes on holiday with us and it's tradition to get a photo of Chatters with the local lager
I usually buy a pen, or a mug. Still using my Tattershall Castle pen and my Mani mug, complete with Greek flag. Also got a fridge magnet and a mini flag with the Mani motto "victory or death!"
Plus, my felt slippers from Crete, with a griffin stitched on the top, naff but toasty.
I like a prev posters idea of buying the most bizarre looking bottle of local booze, great idea!
I wear Boucheron perfume every Christmas, and Lush Cinders fragrance every Halloween.
Although I like to get an actual Christmas decoration, as long as I like it, I will buy anything that I can hang on my tree. Last year I got some beautiful decorations from the Kaethe Wolfhart shop in York. here . I prefer to buy something that is either special to the place or has another significance for some reason.
I hope you have as much fun with it as we have over the years.
I almost always buy an item of jewellery on holiday, or sometimes DH has bought something I like for my birthday or Christmas. I suppose that is a tradition! DH and I try to have a special meal on each holiday too.
When I was younger we owned a caravan in Great Yarmouth, I would always be the ones in charge of getting the shopping from the local spar, I loved it, they knew me well. Also me and my brother were somewhat celebs at one of the arcades. My Nan was always playing the bingo and we were always on the 2p machines and all the regular holidaymakers knew us . We literally filled our caravan up with
The essentials from the bingo and arcade wins.
Now we go to butlins Skegness every year, except this year we are going to Disneyland. But the kids are into the arcades and despite living in a seaside town we rarely get to the arcades so it’s a nice treat whilst away.
Love the holiday scrap book Idea.
We also buy fridge magnets... and I've started to write postcards to the children whilst we are there. Maybe I could add them to a scrap book
I buy several magazines such as Heat, Ok etc, never read them any other times.
Buy a puzzle book that has word searches, arrow words and suduko etc DH and I pass it to each other whilst relaxing on a sun lounger.
But treats for the room, chocolates, crisps, jelly sweets etc. with a young DS in bed by 8pm we are then room bound so eat treats and watch downloaded films.
Pack tea and coffee that I love, need a flavour I am used to.
I also have eggnog (which is liquid happiness! ) only twice a year. One at Thanksgiving and the other at Christmas. It is so delicious, but so bad for you! I'm kinda glad that it is not available all year round. It would bet so hard to resist!
We fly every year because we go to where my DH is from. We always have a fry up breakfast at the airport, then buy perfume and gifts of alcohol from duty free for DH's friends and family- stuff only available in the UK, like nice whisky. On arrival, the tradition is; no beer or wine until suitcases are unpacked- it speeds it up! When we are there, we'll try and book a spa day (we leave kids with DFIL for the day to improve their language skills).
Lots and lots of nog, Lardlizard . It's a finite resource, like helium, I'm surprised more MNers aren't up in arms about it being consumed with wild abandon!
* Totally no idea.
** Love your username!
Lardlizard, Here ya go! It is the best drink ever!!!!!!!
I drink it without the bourbon, though, cause' I don't drink anymore.
Right I’m doing that this year!!
What’s nutmeg like ?
Don’t know if I’ve ever had that before and wonder what roughly is half a cup
I try to buy a Christmas decoration from everywhere in the word.
No matchy matchy bauble bollocks for me - it's a patchwork of all the weird and wonderful Christmas decorations from around the world.
Also pinecones. We still have giant pinecones from Pompeii collected over twenty years ago.
Lardlizard Nutmeg is a sweet spice, a bit similar to cinnamon but not nearly as hot. It can be used in savory dishes too. I use it in a lot of holiday bath teas that I make.
I regards to measurements, I would just buy a measuring cup. I only measure things when I am baking, now that I'm an experienced cook, I just eyeball things.
Well I don’t like cinnamon sonill have to try it more adding nutmeg
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