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What are your little holiday "traditions"?

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CarolDanvers Thu 14-Feb-19 17:12:02

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 😊

Viryanth Sat 16-Feb-19 23:15:58

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.

Pumpkintopf Sun 17-Feb-19 02:04:39

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!

MsSquiz Sun 17-Feb-19 08:17:22

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.

Dillyson Sun 17-Feb-19 08:35:25

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.

Fluffiest Sun 17-Feb-19 09:41:42

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!

ihearttc Sun 17-Feb-19 09:56:08

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.

rightreckoner Sun 17-Feb-19 10:01:26

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 smile

Bridgeofpies Sun 17-Feb-19 10:10:41

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!!

Bridgeofpies Sun 17-Feb-19 10:12:03

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.

Oldraver Sun 17-Feb-19 10:42:58

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

Thatsnotmyotter Sun 17-Feb-19 11:36:52

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.

Thatsnotmyotter Sun 17-Feb-19 11:38:43

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!

parry45 Sun 17-Feb-19 11:40:02

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.

Ellie56 Sun 17-Feb-19 12:19:51

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.

maddiemookins16mum Sun 17-Feb-19 13:27:11

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 😳).

maddiemookins16mum Sun 17-Feb-19 13:28:52

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).

oldsilver Sun 17-Feb-19 14:10:07

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

AlexaAmbidextra Sun 17-Feb-19 14:47:02

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. 😄

bananasandwicheseveryday Sun 17-Feb-19 15:02:45

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.

TinklyLittleLaugh Sun 17-Feb-19 15:33:14

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.

Averysmallcasserole Sun 17-Feb-19 19:03:08

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?

rightreckoner Sun 17-Feb-19 19:32:19

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 grin

Averysmallcasserole Sun 17-Feb-19 19:50:57

I’m so doing that in summer thank you. Such a lovely thread

Tara336 Sun 17-Feb-19 20:34:11

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

Klopptimist Sun 17-Feb-19 20:38:21

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 blush

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