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to be feeling just a little bit sorry for ourselves re holiday disappointment?

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timetogohomenow Mon 27-Aug-18 03:47:40

Currently being battered by the wind in a tent in Cornwall at 3:30am so I accept that I may be being a bit unreasonable here but...

AIBU to be so disappointed in how our holiday is turning out? After months of sweating away at work in the heat, we come away on our first camping trip as a family and apart from one day, the weather has been utterly rubbish for the last 8 days.

Camping is not the fun holiday I remember it being... trudging through the mud to go to the toilet in a portacabin, air beds that keep deflating, showers that are not much more than dripping taps, neighbours who talk loudly into the night... not as fun as I remember it being pre-children.

DD's behaviour has been a nightmare in comparison to at home and I feel like all we've done is have a go at her. I suppose she's only 4 and excited but things like running off or not listening in potentially dangerous situations can't be tolerated. That's not been any fun.

Cornwall... a beautiful county but my god the crowds. I knew it would be busy with it being August (we had no choice to come any earlier or later) but literally everywhere we've tried to visit has been a complete ball ache to try to get parked. Some places we've just had to drive through as there was no chance of stopping. Where we're staying there's no public transport we could easily use. The traffic is terrible! The supermarkets where we are are like scenes from an apocalypse film. How the locals cope living down here I do not know.

I know I'm just being a miserable so and so and I realise how lucky we are to be in a situation where we can (just about!) afford a family holiday but AIBU to be so disappointed? We've got 4 nights left and I just feel like packing up and going home! Please tell me in years to come I'll look back on this holiday with fond memories and not lament about the time we spent probably as much as we would have going abroad to stay in a wet, miserable, busy place in a tent!

ForalltheSaints Sat 01-Sep-18 15:03:20

YANBU to be unhappy about the neighbours in their tents being noisy and the difficulties your daughter's behaviour creates.

YABU to complain about Cornwall being busy in August. Probably been the case since the railways went there in Victorian times. As for not being near public transport, a bit of research before choosing where to stay could have prevented this.

Iamblossom Sat 01-Sep-18 15:14:30

I would ever camp for longer than a night.

But we have had two family holidays where we have cut our losses and come home early and I don't regret either time.

First was with an 8 month old ds1 in a holiday cottage in Devon which was utterly beautiful but it was far too hot and he was miserable, and got ill and we bailed. Right decision.

Second was a caravan holiday in Dorset where it rained every day and we had two very young dss and it was more like an endurance exercise than a holiday. We bailed, right decision, everyone was happier at home.

Wasitnotme Sun 02-Sep-18 08:21:07

I feel for you! I took my 3 girls camping to st David's Pembrokeshire 3 nights was enough and the weather was ok. I would love to visit Cornwall but my husband flatly refuses because of traffic crowds etc. That's why we visit Pembrokeshire fantastic beaches quiet roads always parking spaces friend people stunning coastal paths. We spent 2 holidays there this summer weather was good which makes a change.

Ski4130 Mon 03-Sep-18 15:07:41

OP, so sorry you've had a bit of a slating on Cornwall Live* (*fwiw total shower of incompetent shites, couldn't journo their way out of a paper bag, certainly NOT representative of the opinions of most Cornish people)

I'm from a Cornish family that whilst we may moan about the extra cars and people that descend on Cornwall every school holiday/holiday season, know that without the tourists the whole county would be pretty much f*cked. We try not bite the hand that feeds us, which means not being a dick to the emmets (said tongue in cheek, I haven't accused anyone of being an emmet since I was a teenager and thought I was all that and a bag of chip because I lived in a tourist town!)

CornishHorizons Thu 06-Sep-18 14:29:47

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YolandaTheYeti Thu 06-Sep-18 14:32:04

Aw that’s nice cornishhorizons! Hurray op grin!

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