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I've never planned a holiday or taken two kids abroad help me please

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LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 09:01:56

So am thinking that as dd will start school next sept we should plan a holiday seeing as it will be the last one that we can take without thinking about when the school hols are!!!!

I am due dc2 in sept and dd has never been abroad.

I must admit to being more than a little scared about taking a baby and a preschooler away.

Sp seasoned travellers what do you recommend. Money is not something we will have a lot of as I will be coming towards the end of mat leave.

It's been a loonnggg time since dh and I went abroad and haven't had to think about it before we always just got a last minute deal.


mummytime Wed 22-Jun-11 09:28:59

Is your DD starting school in 2002? When are you thinking of going? Where would you like to go? Do you want child care while you are there?
Haven't you even had a holiday in the UK?
Babies are pretty easy. My kids have been all over the place, including into Morocco without the correct visa's, they were not trouble. However I wouldn't go anywhere too challenging unless it is firmly for you.

SenoritaViva Wed 22-Jun-11 09:34:46

Do you want a package with everything included? Or do you want to book everything in separately?
You could do self catering, although then the 'catering' amount is an unknown quantity whereas a package can include everything except say alcoholic drinks.

Do you want beaches and very hot?

If you are feeling nervous you might want to look into what travel agents offer, some have some good package deals and they will organise most of it for you. Some of them have lovely activities that the family can all enjoy, including your older DD and she might make some friends.

Otherwise you could do something like camping in France? But if you get a ferry over remember that you'll be driving your car on the 'wrong side of the road' which can be really challenging if you aren't used to it.

Is food important to you? As this may impact where you go!

Don't forget all of you will need passports and make sure you have a dummy or a bottle for the baby and a lolly or something for your DD if you are flying - this will stop their ears hurting when landing and taking off.

There's a bit of advice anyway.

SarkySpanner Wed 22-Jun-11 09:40:56

Go self-catering.

Otherwise you'll be stuck in a hotel room with two (hopefully) sleeping children and no where to go.

Think about what you want from the holiday that you can't get in the UK. Is it the sun that you're going for?

Remember that there are some holiday you can pay for with Tesco vouchers (if you have lots)

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 09:46:34

Thanks for the speedy replies grin

we went to Cornwall when dd was 1.5, an old haunt of ours. And went to seaside on a caravan at Easter.

All inclusive would be ideal, not really looking for anything more than beach, nice weather and to get away from the uk.

Yes dd starting sept 2012.
Dh and I have had some fab hols in Greece. Kids club are not something I would be bothered about tbh but maybe by next year I would?

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 09:47:58

Sarky that exactly it, don't want to have to cook but want more than one room confused

SarkySpanner Wed 22-Jun-11 09:49:15

I'd say go back to somewhere you know (or nearby). IME it makes the planning a lot easier if you have a vague idea of what to expect.

Greece could be great.

SarkySpanner Wed 22-Jun-11 09:53:57

We've always gone self-catering but eat out quite a bit.

We usually have the main meal of the day in a restaurant and then just do breakfast and another snack meal (bread/ham/cheese etc) ourselves.

We stayed in one fab apartment in Greece where we had a very small 'kitchenette' but there was a restaurant within the complex as well. I wouldn't recommend that particular one to you (awkward location) but am sure you could find something similar.

SenoritaViva Wed 22-Jun-11 10:04:42

You can still do last minute by the way

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 10:09:06

Sarky you're right.

This may sound silky, is there anything I need to know about booking in advance, I presume it's the best thing to do? How does paying for it work? confused

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 10:10:15

SenoritaViva thanks I'll take a look, just assumed with kids you'd need to book in advance.

SarkySpanner Wed 22-Jun-11 10:28:29

Personally i woudl book in advance just because with kids you are less flexible in terms of the type of accommodation that you want. And I'd want confirmed dates ahead of time as there is more planning involved than when it was just two adults hopping on a plane.

Usually you pay a non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and then pay the rest a month or two before you travel. The size of the deposit varies quite a bit IME.

We tend to book flights and accommodation separately just because we're normally looking for accommodation off the main tourist sites, but all the main holiday companies will offer something like what you want.

Or you could try Eurocamp/Siblu etc if you would consider moblie home type accommodation. These places are very family friendly.

I would go to a couple of websites and request a stack brochures to look at. Much easier than trying to look at stuff online IME.

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 10:41:47

Cheers sarky, sounds like I can handle that!

SuburbanDream Wed 22-Jun-11 10:50:09

I would definitely go self-catering, that way you are not tied to hotel breakfast/lunch/dinner times and you can feed your DCs what they like which may not be what the hotel offers!! Also an apartment gives you more flexibility - if the DCs are having naps you can chill out in the living area.

We've been to Menorca a couple of times and loved it, it's only 2hrs flight and most of the resorts are very quiet and child friendly. It's very hot during July and August but if you are going during school term time it will be reasonably priced and good weather. We've booked with Thomson this year and the flights are a decent time of day too - which means you are not getting up in the middle of the night and feeling exhausted before you even get there!

SuburbanDream Wed 22-Jun-11 10:50:42

oh I forgot to say, the mumsnet checklists are good too for ticking off all the things you need to remember smile

SarkySpanner Wed 22-Jun-11 11:16:31

where are the checklists?

LoveBeingAbleToNamechange Wed 22-Jun-11 11:31:37

Thanks that great advice

SuburbanDream Thu 23-Jun-11 12:43:17

Sarky - if you scroll down to the shortcuts at the bottom of the page, under Advice is the travel section. They are in there

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