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Trips away

(43 Posts)
Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 19:33:01

Would you say it is reasonable for one person in a couple (with young DCs) to travel to India and Australia on different trips at least once a year, without his/her partner or kids?
It is to visit relatives.
Just wondering if IBU?

Msqueen33 Mon 03-Apr-17 19:36:26

Suppose it depends if your partner is happy. And if they also get a bit of free time. I took the kids to Spain and my dh had five days to himself. But I didn't get anything back.

If my dh asked me if he could I'd probably say no to be honest but we have kids with additional needs so it's not as simple.

Wishiwasmoiradingle2017 Mon 03-Apr-17 19:42:14

If finances allowed - with enough to allow those left at home to have a holiday too!! And childcare wasn't an issue for the dp left behind!!

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 20:03:36

I'm the one who'd be left behind. Finances wouldn't allow a separate holiday for me with or without kids, and I'd need to take annual leave to cover the childcare while DP was away.

GiGiraffe Mon 03-Apr-17 20:08:48

My DH does this every other year as his family lives far. far away - I am happy for him to go. In fairness if we all could afford to go we would but he needs to see his family.

Msqueen33 Mon 03-Apr-17 20:12:11

So he wants to go to India and Australia every year? And you'd use annual leave to cover the kids and wouldn't be able to afford a holiday? Is that right?

8FencingWire Mon 03-Apr-17 20:13:58

I have always taken trips just me, or me and my DD to go home. Once or twice a year. ExH hated being surrounded by my relatives and not understanding the language and always acted like a petulant child, competing for my attention.
Sometimes I had to go on my own at short notice. He had to cope.

What's your feeling about this op? Do you think he's having a lovely child free holiday whilst the rest of you sacrifice yourselves?

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 20:14:42

The family in India are aunts uncles and cousins. He was born and grew up here in the UK, travelled to see them every few years frowning up.
The one in Australia is his DBro, who I can't stand, and his wife and their new baby. We all went there for the wedding in 2015.

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 20:15:53

I personally don't think it's fair, but wanted to see if I am BU.

ImperialBlether Mon 03-Apr-17 20:19:17

I don't think it's fair at all! So your holidays are spent looking after your kids on your own, while his are spent gallivanting around the world? No way!

ImperialBlether Mon 03-Apr-17 20:20:09

OP, how many holidays has your family had since your first child was born and how many holidays has he had on his own?

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 20:24:32

It's a bit complicated Imperial as we aren't currently living together. I'm planning on moving back in with him very soon, he had promised 'our family comes first' but tonight he sprang it on me 'would you mind if I had to go to India to see an uncle, and to Oz to see DBro?'
I asked how often he was thinking of doing this and he has said 'not very often' hmm probably no more than once or twice a year.
Since our 1st was born he's been away alone 4 or 5 times, and we've been away 3 times as a family.

ijustwannadance Mon 03-Apr-17 20:24:49

I don't think it's bloody fair either! Especially as you have to use your own leave to cover him going and then no money for a break for you.

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 20:27:12

I've not give him my opinion yet, I'm wondering how to word it so I don't come across as childish.
His argument will be that if I had family all over, he'd be happy for me to go and visit just the same as he is. But I don't 😒

ijustwannadance Mon 03-Apr-17 20:30:45

Going to Aus twice a year when you have a young family is a pisstake.

It's what skype is for.

ImperialBlether Mon 03-Apr-17 20:39:54

Are the children his?

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 20:48:26

Eldest (11) is mine, And we have a 3 yo and 9m old together.

TheNaze73 Mon 03-Apr-17 20:50:02

I'm on the fence here. Maybe once a year, rather than twice?

Msqueen33 Mon 03-Apr-17 21:12:34

Would he be happy to do the same for you? If you said you wanted to visit a relative in Canada?

I can understand his brother but sadly not all of us have the luxury of jetting off to see family once a year. I wouldn't expect my dh to accept it.

Personally I think it's unfair.

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 21:17:12

He says so, but it's irrelevant as I'm not bothered about visiting distant relatives, let alone leaving him and the kids at home in order to do it.

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 21:18:25

His brother visits UK about 2-3 times a year, not sure how often he will now they have a baby, but knowing him, he will continue to do as he pleases!

TFPsa Mon 03-Apr-17 21:21:27

It'd be perfectly ok if we were talking about someone whose kids were old enough to be moderately self sufficient going off to visit elderly parents or something.

But going away for so long to see people who don't need him, leaving behind people who do, including a baby, is absurd.

Msqueen33 Mon 03-Apr-17 21:33:41

No he's being really unreasonable. Maybe once every few years with you all but not hugely fair leaving you at home with the kids with no holiday for you.

Lovelilies Mon 03-Apr-17 21:48:45

His reasoning for not taking is all to India is its too dangerous, plus he goes with his DPs who I can just about rub along with for very short periods, and the rest of the family live in absolute poverty so it's really not suitable for young DCs.

garlicansapphire Mon 03-Apr-17 22:12:34

Ex XH travelled a lot with work on long trips - I didn't mind as it was part of his job but when he came home was a bit prickly about him disrupting our routines... maybe if we'd stayed together it might have annoyed me. I will never know.

But since we split I've done quite a bit of travelling myself with my work so it's balanced it out. Though he doesn't care much if it's important exam time (like GCSEs) - I wouldn't go away at such crucial times.

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