10 ways having kids will change the kind of holiday you have
Ahh, holidays – industrial amounts of cocktails, late dinners and napping in the sun. But that was before kids. Mumsnetters have been sharing how travelling changes once you have a family. There will be a few more all-you-can-eat buffets and pool toys, but don't worry – you will still have the best time of your life
1. Before kids: "It's all about booking last minute to get the best deals"
After kids: "Everything has to be meticulously planned. I never used spreadsheets to plan a holiday before I had kids.”
2. Before kids: "We can go away at any time of year whenever the flights are cheapest"
After kids: “I book flights a year in advance as soon as they come out so we can afford to go in school holidays.”
3. Before kids: "We'll get a bit too much sun and drink a few too many wines"
After kids: "Literally nothing can compare to the joy that comes from seeing my children’s happy faces when we’re all away together. Who needs sunburn and a hangover – not me!”
4. Before kids: "The more exotic, the better"
After kids: “Pre-children, we went on a fabulous tour of Japan, staying in ryokans, eating local food and exploring the countryside. This year, we're going to a caravan in Wales. I think that about sums it up.”
5. Before kids: "I travel light - hand luggage only is fine"
After kids: “You will definitely need a first aid pack, travel wipes, sun cream coming out of your ears, lots of paper for drawing, games and making origami plates. You need a suitcase full of stuff that you won't even use just so that you can tick the 'prepared parent' box.”
6. Before kids: "I do get a bit bored just lying around in the sun"
After kids: “I hated holidays before I had kids and found them boring. I'm now too busy on holiday to be bored – and I love every second of it.”
7. Before kids: "It's alllllll about the partying"
After kids: "We spend a lot of time making sure everything is safe and educational. It's a far cry from necking shots hoping you can communicate clearly enough to get back to your hotel, but it's far more enjoyable.”
8. Before kids: "Pre-holiday bragging is an essential part of the trip"
After kids: "The key is not discussing anything about the holiday in front of the children, ever, unless you want months of ‘are we going tomorrow?' We've come up with a series of code words – that way we get to surprise them when we’re about to leave.”
9. Before kids: "Prosecco and four course dinners are the only way to go"
After kids: “Then – cheeky glass of fizz in the airport. Now – bucket of black coffee in a service station. Then – 'ooh look a nice restaurant, let's eat there.' Now – better find a McDonalds!”
10. Before kids: "I'll remember these memories for ever"
After kids: “Our holidays are more meaningful and precious than ever. I can't wait until our children get older so we'll have even more memories to cherish."