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Going On Holiday - How Do You Choose?

I was watching the boys in the garden last week and they were playing in the water. It was bright, warm and sunny and it got me thinking about our Summer holiday.

Sa Coma - June 2003 

When we have gone abroad in the past I find it quite stressful to actually find a suitable holiday for all of us. Our first holiday with big J was when he was just 1 year old. We researched for months before we settled on a destination. It had to be suitable for families, not to hot, plenty to do, clean and with amenities for a baby. It was hard work but we decided on a Thomson holiday to Sa Coma in Majorca.  Neither Daddy or I had been to Majorca before but we did know people who had been and they said it is lovely and suitable for families. The Coma Gran Aparthotel was 5* Thomson Superfamily and because we could go off peak it wasn't overly expensive. We absolutely fell in love with the hotel, the complex and the resort. Everything was ideal for families and it was just what we wanted, it was perfect.

Sa Coma - September 2003

 It was that lovely we returned a few months later.

Sa Coma - June 2004

Sa Coma - July 2005

When it came to booking our holiday the following year it was quite hard to settle for anything less than what we had experienced the year before. What if it wasn't good enough, what if it wasn't clean or suitable for families? It actually became quite stressful so for the following few years we did return to the same Coma Gran Aparthotel in Sa Coma and enjoyed some really lovely holidays.

Alcudia - July 2009

I can't remember why we didn't go back to Sa Coma this one year, maybe we just fancied a change I don't know but we booked a holiday to Alcudia. Big J was 7 years old now so he was really excited and we wanted to get it right. We didn't. It was awful. We didn't like the hotel, the pool and entertainment were just average and the resort was very busy and it just wasn't as nice as Sa Coma. The beach was lovely but that is all I can say about it really. I was however just a few weeks pregnant at the time and this may have affected our holiday as I was so ill with morning sickness. Whenever anyone mentions Alcudia to me now I automatically go back 6 years and the feeling of sickness comes back to me. I just couldn't wait to come home.

Our last holiday abroad was a good one. We had booked to go to C'an Picafort in Majorca. The hotel was nice and was right on the beach. A few months before we received a phone call to say there was an error with our booking even though we had paid. They told us that we would receive a full refund and we would have to book another holiday. As you can imagine trying to get somewhere decent in the summer holidays is hard enough but to have to do it so late in the year is impossible. I was really angry and I asked them to find us somewhere else as I wasn't going to accept a refund. They were a little reluctant at first but then they came back with a few possibilities. None of them were similar to what we had booked. I went online and I found another hotel on their website that was available on our dates and was in the same resort. I have to admit that it was a better hotel than ours, it was a holiday village, all inclusive and was about £2,000 more than what we had paid. So after a lot of persuading they upgraded us and it was an amazing holiday. One we will never forget.

Lake District - July 2012

We didn't take a holiday abroad for a few years after that. We stayed in this country and visited the Lake District. I love the Lakes and we have been many times although the weather is just awful up there and it really does make it a little miserable at times. We have stayed in a guest house a few times, Hoseasons and also in a caravan. The Caravan was the worst. It rained for a full week so everything smelt damp all the time.

We haven't been on a Summer holiday yet with little J and I am looking forward to it but its quite stressful again thinking about where to go and when? Now big J is a little older it seemed a lot easier as we didn't need certain facilities such as highchair, cot etc but now we are back to needing a family friendly resort.

How do you choose your summer holiday? Do you travel to the same place each year or do you go for places that have been recommended?



27 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed reading this post - I literally spend what seems like weeks and months researching places to go on holiday. I agonise over it and always want to find the perfect place but there are always positive and negative reviews no matter where! I must look up the venues you have mentioned above. Where do you think you will go next? x

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    1. We research too. Its so much money for a summer holiday now that you want to get it just right. I do actually prefer someone to recommend a place I think, I like knowing someone has been and its all okay x

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  2. This was a really nice post! We are going to Cornwall this year as bubba will only be 6 months old and we aren't brave enough to venture abroad just yet - I'm not sure when we will be either as I hate flying, so it's already nerve-wracking enough! I've been to Menorca before and think it would be a great place to start when we do give it a go! #MummyMonday x

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    1. I have heard great things about Menorca. I think both Majorca and Menorca are family friendly islands and thats what you need when you have a family.

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  3. What a great post and very helpful. It can be stressful trying to accommodate everyone's needs and tastes but I tend to go with what makes me happy :) Budget is a big consideration of mine, we've just got back from Thailand and that we a big expense, but I figured worth it as we won't choose so far for a few years at least anyway! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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    1. I love saving for a big holiday. We are thinking of going to California next year. xx

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  4. Oh gosh, I can sympathise with you. I take AGES to book holidays and my hubby just doesn't even bother starting as he's worse that me! We took Harry to Florida when he was 13 months. Not Disney, just the West Coast. We love it there! We took him to Italy the following year when I was 12 weeks pregnant with Sophie. That was a disappointing holiday as we were just out of season and didn't compare to Florida and I am sooo rubbish at foreign language. Last year we took them both, then 3 and 5 months to New York then onto Florida. I love the US and find booking Europe holiday really tough. Have you though about going long haul? :) x

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    1. We have been to New York when big J was 8 but the furthest we've been with Little J is Paris. I love the US and we are going to get to California next year xx

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  5. A great post. When the boys were young we only ventured on weekend breaks, we took BP to Venice when he was 2. We didn't think about having a pushchair with us and ended up lifting the pushchair more than 300 times over all the bridges!

    We've been to Florida most, to Disney. It's always absolutely brilliant and we take a few years to save up but it's definitely worth it. I'd recommend it to anyone. xx

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    1. My dream holiday is to Disney Florida, although next year we are hoping o visit California and there is a Disney there too.

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  6. I love that you got that upgrade and it all turned out in the end that time - it would have been a nightmare trying to find a replacement holiday! A lovely post :) Mim x #sharewithme

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  7. What a lovely post, Alcudia is gorgeous. I really enjoyed reading this #sharewithme

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  8. We never used to ever do the same place but since Z came along the idea of all inclusive, kids facilities and familiarity is just bliss! We've back to one Turkish resort twice and would definitely consider it again next year.

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    1. Ooh we've never been to Turkey but I have heard great things x

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  9. Its such hard work to choose decent places when you have little ones isn't it? My eldest was a handful so didn't dare take him abroad as a little one, always settled for places like Butlins to keep him entertained. I took him to Menorca when he was 7 and although it wa lovely, he got bored at times.

    Now, its super tricky, as there are 10 years between my 2, so finding somewhere to keep both of them amused was hard work. With a baby and a new house, we 've booked Butlins again lol. But I know that the both of them will have so much to do and it'll work for them both. :)
    Visiting from #MyFavouritePost

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    1. We have visited Butlins for the past two years and like you we have a big gap but it didn't seem to matter there. both boys were entertained all day and night. Its a perfect holiday especially if you get nice weather x

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  10. Ohh sorry about your bad experience in Alcudia :(
    But how cool that all ended up well in C'an Picafort :D
    I hope there will be much more great summer holidays for you!!

    Thank you for linking up to #MondayEscapes

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  11. I'm sorry that you had that one holiday that was a bust. The only long stretch I get off work is almost 2 weeks in the winter (and that's only because I work for a university that closes for those weeks). My daughters and I took our very first summer holiday last year. We drove halfway across the US to see relatives and did a lot of sightseeing on the way. Sadly, because of our custody order, we won't have that option again as long as my former in-laws want to exercise Daddy's visitation for him in the summer. I'm looking forward to doing some international exploration with my daughters when they're grown.

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday!

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  12. I haven't really gone away in the summer with the kids, but I think the fact that my partner works 40 hours + a week and holidays are his busiest times puts me off for booking a holiday!


    Thanks so much for linking up with #justanotherlinky Hope too see you again Sunday!

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  13. There really is so many amazing places to go isn't there in the world. What great tips for choosing a holiday. Love the photos. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

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  14. They sound like fabulous holidays! We've only been to the sun once with our small lady, our holidays are usually to England to visit family which is fabulous also! #mummymonday

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  15. Aaah — such a great post — I am *desperate* to go on a proper beach holiday with my 3 boys! We haven't had a proper holiday for 6 years — and the twins haven't been abroad yet. I'm so looking forward to being able to take them on a plane! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday x

    Caro | www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

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  16. We are not going abroad this year - we went to Menorca last year, our third time. I like the familiarity there now, and it is perfect for us. Thank you for linking up to #MyFavouritePost Kaz x

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  17. I think it's so hard getting the right place. We have been to Sa Coma, and had a lolly time. It was very hot though, we went in August. Would defintely go off season like you if we went again. Thanks so much for linking up with #MyFavouritePost

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