Holidays are good for the soul. Catching up on rest and relaxation and spending quality time with loved ones is vital to individual wellbeing. But an enjoyable family vacation does more. In a unique way, breaking from your usual routine and getting away can bring mum, dad and the kids together. I hadn’t had a proper holiday since my second child was born more than a year ago but I’ve just come back from a wonderful week away and guess what? We were all missing out!
The quality time spent with my partner and children was truly blissful. We didn’t go to a fancy resort or anywhere exotic or far away, just somewhere comfortable doing something different to our usual busy, day-to-day lives.
Spending quality family time not doing very much is such a luxury in today’s crazy 24/7 world, a sentiment our children (well this holiday at least!), seemed to agree with. Although my husband and I thought we might have to arrange special excursions to keep them happy, it turns out they too were satisfied to chill out.
Our days consisted of three leisurely family meals, daily beach outings- swimming and playing in the sand, lots of walks and, er, more eating! It was probably one of the most cost-effective holidays we’ve ever had too, which is funny because I’d have thought saving money would mean lots of compromises but I wouldn’t change a thing about the experience, except perhaps to make it two rather than just one week.
The challenge now we’re back is to hold on to the holiday vibe for as long as we possibly can. We’re already talking about a gardening day with the kids this weekend, not sure it will be quite the same thing but it’s well worth a try!
What’s your favourite family holiday memory? What was so special about it?