At this time of year, when the days are long and dark, pay day feels like an eternity away and we’ve all just about had enough of our healthy eating kick, it’s not really surprising that thoughts turn to the summer and getting away from it all.
Sunshine holidays are sadly not a routine thing for us, there always seems to be something else we need to spend the money on. Travelling as a family of five doesn’t come cheap. Thompson holidays asked me to think about how weekend trips and city breaks work for us.
Over the last year or so Dave and I have really benefited from a couple of child-free weekend trips in place of a full summer holiday. It’s amazing how revitalised you can feel after just a few days away somewhere new. Especially if you’re lucky enough to have been able to leave your children in the care of their grandparents! Of course we love to go on adventures as family but time to ourselves as a couple is really important too. For us, weekend trips are a great way of feeling that we’ve had some time away to relax and explore without having to put too much pressure on our finances or our parents!
So far, whilst the children are so young and our finances fairly tight, our city breaks have been in the UK with Bath last May and a weekend away with friends in Birmingham in November, however we’re hoping we might manage to travel a little further afield over the coming years (we’re already thinking about a potential trip to New York for our 40ths in a few year’s time and I’d love to go to Rome). In the meantime, I think this year we will be sticking to UK locations for our city breaks and would love your suggestions – where’s top of your “must visit” list?