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Our Alternative Family Holiday

Our Alternative Family Holiday

Our Alternative Family Holiday

As a family we love a holiday, it’s something to work/save towards all year and a very welcome reward and break from the general pressures of life.
I had originally planned our holiday to Eurocamp in Brittany, France. Having had two fantastic holidays in the past two years in Vendee at Eurocamp site, we were very excited. But the difference this time it would be me flying (driving) solo with all 5 kids. I thought that as they’d aged the lengthy time in the car last year they would be better this year. But earlier this spring after some stressful not particularly long journeys in the car, I realised that it would be an enormous pressure to drive to France. This would lead to a stressful start to the holiday, and the kids or myself wouldn’t enjoy it.
So I CANCELLED!!!! A big decision and lost several hundreds of pounds but hopeful saved some of my sanity.
Next decision was what to do now, as much as the kids love holiday camps like Haven, I find I’m constantly saying no, no I can’t manage to take you all swimming alone, no your sisters doesn’t want to go and see Sid & Lizzie, let’s have an early night and not go to the disco tonight, no you can’t have that overpriced tacky merchandise from the shop, no you can’t have endless fizzy pop from the bar!
So I wanted to be able to say yes, so decided to try something new to us all, a quiet cottage in the country, so I spend a couple of evenings searching cottage websites and on Hoseasons found a suitable cottage near Glastonbury, Somerset.
It was close by just over an hour so no lengthy car journey ✔️
It had 4 bedrooms, a luxury as we only have 3 at home ✔️
It had a garden, to eat outside, one of the kids requests ✔️
It was in a new area we hadn’t explored before ✔️
So I was very excited about switching off from work and spending some quality time with the tribe.
Our online food shop arrived first thing Monday morning, we packed the car and set off.
On arrival we were impressed with the cottage, it was clean and very well equipped, they even left us chocolate biscuits (well that was the kids converted).
We had lots of fun days out and one day just exploring our surrounds, with a family random trek.
The holiday was fab and the kids were very well behave the majority of the time, only the odd meltdown. We made some precious memories which will stay with us all forever. The sun shone lots. I proved that you can take 5 kids on holiday with 1 parent, with not too much pressure.
So I’m so glad that we changed our plans to an alternative destination. We will be heading back to France again maybe next year or the year after but think we will be taking Grandma too.

Mum Under Pressure xx



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