Holidays with children have definitely changed a) how we holiday and b) what we do whilst we’re there.
That and our recent holiday inspired this post about the difference between holidays pre and after children.
Hopefully it’ll give you a chuckle and for me – I hope to look back in 10 years time and laugh as I watch the girls play on the beach whilst sipping a cold glass of rose (that’s the dream).
Enough of my day dreaming, here’s the list, pre and after children is the way we’re going with this one…. first up destination.
Pre – An adults only, luxury resort – you lie down and hear waves lap against the sand, bliss. The only sound is someone asking ‘would you like a drink’, ‘a cold towel’, ‘some fruit’ – oh yes go on then I am on holiday.
After – A child friendly hotel. Long gone are the sounds of the ocean instead there are the screams and shouts of hundreds of children. Also add to that shouts of parents as they try and locate their child that has dashed off down the beach/snatched a spade from a sibling/thrown sand at another child.
The travelling bit
Pre – You’re quite happy to do a park and ride, it doesn’t matter if you have to wait a few minutes for a bus.
After – It’s an absolute requirement to drive into the terminal and get as close to the gate as possible.
Pre – You wake up and panic about what time breakfast closes as you had such a wonderful lie in. In the evenings you head back to the room when the sun sets because you have all night to eat.
After – You worry about what what time breakfast buffet opens as you’ve been up since 5am! You leave to get children bathed and out of the door ready for dinner at what feels like lunchtime.
Pre – You come back a lovely bronzed colour and everyone asks where you’ve been.
After – Sunbathing – maw hahahahaha. You sit under a parasol, or in a darkened room while your toddler naps. You return with a few freckles from seeing the sun on the walk to the plane.
Pre – When a waiter comes over to ask for your order you ask about three times to have 5 more minutes as you are too busy talking / looking at the menu trying to decide.
After – You physically bring the waiter over to order your food and ask three times that the toddlers meal is brought AS SOON AS IT IS READY. Your toddler sits with the iPad and headphones on and you spend the whole time worrying about a) how much the people without children hate you and b) what they must think of iPad child’s parents.
Pre – You stick as a couple and do your own thing.
After – You get to know everyone in the resort and know everyones life history – just because of the children.
Pre – You planned outfits for every evening, had matching bikinis and cover ups and new sunglasses/beach bags.
After – I had no idea what I’d packed but our children looked like supermodels.
Pre – You spend a fortune on a delicious meal out, you admire the view, you talk about everything you’ve not managed to recently and after a bottle of wine head to a bar for another drink.
After – You spend a fortune on the quickest meal you have ever had. A bowl of plain pasta costs 12 euros, your baby throws puréed spaghetti bolognase on your white dress. You’re not entirely sure where you sat/who else was in the restaurant – could have been a celebrity for all you knew. As you wrestle a waiter for the bill you both manage to down a glass of wine as you’re leaving with a crying baby in a pram and a toddler asking for an ice cream.
The hotel room
Pre – You used the phone to order room service.
After – The hotel phone is used as a toy and you hum the hold music all day long.
Pre – You use the safe to store valuables away from thieves.
After – You use it to hide EVERYTHING from your children, including the suitcase of snacks.
Who you travel with
Pre – You want to travel as a couple or with friends and as far away as possible
After (and after your first holiday as a family) – You invite the Grandparents along to the next holiday – babysitting and children’s entertainers anyone?
Don’t get me wrong I had a wonderful holiday and the memories made were ones that will stay with me, but it was funny having a think about how things have changed.
Any others you’d add to that list?