As a family we usually go away for a week in the summer and sometimes the occasional weekend away too. We love simple family fun on our breaks, there has to be a beach, the Little Ones really love to spend their time on the beach and preferably a swimming pool nearby too. With three young children there isn't much opportunity for relaxing on holiday (No reading my book on a sunbed by the pool here!) so we like to spend our time exploring on the beach, visiting places of interest and going on fun days out the children have chosen. Since having children, and with all three of them currently needing costly passports we haven't holidayed outside the UK since our honeymoon 8 years ago!
Both when I was living with my parents and before Daddy and I had children, I visited much of Europe, either having a holiday somewhere or travelling through for a day or two on the way to our main destination. There are many places I would like to take the Little Ones and return to myself. There are also a few destinations further afield that Daddy and I would love to visit and travel to as a family when the Little Ones are older, I think we had better start saving.
With the girls growing up fast and Little 3 having just turned two years old and almost out of the nappies and naps stage, we have thought quite a bit about taking the Little Ones on holiday to Europe. In the past we have travelled with various companies or arranged the separate parts of the holiday ourselves but I do think that now we have children, specifically a toddler, it would be worth using a company geared up for young families, such as Tots to Travel who safeguard your family holiday by handpicking family friendly villas and cottages around the world.
So where would we take the Little Ones if we could?
The Italian lakes- A couple of the first proper holidays that Daddy and I went on together were to italian lakes, Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, many, many years ago and they still remain my favourite holidays. We fell in love with Italy, the lakes, the scenery and the architecture. Daddy and I have a dream of visiting all the large lakes in Italy and spending time exploring the large towns and cities. I would love to take the Little Ones to Italy, on a speed boat across the lakes, a train through the mountains, a gondola in Venice and for them to experience all the things that we did.
The Netherlands- When I was about 9 or 10 I went with my parents and brother, I remember we went to Rotterdam and Amsterdam and I have memories of driving past miles and miles of tulip fields, visiting giant windmills and the Alkmarr cheese market. I would like to take the Little Ones back there.
France- Daddy and I have been to France several times staying on the Brittany coast and we have been to Disneyland Paris too. The girls would love to go to Disneyland Paris one day and I would like to return to paris and the Eiffel Tower where Daddy proposed.
Canada- I have never been to Canada but we would really like to, we would like to travel around the country and see the scenery, explore the coastline and visit Niagara Falls. I would love to go skiing in the mountains too. Canada looks really beautiful in all the pictures and photos on the internet and I would really love to see this for myself.
The last holiday I would really like to go on and experience with my family is a Safari holiday in Africa. I would love to go out on Safari in the hope of catching a glimpse of animals in the wild and sitting on the deck of a lodge somewhere as an elephant wanders up for a drink. I reckon the Little Ones would love to see all this too, one day, maybe, I'd better buy a lottery ticket!
N.B This was a collaborative post.