Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Thinking about a 2013 holiday?

I always remember my boss telling me that every year, on the 1st January he went to the local travel agent and booked his holidays for the year. I was horrified.
And then there was the boss who holidayed in the same place every year, the same hotel and everything. He even took two suitcases (one for the first week, one for the weight gain of week two).
Needless to say I stay as far away from these two role models as possible.

However, when the festivities of Christmas are over, and all you have are the thoughts of dark early mornings, and the return to work and school runs- surely the best thing you can do is make sure you know when your respite is due? To know the holidays are there and the countdown can begin!

For the past few years we've holidayed at Center Parcs. We have loved it. But it comes with the proviso that we go when it's affordable to us, in term time. We'll go there probably for the final time in November this year, knowing that holidays after this will be appreciating all three will be in state education.
I caught this conversation with a fellow twin mum which summed things up:

We've looked at a few options: hotels, self-catering, camping- home or abroad?
We've got thoughts about doing something over the summer when all three are in school, but there's also all the half terms to think about.

We've been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to 'test drive' Butlins this year. We're really looking forward to the opportunity as, like Trouble Doubled we're looking for a contender for holidays which keep our children entertained.

With a choice of Skegness, Bognor Regis and Minehead we've opted for Bognor Regis- Minehead seems too close (we can see it from the garden [albeit the Bristol Channel stands in the way]) and Skegness too far.

Next we needed to decide on accommodation. Butlins offers both self catering and half board accommodation (I really didn't know that), and at it's Bognor Regis resort also offers hotel accommodation in addition to apartments.

We've opted for the Ocean Hotel. I was really pleased to find a hotel where all five of us could stay in the same room and this seemed like too good an option to not try. Whilst I appreciate the door way between two hotel rooms is the same as at home (more so really) I have been uneasy about booking holidays where I need to book two hotel rooms (the cost does also play a part) so the fact we can have a hotel experience whilst staying in one space is a real bonus for my family of five.

We've opted to go for Squeaks' 4th birthday, it's just outside holiday time (which means we get her company for three instead of just the two week Easter break!) and really intend to make the most of the time, given how excited she is.... and it's only January!

The next thing on my list is to look at the activities and the things we can do as a family. To be honest, knowing there's a swimming pool is all the little ones really need to know, but having explored the brochure I really want to make the most of our break.

So, excuse me, I'm off to do some desk research... any hints or tips will be gratefully appreciated!!

Disclosure: Our 4 night break for 5 at Bognor Regis including a dining plan and with all discounts available at the time of booking would have cost £824. We are being provided with this holiday by Butlins in return for an honest review. All views and opinions expressed are our own.


  1. Oh wow, just seen this! Thanks for the plug. Still love Butlins. I wonder if they'll need ambassadors next time round?? :)

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