Preparing for the summer holidays and keeping your kids busy isn't an easy task. Before having our daughter I had no idea how stressful it is just to find the right place, not mentioning the travelling itself. I have to admit that the first few holidays when Isabelle was little, were not that child friendly, and had no child entertainment, which at that time wasn't such a problem. I used to say we wouldn't be going to the places with all the children entertainment, as that wasn't kind of what we liked. But the last holiday just proved, it's not about me and daddy, but mostly about Isabelle.
On our first beach holiday, we went to Cyprus, and we had a lovely villa on the beach to ourselves. The sea was just 50 metres away...but no swimming pool. I didn't mind, daddy did a bit, as he doesn't go swimming in the sea that much. Isabelle was 9 months old, so she enjoyed splashing in the sea and playing with the pebbles. I loved it, but now I know, that this place wouldn't be suitable for our family holiday again, as Isabelle would be definitely bored there. She needs other children to play with and all the entertainment too.
The next few holidays were very similar, but at least this time I booked a place with a pool, which I agree is a great plus, as our little dolphin loves swimming and playing with daddy in the pool. She also made some friends there. But then when we walked through a close by resort with all the childrens' entertainment, she almost cried and could not understand why we were not staying there. I really hated the place, as I prefer a private villa, but I had to come to a conclusion, we would have to start going to places like that too. What wouldn't we do for our Isabelle?
I am very lucky and am still at home with Isabelle, so can just pack the bags and leave for the whole summer holiday. We usually spend them with my family and friends in the Czech Republic. Isabelle loves it, and gets a chance to practise her Czech properly and enjoy the time with her cousins, grandparents and everyone. For me it also means, I can do a lot of things I cannot do here in London, as we don't have any family around. Daddy usually comes and stays with us for 2 weeks, but as he has just started his new job, this will not happen this year. Hopefully he might fly over for just a few days, otherwise Isabelle will not see him for such a long time.
I know you might ask, why don't I spend more time here, in London or somewhere in the UK, but the summer in the Czech Republic is usually hotter and also we stay at my parents' beautiful weekend house by a lake. I can go running to the woods, swimming or cycling, wild mushroom picking and many other things. I am very excited about our holidays and cannot even express how much Isabelle is.
And what are your plans for this summer? How do you keep your children busy for so many weeks? Do you go on holidays abroad or do you prefer staying in the UK? Any tips on travelling with kids? I would love to hear them all!