Thinking ahead to next Summer…

{This is a contributed post}.

As a family with two Bois who have turned 16 and 11 in a blink of an eye, I keep telling myself it’s important we continue to build memories and spend time together…Even if that is being wrestled to the ground by Alfie, who has become obsessed with all things wrestling at the moment!  And don’t even get me started on Robb threatening to go here, there and everywhere {without me}…

So, as you can probably guess with me and my love for documenting everything, there are a few things that I feel we all need to do together to add to the memories etc. before it’s all a bit too late.  I know that sounds a bit dramatic, I don’t mean it to…but hey, where the hell has this last year gone?!

I read somewhere you only really get 18 Summers with your kids…So, with that in mind {as well as everything else that comes with planning Holidays etc}, I want to make the most of them, seeing as Robb only has 2 more Summers with us {no, you’re crying!}.  Below are some tips and ideas that I’d like to do with Paul and our Bois before then.

Aah, Sunset at Messanges, France…take me back!

When you head out into the great wide open as a family, you are making a pact with each other that you will do your very best to make the trip a pleasant one. There are so many different trips and adventures you might choose to take, and the important thing is to make sure you have an unforgettable adventure in style, right now. And these are some of the best tips that can help you with that.

A Road Trip!

We’ve driven {or Paul has!} down to the South of France before today and stopped in a couple of places on our way down…but I would LOVE to do a proper road trip with them all!  Giving us all much more freedom to be able to just stop wherever takes our fancy, and a sense of adventure we don’t get with other holidays.  Imagine taking the car or motorhome out on the road and seeing where the wind takes you?!  We would check out motorhome accessories in order to make sure we had all that we needed and to make the trip more fulfilling and exciting.  Road trips are awesome, but from what we’ve done in the past, you need a bit of planning so that you don’t get lost.  I went the wrong way once in France…haven’t driven there since!…and it was only a mile from where we were staying!

Go Somewhere New

Another excellent idea is to head off somewhere new as a family.  I can’t think of anything better than an eye-opening experience with my Bois, helping us to appreciate all ways of life.  For instance, a weekend in Edinburgh could be just as fulfilling as a week-long trip to Bali. I would love to expand our horizons and check out new things so that we can see more of the world, and understand different cultures better.

Let Everyone Choose Something

One of the best things you can do to ensure the family travel experience goes by without a hitch is to let everyone choose something to do.  Although, if Alf had his way I’m pretty sure he would choose to holiday in Llandrillo!  #homeboy.  There are a number different things that can be done in order to make things less stressful.  Like allowing each family member to choose an activity or something to see / do while you’re away.  Something different other than heading to the beach to play football is what I’m getting at, Bois!  This is a great way of keeping the peace, and the entire family will feel like they are more involved that way.  Plus I’m not the best footballer there is…

Have a Cultural Experience

I would love to head back to Krakow for a long weekend with Paul as we didn’t have long enough there when we visited in June…but we were there long enough to fall in love with the place!  I would love for the Bois to experience it all too!  I think it is really important when you are abroad to have a cultural experience.  Ensuring the Bois have a cultural experience and a better understanding and appreciation for the way other nations do things, is something I would love for them to see/do.   Not only does it help them in their development/knowledge of all things different, but it also makes the trip much more exciting too.

Krakow, Poland

Basically, I just want to do anything and everything that is possible with my Bois to have the complete family experience when travelling.  But, we all know how it is…family travel is far from easy, but it can be such a rewarding experience if it’s done right.

I can’t wait for the new year to come round in order for us to start using all of the above when planning future holidays with Paul and the Bois!

What have a I missed?  What have you got planned with your family?!  Let me know in the comment section!  

{Serious face: This is a contributed post, but the photos are all mine…just like these Bois Bach…ALL MINE for a few more Summers!}

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