It’s the end of the year and while we are gearing up to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, it’s also the time we always sit down to plan our family travel plans for the year ahead. It’s something we have done for years. This way we always know what dates we need to book, and what budget we need to make to start the year off on the right track.
I love this little travel tradition we do each December. The first thing we do is set out dates and times for our travel plans to see family. After all family comes first right? Every summer we go to my parents on the West Coast of America for the entire summer. This is also the first trip we plan as it is a big trip, we have found it saves us money if we book before the end of the year for the next summer.
We both get our laptops out next to each other and search places we want to go as a family of four. We research where is best to go for weather, little ones activities and fun in the sun. Now that B is in school we are subject to school holidays. This is going to be our first year where we will have to research hard, get creative and probably go less places because in school holidays the prices seem to sky rocket. We would love to go somewhere warm and nice for the Easter school holidays if we plan it right. It’s about being prepared and patience for the right price too.
We have close friends in France and Spain that we go stay with that both have kids our kids’ ages. It’s usually a long bank holiday weekend that we go visit our friends. It’s always a good catch up as much as it is for a mini break away for the kids. Since we stay with friends it usually doesn’t cost very much for these mini breaks away and it really just recharges our batteries when we come back to routines and work.
Mr P and I usually have one trip with our friends, individually. This only started really since we had kids and is usually a little weekend away. Last year, he did a golf trip the East Coast of America and I went to Las Vegas while I was at my parents with my besties for a birthday celebrations. I haven’t decided what I will do for a bit of “me” time this coming year. I like to make a list and scope out a few friends to join me and then set my budget early January. It’s all about being organized and having your plans all written out so that prices and money don’t put a damper on your travel plans.
This seems to be our little yearly routine of travel the last few years. It’s funny how having kids and starting school kind of molds you into these routines trips away at the same time each year. But there are so many place I would love to see, experience with the kids too. It’s hard to give up seeing any family and friends to just take trips with the four of us.
We long for an indulgent planet cruise, or a long trip to places like Rhodes, Thailand, Abu Dhabi, Disney World, Florida and returning one day to Cancun, Mexico where we met with the kids in tow this time. We have our whole lives to see the world and plan it out. These places only become better sounding the older the kids get so it will be a few years but we will get there. Either way, we love our end of the year tradition of planning our travels for the coming year and budgeting it accordingly to make the year full of things to look forward too.
Are you a last minute “booking a holiday” kind of family? Or do you plan way ahead like we do? How do you budget for your holidays?