Redefining the Holiday

After arriving home from our holiday I felt exhausted and in need of another holiday to recover. Which is not really how you would expect to feel after the holiday of a lifetime and come to think of it not how you would normally define a holiday. If you look up the definition of holiday in the dictionary it will probably look something like this;


You see words like ‘break’, ‘rest’ and ‘week off’ which was relevant to the pre-kid years as you were able to break away from the routine, recuperate from the hectic life and you really lived the ‘week off’. This is not quite the case when you’re on holiday with the kids. Because kids will still be kids regardless of which side of the world you’re on, they’ll still need the comfort of a routine, they’ll still need their sleep and unlike any other job in the world being a mum is something you’ll just never be able to have a ‘week off’ from.

So maybe it’s about changing the expectations and redefining the holiday, because that’s why we always feel deflated right – when outcomes don’t quite match our expectations? You need to remember that the little people travelling with you don’t understand the approach, ‘yeah sure why not you’re on holiday’ because they can’t quite grasp it and the ‘lets stay out for another drink’ is really going to screw you the next day when they are all evil tired.

So I’ve sat and ran through my expectations of holidays and kind of come to the conclusion that I am a bit of a knob and I really need to alter them. So here’s my stab at changing them and trying to look at things in a different way.



So considering all of the above, we nailed it. Becoming a parent is life changing. Holidays are no exception. Life, including holidays, is different, but different in a fucking awesome way.

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For more on family holidays see my Holiday Memoirs




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6 thoughts on “Redefining the Holiday

  1. Love this! We’ve only done a weekend away so far with the bubba but everybody keeps me telling me a holiday will never be the same again. My cousin actually cut short a holiday early cause his kids were being such a pain and they were not having fun! #FabFridayPost


  2. I have three kids too (not in 3 years though) wow! I did mine in 5 years, well done you! I know what you mean though about needing a holiday to recover from the holiday. We haven’t been away on a proper holiday in 7 years, but we have had breaks away and it’s so tiring. Sarah #FabFridayPost

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  3. Thanks for reading – holidays are full on they’re not relaxing in th slightest but the kids have a fab time so that’s what it’s all about. We were exhausted when we got back ….The lids were buzzing x thanks for hosting #fabfridaypost


  4. This is great! We are in Thailand at the moment and I sooo need a rest – but the kids just gets up so dam early every morning! lol! Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost


    1. It’s tiring isn’t it! 0urs never quite got into the swing of the time zone and were up at 6 every day! X thanks for hosting enjoy the rest of your holiday (or parenting in a different country ) x

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