When I was a young urban professional (remember yuppies?) holidays were all about getting away from the stress of work life. Warm destinations with swimming pools were popular. So were snowy havens with lots of sporty options. Sometimes there was a bit of office one-upmanship (wouldn’t it be cool to go to INSERT SWANKY DESTINATION).
As a parent, I approach holidays differently. Part of what I look for in a destination is what new experiences will be available to my 9, 10 and 11-year-old (yes, my children were born in consecutive years, that’s not a typo). Will they learn a new skill? Will the holiday broaden their knowledge of the world? Can I get them to try a new food instead of wrinkling their noses at it?
Mastering skiing can lead to confidence. Learning to paddle together on a river rafting trip can bolster teamwork skills. And tucking a little bit of history in the back of your mind can help on that school essay.
As part of the BritMums #Wales4Kids Linky Challenge, I’ve included few holiday pics where the girls learned something new on hols. Of course I can’t officially enter the competition as I’m a BritMums Founder, but I wanted to share some of our own family holiday experiences.
And this was just before Christmas, on a weekend trip to London. My youngest, now aged 8, finally got up on ice skates. She was a bit wobbly at first, but when she realised she could ice skate, she was grinning from ear to ear.
What have you learned on holiday? Join the Visit Wales #Wales4Kids Family Holiday Challenge and let us know!