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10/07/2013 at 10:30
I've read a few people's comments saying that holidays would be one of the first things to go if money became an issue.
For me a holiday is really important so I'd rather see other luxuries go first. In fact I'd rather switch to basic brand foods, and have no mobile phone rather than give up our annual holiday
How important are they for you? I'm talking UK or abroad and not staying with relatives. A proper get away frm home just your family unit.
10/07/2013 at 10:35
Not very important.
I can spend quality time with my family at home, so don't feel the "need" to get away.
Maybe because i'm a SAHM??? Maybe if I was in a paid job, i'd feel like I needed an actual holiday more?
10/07/2013 at 10:40
I'm with you 100% Belle.
10/07/2013 at 10:41
It is definitely for me, it's the only time we can truly relax without having to think about any of the jobs etc that need to be done at home.
10/07/2013 at 10:43
Not important for me or my H either.
I'd rather have little luxuries (non basic food, cheap days out) than blow it all on a holiday that only lasts a week or two per year.
The stress of a holiday, packing, airport/journey/ debt would far outweigh the actual holiday at the moment for me.
I'd love a holiday, a break, but as long as I am with my children and H, then we are quite happy. In fact, my kids are happ just chilling at home and playing in the garden at the weekends, its us that feel the 'need' to treat them to the park, beach etc.
10/07/2013 at 10:53
I'd rather go and stay with my parents for a week, they can see their grandchild and I'd have help looking after him. I'd have to do some domestic chores obviously but they have a cleaner so it'd just be tidying up after ourselves and putting the dishes away.
Likes 1stbaby I'd also find many aspects of a holiday quite stressful especially with a very little one. For that reason staying with my parents gives me more of a break.
10/07/2013 at 10:58
I am with you Belle, I love everything about holiday from the planning to the packing and getting there. I love spending quality time with kids, taking them to new places and showing them new things as well as experiencing a change in routine for us all. Both of us work very hard and on holiday our focus is on family 100%.
As you know I have been known to spend a lot of money on a holiday but you know what, I work hard for what I have so will spend it how I want. People might think we are mad but I don't care, I make magical memories with my children.
And yes I do believe that quality time at home is just as good for a family but I like a complete change of scenery too
each to their own!
10/07/2013 at 11:01
Family time is important but we can manage that at home, A holiday is a better as it gets you more away from work. / Home routine That said I was one of those who said I would give up a holiday if money was short. I maintain that as H and I don't routinly have luxuries (depending on what you count as luxuries, that said we do have savings and our fortunate enugh to be able to buy the things we need when we need them for the main) We have cheap mobile contracts, we could cut back our food bill but I doubt what we save would cover a holiday if we were short of money. We don't have a takeaway or eat out regularly so again that wouldn't be a saving.
10/07/2013 at 11:07
I'm with you Belle. A family holiday is mega important to us. We rarely get family time together other than a holiday. H works shifts, i work full time, and in reality we get 3 days off a month where we are together, and on those days we are usually stuck trying to get jobs done on the house, as it's the only opportunity we have where one of us watches the children, and the other does the work.
Before i'd give up my holidays i'd give up Virgin TV, cut costs on food shopping, eat out less, have less takeaways, give up paying to go to slimming world.
Those two weeks we had abroad earlier on in the year were brilliant, the weather might have been poop, but we had fun without the hassle of having to wash/cook/iron. I wasn't bothered about the room being a mess and things being put away like i would be at home. I had someone come and tidy up for us every day.
I always find as well, that when we've had two weeks with the children, the seem to learn so much and come on so much more, which is a reason why, once they are of primary school age i wouldn't mind taking them out of school for a few days either side of half terms etc, to go on holidays.
10/07/2013 at 11:08
I think a holiday is a privellage but we aim every year to get one, we both work full time so its really important to us to spend time together, away from work stress, away from our house etc. I also think that holidays are important for children to, they experience different cultures/different foods/just different experiences (not even abroad, we only went to a haven resort and L did fencing, he'd never done that before, there's no classes here and so he'd never have tried it otherwise), as the bits get older we will take them further afield so they can experience more too
10/07/2013 at 11:14
I think in an ideal world I'd love to say that holidays to spend time together was that important that we'd go without other things but I guess it isn't to us. I'd rather us do things every couple of weekends as a family to be honest which is what we try to do, trips to the seaside or the zoo etc. it's still spending quality time together as a family. Don't get me wrong if we had the money I'd love to be going away for a week or two but for us it's not just about the cost of the holiday it's my H taking the time off work (and until a few weeks ago this as unpaid so really it was like paying twice as much as the bills still need paying) and then spending money on top of that. It's just a week at the end of the day, I don't want to be saving all year for one week.
10/07/2013 at 11:16
Pip my H is self employed so he always have to work double hard in the run up to a holiday to cover the time he's away.
10/07/2013 at 11:30
Yes we've had the same, my H was self employed for five years until a few weeks ago and I'm a SAHM so there's literally nothing coming in when they have time off.
10/07/2013 at 11:36
It's quite important to me but I think it's more important to me than the kids. My children are all under 8 though, they don't care if they're on the beach down the road or abroad, they don't care about getting a tan, they don't really care what food they eat. A holiday is more a break for me and my OH, a chance to get away from the chores. We have plenty of quality family time together all through the year and that's more important to me than a couple of weeks away in the summer. Once they are older though, I would like to take them to different countries to broaden their experience, but as I say, they are all so young it doesn't really impact at the moment.
10/07/2013 at 11:41
Very important. I want to show my boy the world whilst he is young.
10/07/2013 at 11:48
Pingu without a doubt the holidays are for me. H and I work bloody hard and deserve some time out with the kids
10/07/2013 at 12:13
Not massively important to me - spending family time together is very important to us all but we can do that at home if we can't afford a holiday or can't get the time.
10/07/2013 at 12:14
Not very important but like AK says maybe because I'm a sahm and get lots of quality time?
I think the main influence is perhaps that as a child we never had an annual holiday.
In fact maybe I'm such a homebody - packing up to take the kids away makes me anxious. I hate flying too
God, I sound rather miserable don't I. It is something I hope to change about myself now I'm single.
10/07/2013 at 12:50
They are important to us, we will budget for them in the family budget for each year. We have had years where we haven't had a holiday and years where we've had more than one. It is good to have a change of scene and get away for a bit.
I think we would still try to squeeze one in if money were tight and would probably cut back on other things in order to afford it.
10/07/2013 at 12:51
And, its probably more important for my H than for me. I work part time so do get some time 'off'. But he doesn't and does need a break.
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