I’ve been invited to take part in a blogger challenge with Travel Republic and the campaign is based around finding out what your child’s ideal holiday would be. A whole can of worms opened up right there, I tell you. “When exactly are we going on holiday again Muuuuuuuum?? Mum. Muuuuum. MUM! Can we go on holiday again pleeeeease?”
Repeat x 1,000,000.
The funny thing is, when I was young, it wasn’t something you ever asked your parents, and lots of my friends never even went abroad when they were children. We were really lucky as a family though, we went to Majorca a few times, Tenerife, Spain … but we certainly don’t talk about the time my parents went to Australia without us. I mean, it’s as if they had their own life or something. And then, when I got married, we went to a few Greek islands with my parents, just because we all got on so well.
So, fast forward to Dexter’s childhood, and he’s been away with me a few times. Rome as a baby, Gran Canaria, Italy, Lanzarote, but when I first asked him about his perfect holiday, he was a little stumped. Because as much as he loves going abroad, he’s also a real homebody, just like me. He’d love all the comforts of home, just somewhere a bit more exotic than Gillingham. (Can’t blame him.) But thirteen is a bit of a tricky age, as some of you may have experienced, and holidaying with a teen is a precarious situation to find yourself in!
Anyway, here are the things that would make a perfect holiday, according to Dexter, aged 13½:
- Quick wifi
- Unlimited fizzy orange
- Swimming pool
- Pancakes every morning
- Access to snorkeling, surfing and windsurfing
- Private butler
- KFC nearby
- Go-kart to get around the resort
- Constant sunshine
And that was it. When pushed, he said, “Nope, that’ll do.” It could have been worse I guess! And to be honest, I’d love a private butler too, so that’s probably where he gets it from.
What would make your child’s perfect holiday?