Worst Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why

Does going on holidays with your children fill you with excitement or dread? Excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead, or dread of it turning out to be the worst holiday with kids. Yes, sometimes disaster can strike, and there is nothing you can do about it, but often it’s not something we can foresee. For instance, our worst holiday with BattleKid to date is a tossup between our first holiday to Lanzarote with him, and our second.

Lanzarote had been a favourite destination of ours for years. So, when booking a holiday with a one-year old, we thought why not return to the Canary Island of choice. We chose a resort and town we hadn’t been to and it looked great. When we arrived, we knew we had chosen right. A lovely one-bedroom apartment awaited us. Unlike our first holiday abroad with an 8-month old, we could put BattleKid to bed and relax in the living room with Netflix. The resort was very family friendly, and the town was a lovely 20-minute walk from our resort. It really couldn’t have been better. Until disaster struck on Day 5 of our 7-day holiday. Chicken pox was confirmed the next morning and we were grounded for an extra 3 days. Not what I wanted.

We decided that it was just unlucky of us, so didn’t let it stop us booking a return trip to the same resort the next year. However, the very first day we arrived, disaster struck again. This time, we had only just arrived at our apartment, and were leaving to go for a walk, when BattleKid fell. It resulted in a trip to the hospital for four stitches in his knee. It meant no pool time whatsoever for the entire holiday. We’ve now decided we are jinxed with that resort and may not return to it again, despite it being a brilliant resort.

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Knee injury on Day 1

In my previous post fellow bloggers and I shared with you our best holidays with our kids to date. This time I’ve asked them to share their worst holiday with kids to date. Let’s see where and why!

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Samantha from North East Family Fun says she generally enjoys Haven holidays, but wasn’t a fan of Golden Sands. Their caravan was dirty and had to be re-cleaned on arrival, the entertainment wasn’t great and it rained the whole time! 

Jenna from Then There Were Three says her worst holiday with kids would have to be their trip to Barbados. The hotel was a shambles, and despite saying they were child friendly, the kids club was never open. They were also only informed of a child’s menu on their last night!

Sarah from Mumzilla says their worst holiday was to a holiday apartment in Spain with a then 18-month-old. It poured down all week with rainy. On the only sunny day, their son managed to tip his buggy and smashed his teeth in. They are now growing through stained as a result.

Oh, and the car seat provided for was for a baby, so it was fun cramming him in that one!

Karina from Mum’s the Nerd says their worst holiday was camping in North Wales as it rained heavily the entire time.

Cass from Frugal Family says their recent holiday to Milan has been their worst holiday with kids yet. Even though they had a great time overall it was too much hard work keeping everyone happy.

We booked a family room which meant no-one had space to go for some time on their own, so we were together 24/7 which was not ideal! I ended up refereeing arguments about everything from one child accusing the other of using up all the WiFi, to whose turn it was to go in the shower.

Collette from Truly Madly Cuckoo told us their worst holiday was when their son got airlifted to Bangor Hospital following an allergic reaction to a peanut he only touched at a BBQ.

It was so scary, I dread to think what would have happened if he had actually eaten the peanut rather than just touched it.

He has now been prescribed an Epipen which they carry everywhere. 

Frances who blogs at Whinge Whinge Wine says their worst holiday with kids was last year in Majorca. Everyone got food poisoning and said it’s

No fun being puked on by two small children when you’re puking yourself.

It then struck her husband on the flight home, which ended up being delayed hours because they wouldn’t let him travel. You can read all about it in her blog post, aptly entitled Holidays from Hell. What an awful holiday, I think you’ll agree.

Lynne from A Day in the Life of a Mum of 6’s worst holiday with kids is my worst nightmare. On a trip to France, her car engine blew up and it had to be transported back to the UK. Her husband had to fly to London and buy a new car to get them home.

We laugh about it now but it was uber stressful at the time.

Hannah from Travelling with Leo says their worst would have to be their weekend camping at the Curious Arts Festival….

In torrential rain!

Lisa from Bare Mother told us their worst holiday was a return trip to a 5-star resort in Thailand.

The first time we were pregnant, and the whole trip was bliss – adults only pool, bar/room service to our balcony overlooking the water, afternoon naps, massages and dinner out every night. We tried to recreate with a 6-month-old, and failed miserably. Stuck in our room every night, in the dark, from around 6pm. Rookies!

I know that feeling!  

Deborah from Country Heart and Home says their worst holiday was Scotland, where it did nothing but rain torrentially, all week. And when they did venture to the clubhouse, their then 3-year-old jumped into the deep end of the pool and couldn’t swim! The kids did nothing but argue and we were all stir crazy!

The whole week was a nightmare!

Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes had a disastrous weekend in Muscat, Oman during which they all whinged and moaned for various reasons. You can read all about their weekend in the blog post she has written. Not quite the weekend away they had hoped for!

Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies is sad to say their worst holiday with kids was Disneyland Paris earlier this year. Their children enjoyed it, and she is glad they got to experience it but

It was such a stressful week that mainly consisted of queuing and we spent 5x what we usually spend on a holiday to do it.

Nikki from Yorkshire Wonders says their worst holiday was their own fault.

We booked a cheapie to Greece. It was 40 degrees, the room had no air-conditioning and there was a motorbike rental business outside our bedroom window.

The bikes revved all night, and if they closed the window to stop some of the noise, they cooked in their room. They even had to shower all through the night just to keep cool. She says it was completely awful and she’d never do it again.

Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says told us their worst holiday was a week in her in-laws caravan in Borth. Although they’ve had some brilliant holidays there, for the week in question, it took them 5 hours instead of 2.5 hours to get there due to lots of road works and accidents. I know the road to Borth and can only imagine.

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It rained the entire time, the kids fought constantly and the weather meant the TV signal stopped working. We came home early!

Nyomi from Nomi Palony said they saved up for their first all-inclusive holiday at the Costa Del Sol but it turned out that they had booked in the worst weather the region had seen in over a decade! It was torrential rain for the entire week.

To make it worse, Britain was having a heatwave so my feed was full of sunbathing happy brits while we were miserable.

On the way to the airport the baby vomited all over the car that would be left in the long stay airport parking in a heatwave. Once there we went into the city just to buy warmer clothes and waterproofs and somehow lost a 50 euro note getting out of the taxi. The all-inclusive food they saved for was terrible. Then poor Nyomi got a bad case of mastitis that meant she needed to go to a very busy A&E in Marbella. So bad was it, they were so happy to come home! 

Zoe from The Tale of Mummyhood says her worst holiday so far was their first as a family of four. Her eldest daughter fractured her leg three days in and a week before her second birthday. She had a bright pink cast covered in hearts. Zoe is still not over the trauma, even though her daughter is brand new! 

Alice from Living with a Jude has had both her best and worst holiday rolled into one, and her response has been featured in the previous post as well. She went to see family and friends in the states following several years of trying to get her horrid, emotionally abusive ex out of her life. While her friends out there made the visit amazing, and she had such sun seeing them all, her (then) seven year-old severely autistic son was (in her words) a bit of a nightmare.

He had meltdowns every day, wouldn’t stay on the beach, wouldn’t go out, freaked out on the plane. It was horrific!

It was the worst holiday because of her son’s behaviour but the best because emotionally she was on top of the world (her own words). 

But the worst I’ve read is from Luis, who blogs at Single Daddy Daycare, when he was doing his very first holiday as a single co-parent. You need to read his post! I really felt for him after finishing it. From passport woes to projectile vomiting, his first holiday as a single co-parent certainly did not get off to a good start at all.

As you can see, the reasons for certain holidays being the worst holiday with kids are varied and unfortunately weather plays a big part in it. Searing heat is not much fun with kids (Emma and Nikki), nor is torrential rain which featured a lot.

Before BattleKid came along, BattleDad and I spent a week on the Isle of Man during the TT races. We had glorious sunshine some days. However, on our second last day the heavens opened and dampened our spirits. So much so we found a room for our last night so we wouldn’t have to sleep another night in a soggy tent. I’m not sure I could do it with BattleKid in tow.

What has been your worst holiday with kids to date? Did it involve rain? We’d love to know, so why not share it in the comments below!

Cath x

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Best Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why

Holidaying with kids can be a daunting affair for some, and something to relish with others. I’ve heard some parents say they dread holidays with their kids. I know others who wouldn’t dream of not going on holiday with their kids. The best holiday with kids can be surprising ones and the worst can come out of something beyond your control. For us, holidays and BattleKid go hand in hand these days and although we’ve had both good and bad, we wouldn’t change them for the world.

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As you read this, the Battle Family will be somewhere in North West America on our USA road trip holiday. It’s a holiday we’ve been looking forward to for a while and we’re really hoping it’ll be our best one yet. We’ve done a good bit of travelling with BattleKid, from staycations in the UK, to Europe and beyond. Our best holiday to date has to be our trip to New York last year.

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BattleKid at the World Trade Centre Memorial.

Despite rain on our first full day, it turned out to be our best holiday so far. I wrote all about it in our New York Holiday Diaries and I also showed that New York can be done, even with a toddler in tow. I thought I’d ask some fellow bloggers what have been their best holiday with kids and here’s what they had to say.

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Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says their best holiday with their kids have been a good old British Haven holidays. Her kids loved the caravan and there is so much to do at Haven for little ones.

Emma from Emma Reed said her best holiday was in Zante last year for her sister’s wedding. It was great

Because so many people travelled out for it and that of course gave me a huge help with my two-year-old.

Her son had so many family members to play with and keep him entertained. It was so memorable for her and not stressful at all.

Beth from Twinderelmo says their best holiday was when they took their kids to Disneyland last Christmas.

To see the magic and joy in their eyes was the most amazing feeling ever.

She will never forget their faces during the parades and believes Disneyland really is the best place on earth.

Angela from The Life of Spicers says their best holiday with kids was to Walt Disney World. The reactions and look on her daughters face when she got to see the castle, and meet the princesses, was amazing. It was worth all the saving and going without to get there.

Samantha from North East Family Fun says their best holiday with kids was to Calella de Palafrugell last year. A traditional Spanish resort, which is not very touristy, but hoem to stunning beaches and gorgeous restaurants, she and her husband would

dine in style as the kids played on the sand in front of us.

Jenna from Then There Were Three says her best holiday with her daughter was definitely Bluestone.

It was last minute and we only found out we were going that day, but she absolutely loved it there as there was so much to do.

Debbie from My Boys Club says their best holiday with kids would be their trip to Loch Ness, which I’ve been reading. Debbie said they had a luxury lodge, fab day trips, the weather wasn’t not bad at all and it was really relaxing.

Adventurous and a good time was had by all – you don’t have to go abroad for the best times.

Richard from 2 Bottles of Milk found it hard to pick one best holiday. So, he chose two. The first one was when they took their two boys to Bluestone two Christmases ago. It was just amazing he says. The second was from this year when they went to Disneyland Paris

Although exhausting, the boys faces during our character meal made the cost of that worth it.

Karina from Mum’s the Nerd says their best holiday was booking a villa in Lanzarote with family.

Having your own pool and the relaxed atmosphere was perfect for us.

Maria from Happy Mummy says theirs was to Puerto Pollensa in Majorca. Their daughter Lily had an absolute ball swimming all day and dancing all night at the mini disco.

We still play the songs all the time at home.

Tracey from Pack the PJ’s said her best holiday was only very recently. They spent just under a week in the beautiful Maldives doing things like snorkelling on the reef, kayaking, night fishing, dolphin boat rides. They even had a professional cooking experience. But more than this, it was

An absolutely amazing few days spent as a family

Not only that but they also spent 3 days in Abu Dhadi, with the highlight being a desert safari where they rode camels, experienced falconry, were driven at speed over sand dunes, saw the sun setting over the landscape and the 45 degree heat.

We loved every second!

Jodie from Maidenhead Mum says their best holidays was a Eurocamp trip to the Adriatic Coast in Italy, staying across the lagoon from Venice. The site they stayed on had a water park, direct access to the beach and was just 15 minutes by boat from Venice.

Seeing as my happy place is taking photos there was something for everyone.

They enjoyed it so much they are going back this year! And she says she has not had a ’worst’ holiday as yet, although wonders if returning to Venice with a 5 year-old and two year-old might tip the scales!

Hannah from Travelling with Leo says their best holiday was a three-week trip to America where they travelled by train between Boston – New York (where they spent Christmas) – Philadelphia.

Lisa from Bare Mother said their best holiday to date was a recent trip to Kefalonia in Greece. They had a private villa with pool, were two minutes walk to the beach with a supermarket on the way, and there were lots of great kid-friendly tavernas nearby.

It was perfect because it was so easy to chill. Mister Two had a fab time, and so did we.

Vikki from Family Travel with Ellie said without a doubt their best holiday was their Disney Cruise around the Med.

It was everything we could possibly have hoped for… we did some excellent excursions to Monaco and Pompeii, as well as enjoying a week in Barcelona before we set sail. Whenever I think of it my heart fills with joy. We look at the photos often.

Emma from Our Fairy Tale Adventure recently did a road trip from the North West of England to Copenhagen in Denmark with their two toddlers. People thought they were a bit mad but it was such an amazing trip. They travelled through so many places and got to experience so many things together as a family.

We then ended our trip at Disneyland Paris, which was just the most perfect way to finish our adventure.

Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies said their best was their first trip to Cornwall three years ago. Despite being in April, it was a scorching week and they had the most amazing time visiting lots of different places. Their children were four and seven and handled the long car journey really well. They loved it so much they’ve been back each year since!

Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says said their best holiday has to be their trip to Rome this May. She and her husband honeymooned in Italy 10 years previously. They visited the Trevi Fountain and, as is custom, threw in a coin so that someday they would return to Rome.

We joked that we should come back for our 10-year wedding anniversary – with our kids – and that’s exactly what we did. It was so amazing being back there with our three children and showing them all the sights that it made us fall in love with Rome.

The weather was perfect during their trip, the campsite they stayed on was amazing and the Italian pizza, pasta and wine was delicious too.

Alice from Living with a Jude has had both her best and worst holiday rolled into one. She went to see family and friends in the states following several years of trying to get her horrid, emotionally abusive ex out of her life. Her friends out there made the visit amazing and she had such sun seeing them all. On the flip side, her (then) seven year-old severely autistic son was (in her words) a bit of a nightmare.

He had meltdowns every day, wouldn’t stay on the beach, wouldn’t go out, freaked out on the plane. It was horrific!

Thankfully her parents were with her were with her so they were able to maintain a sense of normality for her (then) four-year-old daughter. They babysat in the evenings so she was able to go out, stress-free knowing her ex wouldn’t be trying to ruin her life when she got home. It was the worst holiday because of her son’s behaviour but the best because emotionally she was on top of the world (her own words).

And finally, I wanted to highlight one comment that stood out to me. It is from Lisa who blogs at That British Betty and I have not edited her comment in anyway.

Our best holiday was a few months after my fiancé died suddenly from a virus. I was completely reckless, used the money we’d saved for our wedding to take my two girls to Italy (aged 11 and 14 at the time), stayed in beautiful hotels and spent ten days exploring the islands, travelling on boats, eating with the locals and doing things we’d never dared to before. It was incredibly therapeutic and freeing to travel ‘alone’ and gave us some amazing memories in the middle of a horrendous time in our lives.

From the Maldives and Walt Disney World, to Spain, Italy and staycations in Scotland and Cornwall, these bloggers have shown us that the best holiday with kids can be anywhere in the world. What makes great holidays with kids is the fun everyone has while making long-lasting memories. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, so long as you are having fun as a family.

Thanks so much to all the great bloggers who shared with us their best holiday with their kids to date. There were so many different destinations and reasons behind the best holidays. What has been your best holiday to date with your kids? Why not share it with us in the comments below.

Cath x

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Best and Worst Holiday As A Couple (Guest Post ft. Me, Him, The Dog and a Baby)

In the next of my guest posts from fellow bloggers, I am handing the reins over to Lyndsey of Me, Him, The Dog and a Baby. As her daughter is still quite young, they haven’t been on a best or worst holiday with her yet. So, Lyndsey instead offered to share with us their best and worst holiday as a couple. So, I’ll let Lyndsey do the introductions this time, while we continue our road trip.

Best and worst holiday as a couple

I’m Lyndsey and I blog at Me, him, the dog and a baby! I live in Middle of Nowhere, Norfolk with my husband John and nearly 2 year old daughter Erin.

Worst Holiday as a Couple

I met my now husband in 2011 and in 2012 we went on our first holiday together. I had just finished my second year at university and was getting ready to live with John for the summer. A holiday to Rome was supposed to be the perfect way to end the uni year and to celebrate our summer together. Unfortunately, I HATED it.

When we got to Rome I was less than impressed. We got off the bus from the airport at a small sort of strip mall that stank of wee. It was a dump. First impressions definitely count and mine was not good! We visited at the end of June so it was ridiculously hot and by the time we walked to our accommodation, we were both a bit of a mess.

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Rome was disappointing

Rome was not what I was expecting. I was so disappointed with the amount of chain restaurants, cafes and coffee shops right across from places like the Colosseum. The modern buildings being right on top of the magnificent, historic buildings was just horrible for me.

I also got REALLY sick of being with John so much. This was the first time that we had been together 24 hours a day for this length of time and I missed my peace and quiet and privacy. I actually sent John out one evening so I could have a couple of hours in the B&B on my own. Luckily, I got over that quickly which is a good job really.

Best Holiday as a couple

In 2013 John and I headed off on our second holiday together, to Orlando, Florida. This was to celebrate me finishing university and John’s 30th birthday. Oh yeah, we were also getting married!

Our wedding was the most perfect day. We didn’t actually invite anyone as we wanted our day to be about us. We got married at the most beautiful estate house and everything really was perfect for us. Afterwards, John locked us out of our hotel room so I was stood in the scorching heat in a massive wedding dress until security let us back in! We went for a meal afterwards at a local restaurant which was lovely!

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Getting married in Orlando

John and I both fell in love with Orlando as soon as we landed pretty much. We loved our hotel, the amazing food and Disney was pretty good as well! We had made sure that we didn’t need to be careful with money while we were on our honeymoon so we ate where we wanted, bought what we wanted and did what we wanted for a whole two weeks. It was absolute bliss.

We’re now hoping to go back for our 10th wedding anniversary in 2023!

Thanks so much to Lyndsey for sharing their best and worst holiday as a couple. It is a shame Rome was such a disappointment, but to get married in Orlando must have been like a fairy tale. I really hope you manage to make it back for your 10th anniversary. 

If you’d like to read more from Lyndsey, please visit her blog. You can also find Lyndsey on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

If anyone would like to contribute a guest post about their best and/or worst holidays with or without their kids to date, please send me an email to bm@battlemum.com.

 

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Portugal Days 5 and 6: 16+17/04/2017

We had an earlier start to the day and had a lovely light breakfast on my parents’ deck of sausage, bacon, eggs and toast. My mum went to Mass for 10am and while she was gone I got stuck into cleaning for her. I thought it only fair since she and my Dad were letting us stay, not only for Easter, but also when we were arriving in May until our own place was ready. While I did that, BattleKid was checking for hares with his Lolo’s binoculars.portugal diaries day 5 portugal diaries day 5

Once my mum was back, we all got dressed nicely and headed to see BattleDad’s aunt, who had invited us for Easter Sunday dinner. I hadn’t met her before and she and her family couldn’t have been more welcoming. She has been lucky enough to be living near Tavira for 5 years now, having retired down there from Ireland. I met her husband, her two daughters and one of her grandsons. They were all lovely and also very welcoming to my parents who came along for lunch too.

We had a lovely Sunday roast with them and spent a lovely few hours in their company and we all looked forward to seeing each other again once we moved down.

We left their house just after 4pm, and as I thought, BattleKid fell asleep in the car on the way back. Once we got back BattleDad and I started to pack our stuff up. That said, we were leaving behind two bags of clothes to cover us for the few weeks we’d be staying with my folks when we moved down. I was grateful we had the option to do so as the car would be rammed with the dog as well.

None of us were particularly hungry so we had a snack and put BattleKid to bed at 8pm. I had an awful night’s sleep with BattleDad’s snoring which is never ideal the night before travelling.

We were up at 6.15am and had some tea and toast before loading up the car and saying Ate Breve to my parents (which means See you soon in Portuguese). We dropped the car back and were at the airport for 8.15am. Check in was easy, the same cannot be said of passport control in Faro Airport.

Faro Airport is having a makeover, which means departures is crazy at the moment. We spent over an hour queuing to get through security, and had to go straight to our gate as they had called for boarding by the time we got through. We left Portugal in high spirits, knowing that when we returned in 6 weeks time, it would be for good.

Cath x

Portugal Day 4: 15/04/2017

7.30am seemed to becoming a regular occurrence and after having breakfast we headed into Tavira hopeful. We were hoping the ferry to Ilha de Tavira would be running so we could visit the beach.

You see, Tavira is a town on the coast but the beaches of Tavira and surrounding areas are located on islands, separated from the mainland by little inlets of water. It all forms part of a nature reserve called the Ria Formosa and you need to get ferries across the inlets to reach them.

The ferries do not run all year round, and normally only run for May to October. However, thankfully since Easter was later this year, the ferry was running. We got the 10am ferry across, which took 20 minutes to get to the Ilha. We paid for a parasol and 2 beds, costing just €10 and spent a lovely few hours at the beach.portugal diaries day 4 portugal diaries day 4

BattleKid had a whale of a time playing in the sand, building sand castles, chasing waves, splashing both BattleDad and his Lolo. And as we were there early, it wasn’t too packed. I could see how it might get very busy during the summer months.living arrows 16 living arrows 16 living arrows 16

We decided to head for a ferry at 1.30pm but had gotten the times all mixed up. It turned out ok as we had a lovely lunch in one of the restaurants on the beach before getting the right ferry back. BattleKid fell asleep on the boat and it was hardly surprising with all the fresh air and fun he had had.

We did a bit of shopping before going back to my parents’ house for dinner and bedtime. Despite his earlier nap he was in bed by 8pm and asleep soon after. We had a lovely day at the beach and can see us spending a lot more time at the beach once we move down permanently.

Cath x