For the second year running I have enjoyed a holiday at home for the February half-term. Have you ever tried to holiday at home? I would sincerely recommend it.
What constitutes a holiday to one person is another person's version of hell so I won't be offended if this is not your bag and to be honest I would not do it as my only holiday in the year, but holidaying at home holds several benefits -
- Comfy, warm house with all the home comforts you could ask for
- No packing or unpacking
- No opportunity to leave the beloved teddy at home, the kids have every toy they could possibly want
- Wi-fi connection and cable TV
- No massive petrol costs
- Hot shower and plenty of water
- Safe outdoors space
See, sound tempting? Of course it may not suit you as you might not like your house but I love mine and I especially love my big comfy bed. So in case you do fancy giving it a go, I thought I would share some of my tips on how to have a great holiday in your own house without it costing the world -
- Get the house fully cleaned prior to the start of your holiday. I visualise this as arriving to a clean holiday house that I will then just maintain a basic standard of cleanliness over the holiday week
- Keep the computer turned off during the day, so you spend the waking hours with the kids, keep away from any smartphones too!
- Keep cooking to a minimum. We have tended to either go out or buy M and S prepared foods, that also has the bonus of keeping the washing up down.
- Save vouchers for times like this. We have used Tesco deals for a Pizza Express meal and Necter points for a meal at Ask. Tesco deals are also excellent for days out such as London Zoo, Chessington etc
- See what your local extended schools service are offering. JJ has been to a Spy School day for £1 and been to play at a local park for a couple of hours with the play rangers for free!
- Investigate your local theatre/ cinema to see what they are offering. We went to see Animals United with the kids for £2 per ticket.
- Check out the local shopping centres, they often have events for half term. Today the kids went to a free craft session and were very proud of their makes!
- Pick up a couple of Argos catalogues and a cheap scrapbook and cut and stick 'rooms' with the kids.
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