I’ve found my H spot!

Apologies if you were expecting some sort of new erogenous zone that you’d been missing out on all these years.  Unfortunately Ladies and Gents, the H Spot is not the new G spot but I have found an amazing new (H)oliday  spot!

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You often hear of people returning to the same holiday destination each year. I’ve never quite understood this concept given its a big world out there, so many places to see and different things to do.

However I stand corrected as I’ve found my UK H Spot and it’s ….The Isle of Purbeck, Dorset.

 

We’ve just got back from a lovely week spent on the Isle of Purbeck. We, being my son and my parents – ticking another off the “who do you holiday with, as a Single Parent?” list.

We stayed in a village called Corfe Castle in a gorgeous cottage that you could fit my house into 3 times over! It was a last-minute find, so slightly bigger than we needed but gave us the added bonus of a room each. The extra space also meant for a whole week I wasn’t conscious of my dulcet tone being heard by neighbours as I have those constant debates that take place with a 3-year-old to get the simplest of things done.

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Passports at the ready, single parent style!

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I recently wrote a post about who do you go on holiday with as a single parent? Or maybe you are a parent who’s partner is unable to travel with you and you want to get away on holiday, same problem.

Well, one of those options was to go it alone with your little person/people. Is that such a crazy idea? Will you end up pulling your hair out?  Feeling out of place? Wishing you had never bothered? Well, I thought I’d put it to the test! I was craving some winter sun, had previously put a bit of money away and thought, sod this, let’s just do it! Now I realise this isn’t on par with the women back in the day who were fighting for our right to vote but hey, it felt pretty damn liberating!

Ok, so the decision was made but now where the hell were we going to go and what were my considerations in where to choose. My criteria was pretty basic;

  1. Sunshine
  2. Beach
  3. Pool
  4. Kid Friendly
  5. Kids Club
  6. Kids entertainment
  7. And did I mention Sunshine?

After speaking to quite a few friends, colleagues and customers (is it just me or has everyone else lost the ability to make a decision since they have given birth?!) I opted for Lanzarote, then narrowed it down to the Playa Blanca region as it wasn’t supposed to be so commercial, and there found the Flamingo Beach Resort Job done!

Ok, first hurdle, how on earth do you manage all of the luggage, without resembling a packhorse? I soon figured, looking like a packhorse was unavoidable but there was a solution to single handedly carrying quite a lot!

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Hand luggage

MunchkinTrunki  I am a HUGE fan of these, they really do keep them entertained as you queue at the bag drop, which quite frankly is no different to back in the day when you used to check in at the same time. Also handy on that last minute dash to get them to the  departure gate.

Me–  A rucksack, the name of the game here is to free up your hands!

Hold Luggage

Munchkin – Small pull along case that doubles up as a rucksack with straps, note above point re freeing up your hands! I found this great one by Karrimor and not a bad price from Sports Direct either!

Me – Standard suitcase

I figured with these options I could fully load up and manage all four if my little travel buddy wasn’t willing to help out!

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Just the two of us

On arrival at the hotel and checking in, it appeared they had seen two names on the room and assumed couple, hence giving us a double bed. I’ve never been into bed-sharing with Munchkin. I much prefer to sleep without being elbowed in the face or kicked in the stomach during the night. So a swift call to reception and we had our own separate twin beds to help us remain friends for the rest of our holiday!

The hotal was brilliant, definitely geared up for kids/families. At this stage I wondered how I might feel being there on my own and not part of the normal family unit. Do you know what, it didn’t bother me at all. I think that was simply down to the fact, that I am so used to it at home, why would it be different anywhere else, as this is our norm. **Eureka lightbulb moment!
I signed us up for a couple of trips so that we didn’t start to get  stir crazy being at the resort all of the time and then pondered the thought of Kids Club…

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The single parent holiday conundrum

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Everyone loves a holiday, you can’t beat that feeling of escaping the every day norm. Wearing clothes you’d never dream of wearing in your home town – or is that just me?!! Sun on your face and sand between your toes. I’ve always loved my holidays and every chance I’d have to get away, you’d find me on a plane.

Now I realise I took for granted that I always had someone to travel with, be it with the girls, a partner when in a relationship or a fellow single friend when single. I was fortunate enough to have a  good job, that I could also always afford to go and take anyone up on the offers of it being “holiday time”.

Then things changed… I became a single mum and suddenly things weren’t so easy! Not only are funds not so readily available (don’t get me started on the extortionate nursery fee’s) but who do you now go on holiday with? Continue reading