I’m trying to convince Mike to go on summer holiday. I’m thinking warm, sunny and preferably all-inclusive. I realise this is a bit of a u-turn from last year when we went to Portugal and stayed in a self-catering villa, but with little ones, the rules are constantly changing!

We're all going on a summer holiday - things to think about with kids and holidays!

When we went to Egypt the previous year we did all-inclusive and while we had a wonderful, relaxing and even creative time (I had hours to write and I loved it!), we had absolutely NO adult time! Reuben was only little and learnt to walk while we were there, so he would have 2 to 3 hour naps in the day (and would only do so in a bed!!).

We're all going on a summer holiday - things to think about with kids and holidays!

One of us would have to stay with Reuben (I always offered so I could nap and read or write. Mainly nap though!), the other went with Gabriella to play. Then in the evenings we would be up until late as a family, which was lovely but like I said, no adult time!

Here’s why I’m thinking all-inclusive and some considerations…

Summer holiday – Introducing Adult Time

This year the rules all change because Reuben will be at the magical age of THREE! Which means he will be able to go to the kids clubs and Mike and I will be able to have some time to ourselves to relax!!! If we are going to have another baby any time soon (no plans as yet y’all!!), THIS SUMMER is the one to take advantage of the all-inclusive experience. I believe we will get the perfect balance of family time and fun, with a bit of adult time and R&R. Holidays are supposed to be relaxing after all!


I’ve had a little look at some destinations on offer from Newcastle to see what tickles our fancy…Egypt again, Croatia, Tenerife, Mexico?! There really are loads to choose from. I’d love to go to Mexico but the Canary Islands also have a special place in my heart. Fuerteventura is the first place Mike and I went to on holiday together!

Flight time

I personally think destination choice comes down to how long you’d like to fly. When we flew to Egypt it wasn’t my favourite flying experience as it was quite long and Reuben was of a certain age… a little bit difficult to contain/stop crying (you can read all about my tips for surviving a flight with young toddlers here)!

It was much easier the next year as he had his own seat and was happy to watch a film or colour in or any number of things you can do to keep little ones happy. So I think we could definitely brave further afield…!

We're all going on a summer holiday - things to think about with kids and holidays!

Having said that, there are plenty of lovely destinations that are closer to home (by which I mean Europe!) that we could enjoy, and with some pretty special deals too…but if you too are hoping to make use of the kids club, be sure to check what age they take children from!

Where would you like to go for a summer holiday?!

I’d love to hear all about your holiday plans in the comments below! Oh and if you’re planning on travelling with baby, you might like my packing list!

Disclosure: This post was written for First Choice but all thoughts are my own!