Our family holiday

all inclusive holidays

Quite often people look at me like I’m mad when we say we’re taking the kids abroad for our holiday. We’ve done so ever since our eldest was three years old and yes, it’s not always a barrel of laughs when you’ve got a tired toddler but we always take the hassle out of it by opting to go all-inclusive when booking our holiday package.

We’re off to the Canary Islands in a few weeks time over the Easter break and I can’t wait. Booking was pretty simple and with all-inclusive we’re safe in the knowledge that their aren’t any hidden extras; luggage allowance, flights and transfers are all included. We like the Canary Islands as the weathers pretty reliable throughout the year and the flight time isn’t too gruelling when you have multiple kids in tow.


We’re staying at a hotel we’ve stayed at previously which makes me even more excited as I know how fantastic the food, drink and snack options are throughout the day. I don’t know about your kids but mine graze constantly. They could be hungry 10 mins after we’ve left the breakfast table and will be crying out for a drink after just 5 minutes of swimming. Knowing we can help ourselves to food and drink throughout the day means we’re not dipping into our pockets or needing to carry cash around the hotel which is a big weight off our minds. It can soon add up if you’re paying out for each and every drink and snack or equally, you feel bad having to say no when you’re supposed to be having fun. It’s also this pregnant woman’s idea of paradise!


Although we do like to get out of the hotel and see other parts of the town or island we’re staying on there really isn’t any need. The older two kids are usually wrapped up in kids clubs or day time activities on the complex and Elsie has been known to spend time in nursery so Matt and I can truly relax – even if it is just for an hour or two. A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without a little down time!


When you look at the value for money you’re getting by going all-inclusive it really is a no-brainer. We barely take any cash with us when we go – just a little bit of spending money for the kids and perhaps a few souvenirs. We’re already planning our 2018 break and the first must have on our list is that it must be all-inclusive. After all the bigger the kids the bigger the appetites!



  1. Shannon
    March 6, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Hi Caroline, Shannon here and new reader!

    I love that you don’t allow having children hinder your vacations. Ive been desperately trying to plan a Disney World trip here in the States but when a baby boy due in May, I kind of put it off. Your vacation seems like you had such a blast and looking forward to cute photos of your upcoming easter vacation too.

    xx Shannon // http://www.duedatediaries.com

    • admin
      March 22, 2017 / 10:07 am

      Hi Shannon and thank you so much for taking the time to read. I love hearing from new readers 🙂 I definitely try not to let having kids stop me doing things I’ve always wanted to do and I also like to think it’s enriching their lives. i hope you make it to Disney World eventually – it was my most favourite holiday as a child.

  2. Stevie
    March 6, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I’ve been daydreaming about a hot holiday today, as the wind and rain have been doing their thing outside 😉 Hope you have a fantastic holiday when the time comes 🙂

    Stevie x

    • admin
      March 22, 2017 / 10:05 am

      I’m getting so excited now – only a few weeks away but packing for five people seems like a mammoth task!

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