So I am the queen of the last minute holidays. I don’t mean to be. I have every intention of planning it a year in advance, and usually I spend hours trawling the internet upon the return of our latest holiday. It is all part of my holiday blues process but I never actually manage to book anything. This means I end up in a situation like I am now… looking for last minute half term holidays.
I am an organised person (mostly); I like plans, lists and order. The idea of last minute freaks me out a little. In an ideal world I would be half packed already for our departure next week. I would ideally have a reading list set out and an idea of our destination. But nope! Last minute Minnie strikes again. Fortunately Ellie is at school so I only have one child to
distract keep entertained whilst I search for our last minute holiday.
Despite the stress last minute causes me there are some fantastic benefits to booking a last minute half term holiday.
There is something really exciting about not knowing where you are going. It gives me a real sense that the world is at my finger tips and I can choose to go anywhere I want. The possibilities are endless. Of course this is always the case but there is something about last minute holidays that accentuates this feeling for me.
When I come back from a holiday with the idea of booking for the following year my search gets so overwhelming. Some providers already have discounts, some don’t. Some “deals” are not actually deals. It is a mine field. The joy with last minute offers is they really are deals and there are loads of places to look for these deals including last minute holidays with Holiday Gems.
Without loads of time to build up the anticipation for a holiday it is hard to be disappointed. I am especially bad at this. I think a holiday is going to be amazing because I have spent months looking at photos and reading reviews. Sometimes stalking Instagram accounts. Only to be a little disappointed that the holiday hasn’t lived up to my expectations.
The idea of booking a holiday to leave tomorrow and then have to run around packing does have a certain adrenaline rush to it (in a good way). The excitement of going on holiday can reach a peak really quickly which means the whole family are heading to the airport on a high. Happy spirits can only be a good thing when traveling and children are mixed.
It is good to be spontaneous occasionally. Once kids come into your life things can become so routine focused and this gets even worse once school enters the equation. A little spontaneity can inject a little fun back into family life. Far from being stressful it can actually help you relax and let go.
Would you book last minute?
So would you book last minute? Would you enjoy the spontaneity or would the planning be more preferable to you? Go on… give it a go.
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