Last summer we took our first ever family holiday abroad with our two year old toddler. It was unforeseen, unplanned and incredibly last minute but we were deliriously happy and grateful that we were able to take one. A fortuitous series of events meant that we could actually take a holiday for the first time in three years, and it was, hands down the most exciting thing that had happened to us since we moved house last spring. With only a week between booking and actually going on holiday (very uncharacteristic of us), we very quickly got ourselves organised and packed, and before we knew it we were jetting off to warmer, sunnier climes.
We’re not a hugely spontaneous family and actually, one of our family goals this year is to go on more adventures together, be those mini ones or big ones. Because we learned last summer that spontaneity is indeed the spice of life. So starting as we mean to go on, we have booked a family holiday this summer to Mauritius when our newest family member will be no more than a couple of months old. This time last year we would have thought ourselves crazy, but we have learned that life is too short to miss out on adventures.
Our holiday to Cyprus was a simple but lovely holiday, filled with wonderful mini adventures that made for a life time of wonderful memories. Warm, lazy days filled fun, laughter, happiness and the joy of just being together. In those four days we did more and saw more than I ever thought we would, with trips to far flung beaches across the island, to a hot sweaty walk around a zoo where even the animals sought out shelter from the sun. Days out and drives in our little rental car, to lunches by the pool and dinners along the seafront.
We learnt in those four days that holidays with little ones can be as wonderful as they are before you start as family. As long as you have a great destination and a lovely place to stay like James Villas, you can have a perfect family holiday. We have been to some wonderful places in our life time including Bali, Hong Kong, Mauritius and the Seychelles, but my heart has never felt so happy and light as it did that summer in Cyprus, and so it will be etched forever there as my favourite summer holiday.
This year we start as we mean to go on with a year of adventures and would love to make some of our first holiday memories as a family of four with James Villas.
This post is part of our James Villas #SummerLove entry.