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I am looking for some ideas for a once in a lifetime type holiday. Our kids are current 2 and 4 years old. One idea is to go to lapland over Christmas in 2 years time, estimated cost about £1k per per… Read More
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4m, 4d agoPosted 4 months, 4 days ago
I am looking for some ideas for a once in a lifetime type holiday. Our kids are current 2 and 4 years old. One idea is to go to lapland over Christmas in 2 years time, estimated cost about £1k per person for 4 nights, which is a lot but people who have gone have been really positive about it but is only a 4 night trip.

Second idea is the obvious Disney World Florida for 2 weeks when they are older (about 8 and 10 about a good age?). I have no idea of the cost but guess all in would be about £8k??

I personally like the idea of 1 month traveling across somewhere like Morocco in a land rover. Either to buy and then sell the vehicle or to hire it. I have no idea of cost or if I could convince the wife. I think it would give the kids a real experience of life and adventure.

I am interested in any ideas or experiences that people have had good or bad. I have no problem in saving up and planning to spend the money but obviously you can't do everything and so want to narrow it down and set a plan. Any costs or ideal ages for kids would be good input :)

Thanks in advance
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4m, 4d agoPosted 4 months, 4 days ago
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#1
I would aim for all 3 in a lifetime - I would wait until the children are a bit older for lapland, as that's an awful lot of money to spend on something so short.

Florida is great for kids and better to wait until they are at least 1.4m high so they can go on all rides. We did it when I was 13, sister 15 - we still talk about it sometimes.

Personally I think the travelling is a great idea and at any age - maybe the younger the better so less issues with school holidays...
#2
You might wanna wait until they're old enough to remember a once in a lifetime holiday!
#3
Mermoo
I would aim for all 3 in a lifetime - I would wait until the children are a bit older for lapland, as that's an awful lot of money to spend on something so short.
Florida is great for kids and better to wait until they are at least 1.4m high so they can go on all rides. We did it when I was 13, sister 15 - we still talk about it sometimes.
Personally I think the travelling is a great idea and at any age - maybe the younger the better so less issues with school holidays...

You are right there is always the chance to do more than one depending on which ones we do and other circumstances. Eldest one is already at school so that is already a factor to add in (unless we take them out during term time). Thanks for input :)
#4
PenguinsForAll
You might wanna wait until they're old enough to remember a once in a lifetime holiday!


Pontins is a once in a lifetime holiday. Never ever going back there again! LoL.
#5
PenguinsForAll
You might wanna wait until they're old enough to remember a once in a lifetime holiday!

Agree, not saying that we would necessarily do Lapland in 2 years time but that would be the earliest. But what is the right age for certain ideas (like Disney world?). Plus would rather save a bit each year then to put it on the plastic and be paying for years to come :)

Edited By: scholesy on Jan 22, 2017 12:18
#6
we went to Saudi Arabia when I was about 8 or 9 den stopped in Egypt for a day because of plane problem but because of having a British passport we got a small tour of the pyramids and palace of perfume but I wasn't well I stayed in the coach in Egypt and still remember the trip vaguely but recently been a few times to Pakistan at different ages but best memories are honestly in childhood so wherever ever you plan to go I would recommend you go when they are under 13 but still take mini holidays in the meantime like trips to lightwater valley local beaches alton towers etc so you can save for that once in a lifetime holiday and you don't know what the future holds so atleast they can treasure these
#7
sum786
we went to Saudi Arabia when I was about 8 or 9 den stopped in Egypt for a day because of plane problem but because of having a British passport we got a small tour of the pyramids and palace of perfume but I wasn't well I stayed in the coach in Egypt and still remember the trip vaguely but recently been a few times to Pakistan at different ages but best memories are honestly in childhood so wherever ever you plan to go I would recommend you go when they are under 13 but still take mini holidays in the meantime like trips to lightwater valley local beaches alton towers etc so you can save for that once in a lifetime holiday and you don't know what the future holds so atleast they can treasure these


Egypt is definitely on my bucket list and would probably be a family holiday for a week along the way. And agree we will have 'normal' holidays including a lot of camping in the mean time. Talking to the converted about not knowing what the future holds, our first child passed away when he was 2. Maybe that is one reason why I want to give them something special but also want to make sure they remember..........

I like ideas of some destinations that are not 'typical'
[Travel Expert]#8
What about a safari? I think that's an amazing experience and can be educational too, the animals, the African villages. You can put a trip together and have a private tour guide that takes you on the game drives as a family.

It may not be a typical destination but the kids would never want to see a zoo again! I'm just not sure if the youngest would enjoy it. You can also stay in tented camps too within the parks (some are very posh).

I'd also say that you can put together a Lapland trip much cheaper than the 4 night ones and turn it into a proper adventure. Overnight train from Sweden to Lapland for example. It just depends how adventurous you are!

Edited By: rachelandgromit on Jan 22, 2017 12:58
#9
Cuba is great, away from the resorts. You can stay in people's homes, on a B&B basis if you want ( Casa Particulares) from beach side by the Caribbean beaches (Playa de Ancon/Trinidad) to cowboy country and Indian Caves in Vinales (the north west), to central and south with nature reserves and turtle sanctuaries. Amazing scenery, food's great and there's music and colour everywhere. You can hire a car, though roads are rubbish, sometimes, but the people and scenery are extraordinary and there are good buses. I don't know how much it's changed since the USA got in on the act, but there are very rural areas a world away from Havana. Swimming, snorkelling, riding, walking, splashing about on the beach if that's your thing - there aren't theme parks as we know them, (it's a genuinely poor country in material terms) but that's one of the things that make it so different. I loved it all.
#10
When we had the just 1 child we went to Morroco but she doesnt remember a thing now a little older we took the kids during a 1 week xmas break to Hurghada Egypt and 10 months later to Turkey. The big 2 aged 8 and 5 remember everything and youngest almost 2 enjoyed himself there but probably won't remember anything. Definetly worth it just for the memories esp wih it being first family holidays and with the grandparents. I like the sound of Disney land but would wait til they are a little older. Hoping to take them away again later in the year to a different place. Nice to have a once in a lifetime trip aswell as the occassional getaway.

Edited By: samzam on Jan 22, 2017 13:28
#11
Antarctica cruise before all the ice vanishes. The ships embark from Argentina in Dec/Jan.
#12
I have fantastic childhood memories of family holidays to nowhere special. By which I think that the kids can enjoy anywhere if you tick a few boxes (pool etc) and spend time with them.
#13
Boringgit
I have fantastic childhood memories of family holidays to nowhere special. By which I think that the kids can enjoy anywhere if you tick a few boxes (pool etc) and spend time with them.

Understand completely, we normally have holidays in out trailer tent and the kids love it. Thinking of a couple of special holidays as much as for us as it is for the kids. Always nice to have something to look forward to (even if it is 8 years away!) I think different countries can offer different experience. I travel abroad a bit for work and get to experience things that broaden your mind.....
#14
tempt
Antarctica cruise before all the ice vanishes. The ships embark from Argentina in Dec/Jan.

That is something different. Any idea on prices? Again some thing for when they are a bit older :)
#15
scholesy
tempt
Antarctica cruise before all the ice vanishes. The ships embark from Argentina in Dec/Jan.
That is something different. Any idea on prices? Again some thing for when they are a bit older :)
average 20+ day tour average £6000 each shared cabin but normally alot more.There are many different types of Antarctica tours depending on what you want to see and do that was just a rough price

Edited By: archer1204 on Jan 22, 2017 14:17
#16
Have you ever been here its Plitvice Lakes in Croatia very reasonable flights great accommodation lots to see Split,Zadar,Dubrovnik
http://www.president-zagreb.com/mobile/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Plitvice-Lakes-National-Park-Croatia.jpg
#17
archer1204
Have you ever been here its Plitvice Lakes in Croatia very reasonable flights great accommodation lots to see Split,Zadar,Dubrovnik

That looks amazing! Closest I have been is Austria and Romania but my uncle went to Dubrovnik and said how impressed he was and recommended it. Could be a good in between 'big' holiday. Thanks for input

Edited By: scholesy on Jan 22, 2017 14:27
banned#18
TheDobbus
I know a lot of people will vote me down on this, but we went on an amazing hunting holiday in South Africa. My youngest was 8 at the time and was really happy as he shot his first gazelle, was an amazing experience

Hopefully his last gazelle
#19
YouDontWantToKnow
TheDobbus
I know a lot of people will vote me down on this, but we went on an amazing hunting holiday in South Africa. My youngest was 8 at the time and was really happy as he shot his first gazelle, was an amazing experience
Hopefully his last gazelle
I feel bad, I was lying... Never been hunting and wouldn't. I do think a safari would be cool tho (without the guns) that's always been on my bucket list along with Canada.
#20
Florida is brilliant for kids. I'd wait until the youngest is 6 to get the most out of it. You need them to be tall enough to go on all the rides but they are still young enough to enjoy all the Disney magic. Also it's a tiring holiday and if you're spending a lot of money you want to be able to make the most of it, not spend your time with tired, weepy children.

Road trip around California, Arizona, Nevada is amazing as well, although I would wait until the youngest is at least 10 for this because there can be a lot of driving at times.

Wait at least 3 years before you do Lapland. Again you're likely to be spending a lot of money doing this so you want them to remember it.

No reason why you can't do all of them (funds permitting of course). Life is for living and I firmly believe that children will look back on what they have done, not whether they have had the latest consoles or not, so make sure that they have some great experiences.
#21
Wait for at least 8 years for once in a lifetime holiday kids are very young to remember anything.
#22
took kids to florida youngest was 2 (nearly 3) and eldest 8. eldest had been twice b4 at 3 and 4. she remembers lots especially tigger being very excited and breaking her mum's sunglasses. Disney is great with or without going on rides. it's a holiday you make what you want for it. go somewhere you will relax and save up what you can afford. many holidays are ruined by unforseen costs. my wee boy is 3 n half now and still talks bout things he did in florida like chuckie cheese and meeting characters so was well worth it. few more years and either something else or back to florida. if you do pick florida Google the dibb. it will help loads.
#23
Scotland, Canada, Peru, Forida
[Travel Expert]#24
scholesy
tempt
Antarctica cruise before all the ice vanishes. The ships embark from Argentina in Dec/Jan.
That is something different. Any idea on prices? Again some thing for when they are a bit older :)

Spent Christmas (not last year, year before) in Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands. It was amazing but it was certainly once in a lifetime. The cost was very, very expensive. Estimate around £4K each at the lowest (we went with a company called Ponant and got a great deal) and that doesn't include airfare.

Edited By: rachelandgromit on Jan 22, 2017 21:43
#25
Skegness is beautiful at this time of year but can be very expensive
#26
pretronasandrew
Skegness is beautiful at this time of year but can be very expensive

He he, we are not actually that far from the seaside capital!
#27
derbyshireterrier
Florida is brilliant for kids. I'd wait until the youngest is 6 to get the most out of it. You need them to be tall enough to go on all the rides but they are still young enough to enjoy all the Disney magic. Also it's a tiring holiday and if you're spending a lot of money you want to be able to make the most of it, not spend your time with tired, weepy children.
Road trip around California, Arizona, Nevada is amazing as well, although I would wait until the youngest is at least 10 for this because there can be a lot of driving at times.
Wait at least 3 years before you do Lapland. Again you're likely to be spending a lot of money doing this so you want them to remember it.
No reason why you can't do all of them (funds permitting of course). Life is for living and I firmly believe that children will look back on what they have done, not whether they have had the latest consoles or not, so make sure that they have some great experiences.

Thanks, Agree about experience over possessions! Just trying to plan rather than get to 5 years time then think 'oh, that would be a great holiday but haven't got the money for it'. We might end up doing a couple of these big holidays if money permits and its want the whole family wants (I'm not going to force them to go to Disney if they are not interested, lol)
#28
Vietnam, spent 3 weeks travelling from south to North and it was amazing. For the 3 of us cost under 4 grand including flights as it's so cheap when you get there
#29
scholesy
PenguinsForAll
You might wanna wait until they're old enough to remember a once in a lifetime holiday!
Agree, not saying that we would necessarily do Lapland in 2 years time but that would be the earliest. But what is the right age for certain ideas (like Disney world?). Plus would rather save a bit each year then to put it on the plastic and be paying for years to come :)


I think 9-11 is a good starting age to remember things well into adulthood.

You could always go camping each year, great memories of that in my childhood and it's really cheap to do.

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