Last time we went abroad with our eldest three children together they looked like this:
It is horrifying to think that this was almost 13 years ago!
We have had holiday’s in between but they were all in the UK, usually in a caravan somewhere in Cornwall or the Isle of Wight. The last holiday we had all together was to Coombe Mill in Cornwall for Christmas 2014, which I had thought of as our last full family holiday.
I had thought that the days of holidaying with us parents had been and gone, however, whenever we go abroad they always moan that we are not taking them with us.
Far from enjoying holiday’s abroad with their friends, they choose to stay in the UK and I do wonder if it is because we didn’t give them a bug for travelling when they were younger, although last year Abbey went to Gambia to help rebuild a school as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and had the time of her life, scaring me with images of her holding snakes and stood next to crocodiles.
Callan has been busy paying for driving lessons and finally passed his driving test last month. He has already driven to London with his friends and I am hopeful that now he doesn’t have the expense of lessons he can save for a holiday. We will definitely not be volunteering to appear on Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents!
Kian is currently doing his GCSE’s and like any teenager is feeling the pressure, with the school asking him to stay until the early evening for revision sessions, but we try to give him the opportunity to de-stress as often as possible.
I would love to take them away somewhere exotic this summer and the place that springs to mind is Dubai as it has so much for us all to enjoy.
My boys are adrenalin junkies and I know that they would adore nothing more than racing around the sand dunes onboard a dune buggy, probably terrifying me and their sister as they did it.
Personally, having just experienced a balloon flight here over Dorset, I would love to catch the rising sun at 4,000 feet on an airborne adventure, viewing the vast expanse of golden sand dunes from the comfort of a gentle Hot Air Balloon ride.
When Abbey, Callan and Kian were younger they were all taken flying in a small plane but our pilot friend. I know they are keen to fly again and I think they will be in their element soaring over the Atlantis and Burj Al Arab in a helicopter, and buzzing the Burj Khalifa and the Arabian Gulf coastline.
Heading back down to earth, well almost, the Tower of Neptune water slide at the Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis Paradise Island is also a must do as the teens love our own local water park, Splashdown. I am pretty much game for anything but I may be the one at the bottom taking pictures for this one!
As a young woman, there is one thing that Abbey loves to do – shop!! With world-class malls that take shopping experiences to a completely new level, Dubai is one place where you can shop till you drop and with the largest Mall in the world, the Dubai Mall, it will certainly whet her appetite and if we all tire of shopping we could cool off at the indoor ski mountain.
I think the teens and I would love to put Dubai to the test as a family and teen friendly destination to visit!
This post is my entry in to the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge to win a family holiday to Dubai. Don’t forget that there is a second chance to win as the best reader comment on the winning challenge blog post will win their own family break to Dubai too!