I’m a huge fan of short breaks. Since we became parents I’m an even bigger fan of short breaks with kids! A mini holiday is a fabulous way to escape from the daily grind, get some fresh air and learn new things, all without breaking the bank.
Getting away on a big holiday can be really hard with small children. Often funds and time are very limited. Plus you virtually need a semi-trailer just to carry all the equipment you need with you!
But none of that means we have to stay put in Melbourne. With a little bit of research and dash of good planning, a short break needn’t cost you much more than a day out.
Here are 7 advantages I’ve found of taking short breaks with kids.
1. Short breaks are cheaper
It’s a no-brainer, but it’s an obvious one. Fewer nights away means lower accommodation costs,
2. You’ll spend less time in the car
Less time umpiring about who’s looking out whose window and who hit who first.
And more time actually enjoying your holiday.
3. Packing for a mini break is simple
One night away means one change of clothes (or two for the kids – just in case) and you can skip a lot of the usual essentials, like shampoo and conditioner (they’ll live for just one night).
If you forget junior’s favourite teddy or blanky they’ll live for just one night.
4. Pets will look after themselves
If you’ve got kids, chances are you’ve got a family dog or cat as well. Load up the bowl and chances are they’ll be fine for just one night. And if not, it’s much easier to find someone to look after Scruffy for ‘just one night’.
5. Work doesn’t even have to know
No application for annual leave, no handover to someone else to cover your load while you’re gone.
6. Mini breaks can be taken outside of school holidays
Avoid the crowds, the hefty surcharges and the relentless pull of organised activities.
7. Take shorter breaks, more often
Instead of paying for 14 nights away in January for the family holiday – in peak season – taking a 7 night holiday in January plus 3-4 shorter holidays during the year will make you feel like your next break is just around the corner.
Where will your family’s next short break be?
To help you decide, I’ll be writing about a few of my family’s favourite destinations in Victoria in my Short Breaks With Kids series:
Handy information to get your started on your next holiday with kids
You might also like these great posts from my colleagues on holidaying with families!:
- Beach day basics for families – what you need to take for a great day out
- 10 things you didn’t know you could do with Wikicamps – an app to find walking trails, campsites and more
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What’s your family’s favourite short break destination?