Later this week me and the Mr are off on holiday.
We sat down on rainy sunday afternoon a month ago and had a think about what type of holiday we'd like. We came to the conclusion that although there are huge benefits for all inclusive type holidays it just isn’t us.What we really want is freedom to do whatever we fancy,eat whatever we want and come and go as we please.
I think my expectations of holidays are massively built around what we did as a family when I was younger and the experiences and memories those holidays have left me with. The majority of my family holidays were spent in either France, Spain or Italy, exploring the local towns,eating divine food and generally just having a brilliant time.
Part of what made those holidays so brilliant was that we holidayed each year with Eurocamp. If you don’t know Eurocamp.. you should. They have been running for years and offer reasonably priced stays at their sites across Europe- they offer a variety of accommodation types from mobile homes, impressive canvas tents, safari tents,tree houses and more!
Eurocamp holidays tend to mean you experience so much more than you would on an all inclusive holiday in my opinion; although you are based on a campsite much like an all inclusive resort, their sites are placed in areas that have a lot going on in the surrounding towns/villages. It means that you aren't restricted to just staying on the site and you get to experience the country you visit much like the locals would do!
Your going to be hearing a lot more about Eurocamp on my blog and social media over the next few weeks so I thought I’d do a little intro to run alongside their #holidayhighlights social media campaign!
I can’t even remember the first time we went to Eurocamp, which site we stayed at and how old I was, but the reason behind this is because we’ve had SO many amazing holidays over the years with Eurocamp they all merge into a bundle of happy memories- I want to share some of those #holidayhighlights with you all!
#Holidayhighlight number 1-Family time
We loved that when you arrive at a Eurocamp site its like disconnecting from the rest of the world for a bit. Of course back in the days when I was a little one the internet wasn't a huge important thing in my life so it wasn't so much getting away from technology, it was just about getting to spend some quality time with my parents. Nowadays I can imagine taking kids to a Eurocamp site is very much about disconnecting from the internet,computer games and social media. Getting them back into exploring their surroundings and enjoying the more simple things in life like playing! I'm looking forward to this element of our upcoming holiday strangely- being uncontactable for 10 days unless I choose to go to the bar to use wifi is going to be quite strange but at the same time quite relaxing.
I also love looking back on the evenings when we used to sit outside our tent playing Uno with my mum and dad. Those games used to get really competitive! Oh and I loved that each night we would have a BBQ just because we could... you don't get that on every holiday do you?!
#HolidayHighlight number 2- Doing something different for less....
Eurocamp has been so flexible for us as a family- on your standard package holidays you normally pay a price per person but with Eurocamp you pay for the accommodation you stay in. This meant that me and my brother got to take friends away with us without making it more expensive for my parents! We also, on a number of our holidays arranged for our cousins, aunties and uncles to come to the same site and have a Eurocamp tent near us. This meant we could all have a big family holiday without the huge expense of an all inclusive type package!
On all of our Eurocamp trips over the years we've always opted for the tents- the classic tents sleep 6 (4 adults max) and is SO much fun. Yeah,its camping but you still have the luxury of electricity, a fridge, cooker and most importantly a comfy bed!
Look at me and my little brother.. aren't we cute!!
#Holidayhighlight number 3- Freedom
As a kid I remember arriving at the chosen campsite and having that feeling of freedom. The freedom to find the best tree to climb,pool to swim in and snack to buy from the onsite shop. Me and my brother loved being able to go out on our bikes without our parents worrying too much about us as they knew we wouldn't leave the site and that we'd look out for each other. We also used to love taking advantage of the onsite kids clubs that Eurocamp put on for the little ones!
We had huge freedom about our holiday planning; on a number of occasions stayed one week at a site then move to another site in a different area. Obviously when I was little I had no idea how all this stuff worked but my mum has reported that the Eurocamp team have always been so helpful when wanting to spread your holiday over 2 or more sites, they do all the booking and organising, you just turn up!
|One year our tent got flooded so Eurocamp put us up in one of their mobile homes!|
As a family we also loved the element of freedom Eurocamp holidays give you in terms of exploring. We have stayed on so many sites over the years and every one has been so well positioned to towns,shopping facilities,beaches and generally just good stuff for families to do on a holiday. We've always tended to take the car with us as it means you can get about more but Eurocamp do say that some of their sites are so well positioned you can go for a car-free holiday if you like.
#Holidayhighlight number 4- All the fun things....
Wow look at that outfit I'm rockin! One year we stayed at a Eurocamp site near Paris and of course we had to pay a visit to Disneyland. I remember being SO excited about the theme park and also that we were staying so close by. It meant we didn't have the awfully long drive home afterwards and we could go back another day to make sure we saw the whole theme park and not have to cram it all into one day.
Other fun things I remember from our Eurocamp holidays are the times we did fishing at the local lakes and then cooked and ate our catch and the huge coincidence of meeting one of my school friends on a site in the south of France.
#Holidayhightlight number 5- Getting there
Part of the whole Eurocamp adventure is the getting to the site. We have been on all sorts of epic car journeys over the years; we once drove all the way through France to get to a site in Spain! My mum was always so prepared for these journeys, I remember so well the holiday goody bags she used to make for us to keep us entertained and quiet whilst she tackled a map. Of course these days you can take iPads and all sorts of gadgets to keep kids quiet in the back but I loved just reading a good book whilst we travelled.
Looking through the old photos from our trips has got me even more excited about our holiday! I can't wait for the Mr to experience Eurocamp holiday and to see what its like going back as an adult. Oh and even more exciting news... I'm actually working with Eurocamp on a project whilst away so I will be publishing more posts on my blog about my experience and also on their website blog when I get back!
Have you ever been away with Eurocamp?
What are your fave holiday memories?