I hope that anyone reading this is having a great summer so far. This post is a little different to my usual blog posts. If you follow my blog and/or Instagram you’ll know that most of my posts are about mental health and the occasional parenting tips 😊 but today I just simply wanted to share some photos and details of our family trip to Spain that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed.(I took a fair few selfies on this holiday – oops 😕)
Last Tuesday we came to Albir Garden Resort for a week of sun & fun. We hadn’t been abroad as a family since the summer of 2016 to Lanzarote (which was another lovely trip) so we were genuinely super excited. My son had already been in Spain for a week and a half with my dad’s side of the family and then Joe and myself eagerly met him out here. Albir Garden Resort also has a brilliant water park within the resort which we’ve spent most days playing in at some point during the day 😂 it is a 3.5/4 star family resort that has 2 large swimming pools, evening entertainment, kids club, a big lounge/game room, large restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner (depending what board you book – half board, full board etc) and we’ve really enjoyed it. Below are some photos from the hotel 😊
It’s a great location as it’s right in the town centre of Albir and only a 15 minute walk from the beach (although, not a sandy beach. Pebbles! Still beautiful nonetheless) along the beach front there’s a ton of restaurants, shops and arcades etc. And if you want to walk a little further on from the beach (about another 20-30 minutes, or a short 5 minute taxi ride) you can also go into the Altea town centre which is even more beautiful, especially if you walk to the old town. Below are some photos from Altea town! 😊
So, all in all, a great holiday and great location. If you ever go to the south or east of Spain, Altea or Albir are the places to go. Albeit, very hot this time of year (late 30’s) I still highly recommend 😊 there are tons of local activities such as swimming with dolphins, a zoo, a huge theme park, rent a boat, snorkelling/swimming trips, theatre, shops & more. The locals are friendly and accommodating and speak good English.
I’m currently sat in the “lounge” area of the hotel where there’s lots of sofas and different arcade games to play, along with a bar. Ben loves it in here. There’s computers, an Xbox with a big screen playing multiple games, snooker/pool, air hockey, grab machines etc. Lots to keep you entertained.
We still have the rest of the day here as our flight home to England isn’t until 02:15am (Spanish time) which is great because it means we still get all day and evening here, but it also means we have no room to go back to now to take a little nap or get out of the sun and into the cool room when it gets way too hot around midday 😂 Please tell me I’m not the only one who likes to have a little daytime nap on holiday?! Am I getting too old before my time?
(Ben enjoying the Xbox in the lounge/game room)
Let’s talk kids on flights!
Luckily, a trip to Spain only take 2.5 hours from London so it’s much easier to keep the kids entertained and occupied on a flight this short. However, we have been on longer flights before. We make sure to pack crayons, colouring books, activity books, card games and the games consoles (we have a Nintendo Switch and a Nintendo 2DS) all of these things keep Ben entertained enough for the duration of his flights. We also play I Spy and games like that too. What does everyone else do to keep their kids entertained on flights? Do you have any tips? If so, please comment below! 😊
Finally – Ben’s ears 😢
Ben has struggled with problem after problem, infection are infection, glue ear that has lasted years on end. So taking him abroad is always a worry for me. The flights can hurt his ears and keep them that way for a few days afterwards and the water can also make them very sore for him. Ben’s ears were fine with the water up until about 4 days ago and they have since been very sore for him so I’ve had to keep him topped up on calpol to help ease the pain and I try to encourage him to either wear a swimming hat that will cover his ears or swimming ear plugs so that water doesn’t get into his ears anymore. I also ask him not to do any tricks under the water either as that can cause water to get right in his ears (e.g rolly polly under water, spinning under water, handstands etc)
What I usually do before I take Ben abroad is take him to our doctor and ask her to prescribe him some ear drops to prevent infection just in case he gets an infection from all the water (which is 95% certain to happen, and his doctor knows he is exceptionally prone to ear infections if water gets in his ears) and we make sure to take plenty of calpol to help with any pain he may feel. It’s difficult because I’m constantly in two minds when we go away on holiday – I don’t want to stop Ben from enjoying the water on holiday because he absolutely loves going under water and doing under water tricks, but at the same time I’m a concerned parent who doesn’t want his ears to get sore for him. So I have to come to some kind of middle. Hence the swimming hat, ear plugs and ear drops just incase! Better to be safe than sorry 😊
I hope everyone has enjoyed reading this post about our trip to Spain, I tried not to blabber on too much and in too much detail, just covering the main points as quickly as I could. I love reading blog posts about family trips away because it gives me good ideas and recommendations on where to take my family next ❤️ I definitely recommend Altea / Albir in Spain!
I'm a 28 year old mum to a 9 year old son -- yep that's right, I gave birth to my son at the young age of 18 (just before my 19th birthday) with some of these past 8 years being a single mother. I have suffered with anxiety from the young age of 8 and have never truly gotten over it. I am a very normal, real, down to Earth mum who wants to share my high's and low's of being a mum suffering with anxiety which is still, surprisingly, a bit of a taboo subject. There is nothing I haven't been through when it comes to anxiety, panic attacks and PTSD and over the last 8 years I have found ways to cope with it whilst being the best mum I can be to my son. I have made mistakes, some hilarious, some not so hilarious. But I am here to open up about this taboo subject of parents suffering with mental health issues and I am here to share my weird and wonderful life with you. This is the secret life of an anxious mum.
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