Yesterday on Twice the Mum, I wrote about Planning the Ultimate Family Holiday, but today on Journeys Are My Diary, I want to talk about a much more imminent break (and far cheaper too). In a couple of weekends time, Chris, the girls and I will be going away for a few days – technically to Berwick Upon Tweed, but also to Edinburgh.
While this might sound a little random, it isn’t at all really. As a family, we were originally supposed to be going to France this half term holiday – specifically to Paris. However when Chris went for a job interview in July or August (I don’t remember which) there was a chance that if he got it, we’d have to cancel our holiday as it overlapped the training period. In the end, this resulted in us discussing the plans, the money etc. and actually cancelling the holiday (especially with Christmas and Florida coming up) as it all seemed for the best. Sadly Chris didn’t get the job (well he did, but he doesn’t start until November) and so it was all for nothing – though I know deep down its probably saved us a lot of money and is really for the best. However waiting all the way to April next year for Florida, seemed like an awfully long time to wait for a little time away. In the end, I decided we could do something one weekend in October, around the half term break. To Megan, Lily and Chris I offered three choices – London (our usual go-to place) to see a musical and just get away for a while – Dublin, a place the girls haven’t been before and somewhere one of our friends has just moved to so a good excuse for a visit – or Berwick (with the view to visiting Edinburgh one day) where one of my best friends Amy lives and we’ve all never been before. Berwick won hands down and so I booked us a Travelodge for a couple of nights and began to make plans.
Though I didn’t realise at the time when I booked the Travelodge, the girls are luckily off school on the Friday we were to go away. Therefore instead of traveling up after school, we get to set off in the morning and have more time away. The Travelodge is booked for Friday and Saturday night and while it wasn’t massively expensive, it did cost me about £75 in total. Our rough plan right now is to leave some time after breakfast/mid-morning, take a pack up with us and eat lunch on the way. Then when we get to Berwick, drop in to see Amy and eventually check into the Travelodge and figure out what we’ll do for dinner.
On the Saturday, our plan is to spend the whole day in Edinburgh. I’ve been before, but only once and while Megan and Lily have also been, Megan was about 3 and Lily was a baby. Since its new to the majority, we’re going to go visit Edinburgh Castle, then probably wander around for a bit and see the sights. We booked the tickets to the Castle last night and in the end they cost us £51.20 for all four of us. Since I paid for the accommodation, Chris kindly paid for the castle and I imagine the rest of the trip we’ll try to share between us.
The main place I’d like to visit in Edinburgh is actually The Elephant House. For those of you who don’t know, this is where JK Rowling often went while writing her Harry Potter books. There’s no real reason I need to go there to be honest, but the fangirl inside of me would just like to say I’ve been. Other than that though, my main ambition for the day is to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe. There are only four of these in existence in the UK and only two of them in England. Until now I’ve never been and I would just love to go!
Finally, after a day in Edinburgh (and hopefully dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe) no doubt we’ll head back to the Travelodge and crash out. The next day is Sunday and we’re hoping to spend majority of the day with Amy and Liv, before eventually heading home in time to meet the girls dad as it will be his night to have them. I imagine its going to be a busy weekend but I can’t wait to get away. It seems like forever since we all had some family time away from home and this will be a lovely (and fairly cheap) chance for a break. After that we’ll be cold turkey until Florida – saving up the pennies in order to spend hundreds I’m sure!