Thursday, 18 August 2011

The perils of the larger family

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Yesterday I admitted that I am not usually responsible for organising holidays at our place. But then I had to do it because it didn't get done. And you know what? I learnt something. Booking accommodation when you have more than two children is a nightmare (especially when you are doing it last minute). I much prefer camping.

Apart from the legalities of having more than three children in a 'family room' at a hotel/motel, there really isn't enough space. it is not like you are 'just sleeping' in your accommodation. Kids need a lot more 'down time' than that. So hotels/motels are out.

There are lots of two bedroom 'apartment' style self-catered places around. But two bedrooms isn't big enough when you have four children. It is hard enough getting them to sleep when there are two of them sharing. Which means you need more rooms, but three and four bedroom apartments are hard to come by. And they are really expensive because of it.

So you try for the 'holiday house' rental (which are great but you have to book a lot earlier than the day before. Just a tip!). But even they aren't always set up for the family of six. Most have two double bedded rooms and one with two singles. Sharing a room is hard enough, can you imagine two little kids sharing a bed? That has disaster written all over it.

I am beginning to see why people with larger families tend to have 'favourite' holiday destinations. They go to the same places over and over again. A  case of if you find something that works, stick to it?

So tell me. Have you organised a holiday for a 'larger' family? How did/do you manage the logistics?

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes! We also have four little people, and it is really hard to find a place that doesn't either a) panic about how many children we have or b) try to charge so many extra fees. I don't think four children is uber many, but definitely think that the house rental is better than the tiny cabin/unit. We went away just last week and I have never been so happy to get home after a few days in a tiny little box! Prue

Erin said...

We're heading out tomorrow to the Outback, imagine; 9 kids, 3 days on the road, should be a blast;) We're off to the Isa.

we're tenting this trip, I've rung a few caravan parks and made tentative bookings, reasonable for 11 people, $40-55 per night. Unpowered tent sites but this will give us access to barbies and showers. then again we may get adventurous and camp off the side of the ride, apparently it is how it is done up there.

Last family holiday we did the beach holiday, quieter beach towns in off peak time are more affordable for a large family. Renting a whole house for a week is the most economical way for a large family. We've rented houses an hour or two below the Qld border for $450/week.

Your fly by the seat of my pants approach reminds me of myself a few years back. I'll have to blog for you our hilarious adventure in Harvey Bay several years back. Sooo embarrassing at the time, but we can laugh now. do remind me. what happens when you roll into town without any bookings.

ClaireyHewitt said...

With only two,kids I can't help, but my mum is one of eight and they always camped at the same place, a beautiful spot at Freycinet in Tassie, apparently a few years back no one was going so after 50 years they sold the block. I went there last year and was devastated, beach front block with amazing views, an old shack...much better than a hotel room.

Mama of 2 boys said...

My parents used to joke about how they didn't go on holidays for 16 years! Thinking about it, they were probably right. They said they did one holiday with all 6 boys (before I came on the scene) and it was like a nightmare. They made the mistake of combining it with the cousins too though, so there were ALOT of kids. Silly silly people ;o) I can only imagine how difficult it is for you guys planning a trip, I get myself into a lather planning for 2 kids, for a weekend away! Good luck with the outcome xo

Teresa said...

I'm one of 5 and yes we went to the same place over and over - Mum and Dad rented the same beach house every year at the same time. I don't remember ever worrying about it though. We did share rooms but that was kind of a novelty and made the holiday more fun.

Miss Mandy said...

I only have three children, but when they grew out of portacots we purchased the fold up camping beds. they fold up as small as a portacot, maybe smaller. At least when we go somewhere they already have a bed they are used to. Then we only need space.

Maxabella said...

It's true that the world seems set up for a family of four. Annoying! x

alisonwells said...

Yes I'm a mum of four and am looking for these answers too. We've done the campsite thing with as large accommodation as we can find. One of the kids has aspergers, he can't stand too much noise around him so hates sharing. The only disadvantage to the house thing is that there aren't other kids for them to mix with which seems to be what really entertains them beyond clubs or anything like that.

HeeWho said...

This is a pet peeve of mine as I have four kids also. It doesn't get any less tricky as they get older. I dig and dig for the best deal on a condo type place so we can have a full kitchen to feed 3 teenaged boys. Last year we got a great deal on a week in a Sheraton resort with 2 bedrooms and a total of 4 beds. Sounded prefect except kids become less eager to share a bed with their siblings as teens and preteens. Then there's the issue of different sexes. It seems inappropriate at best to have my 7yo daughter share even a king size bed with her teenaged brother so she usually ends up on a pallet next to our bed. My youngest son refuses to share a bed with his oldest brother (not to mention both are around 6ft) so he ends up in the floor too. We may have accommodations for 6 but, logistically, it still doesn't work and we just have to make the best of it. Our vacations are usually activity heavy so we don't spend much time at the condo/hotel anyway. I can definitely sympathize!

Seana Smith said...

Oh I know! It's murder. My kids, like yours, are just not the type to all muck in together, fall asleep like puppies and kittens and stay asleep. I've had some dreadful 'holidays.'

I love holidays and my husband doesn't at all... he likes to be at home as he travels with work... I mustn't complain that he never buys me presents as he and the bank did buy us a beach house, and I'm here now with the twins. He loves it here so it helps all round... and I'm doing my real travelling just with one or two kids at a time.

Megan Blandford said...

How frustrating! Hope you find somewhere wonderful to take your gorgeous family :)

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