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Why minibreaks are fab

July 28, 2011

Minibreak in the Malverns

To celebrate the first month of the minibreak mummy blog, here is a list of why I think minibreaks are fab:

  • a change of scene, whether it’s open spaces or a city or some combination of the two
  • my husband gets chance to escape from the house for a bit
  • we all get chance to spend some time together
  • if you wrap a minibreak round a weekend you can get a 3 or 4 day break for only 1 or 2 days’ worth of annual leave
  • I can put the out of office autoreply on my work e-mail – things can normally wait a couple of working days until I get back
  • I like the beginning of a holiday best and this way I get lots of beginnings of holidays
  • I also enjoy planning holidays and this way I get to plan lots of short trips
  • if a holiday involves spending a week or two in the same place, I start to get bored by about day 5
  • it’s nice not to have to do any laundry while we’re away – and to not have too much catching up with washing to do when we get home
  • even quite mundane things, like going on a short train ride, or getting groceries in for tea, are more fun if they’re in a different place and you’re doing them with the people you love
  • we tend to have less time staring a tv and computer screens and more time doing other things, or doing nothing
  • lots of opportunities to explore new places – or revisit places we’ve enjoyed visiting before

What do you think? Do you prefer lots of short breaks or do you go for the traditional two week block?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2011 11:22 am

    I like both!

    Short breaks are great for all the reasons you mention and, to be honest, some places just aren’t sufficiently interesting (to me) for me to want to spend more than 3-6 days in them at one time.

    Sometimes, I could spend longer, but the destination is the kind of place that can also be enjoyed in small bites. Like Venice, I believe I’d be happy spending 2 weeks there without getting bored but we’ve also loved our 5 night and 6 night trips and would go again for similar.

    I also adore longer holidays and tend not to get bored if it’s the right kind of holiday. When we did our 9 week trip to Southern Africa we were told we’d get bored of safari after a couple of weeks (though we doubted it having done 3 week trips before and been left wanting more). Of the 9 weeks, 6 weeks were safari and as expected, we loved all of it and could have carried on going.

    One (minor) disadvantage of shorter breaks for me is that, if I am at the time in a stressful place at work, then it’s much harder to put aside that little niggle in one’s mind that one will be back at work in just a few days. With longer breaks, it’s easier to put one’s every day life aside and really revel in the moment, in the holiday itself.

    But at the same time, I agree with your list of positives – I love planning trips, I loved making use of every single day of my annual leave allowance when I was a permie, I love seeing more places, and I love spreading out my holiday experiences throughout the year so it’s never very long to wait for the next trip!

    • July 31, 2011 7:24 am

      Thanks for your reply (and for the tweet). I agree that both short breaks and longer breaks can be good. I’ve had some good two week breaks (e.g. San Francisco and Northern California) but these have usually involved visiting more than one place in the course of the fortnight – almost like several minibreaks rolled into a longer holiday.

      Venice is gorgeous and I happily spent a week there on my own when I was younger, getting lost and wandering far from the tourist trail, practising my Italian (and a bit of French). Also did a lovely daytrip to Verona on the train.

      You make an interesting point about being in a stressful place at work. I used the find the same when I worked in a previous job. Sometimes it would take me days to wind down at the beginning of a holiday and then I’d spend the last few days dreading going back to work. I’m glad I’m not in that kind of job anymore.

  2. September 12, 2011 8:07 pm


    I agree with your sentiments and the title of this post, i’m a big fan of minibreaks. I think if you have a shorter time somewhere you tend to fit more in, they are cheaper and half the fun of going away is the excitement leading up to it. So by having more breaks per year you get more periods of pre-mini break excitement.

    My wife and i used to take advantage of anywhere that a low cost airline was flying very cheaply and just go there even if we didn’t know anything about the place. We have a baby now and are looking forward to venturing abroad for our first family minibreak. I’d be interested to know of any baby/young child friendly locations you can reccomend.

    • September 14, 2011 7:04 pm

      It depends what you’re after. Our first break abroad with our son was to a Eurocamp site in Picardy.
      The location was chosen for its proximity to the Eurotunnel, in order to reduce driving time. We stayed in one of the Samibois Chalets, which had a microwave and shower etc (plus a spare bedroom to put the pushchair and other bulky stuff in). It worked reasonably well, especially when I worked out that our son needed a particular blanket to get to sleep even though it was too warm to need a blanket! Hope you find something that suits you. Let me know how you get on.

  3. September 14, 2011 8:53 pm

    Mummy and Daddy love minibreaks and they’ve taken me on a few. I think they’re great! Nice to go and see other places, but I’m a bit of a homebird so I like to be back in my bed after a couple of nights.


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