So anyone who has been reading my ramblings for a while now, knows that I have not yet been brave enough to venture into the great unknown and unpredictable world of holidaying abroad…with the girls.
In fact, I last year wrote a few posts on how and why staycation-ing was the only option for myself and my wee squad.
And yet, this year, I have decided to go for it. Why?
Maybe it’s an unqualified confidence in the fact that Princess is no longer technically a Baby and so we’ll be graaaaaaaaaaand. Maybe it’s that I looked at my sister’s family holiday snaps and some hidden longing for family-fun in the sun took over. Maybe I’m just getting brave in my old age. Maybe I’m off my head.
But regardless of why I’ve finally decided to jump head first into the blue azure of sunkissed and suncreamed frolicking, I have. And I have ACTUALLY convinced The Him that it’s a good idea.
Now. I am one of those Book-it-all-by-myself-online gals usually. However, because taking the two girls away is such new territory to us, we decided to do the safe and sensible thing and went through a travel agent.
So off I popped to Atlantic Travel here in Letterkenny. I arrived in with NOT flexible dates, a strict budget and 324 specific requirements and 127 questions.
“Hi. I am your WORST nightmare Lovely Travel Agent…I want to go somewhere hot but not too busy, with a flight that isn’t too long, with as short as possible a transfer on the other end, to a 2 roomed apartment in a family suitable resort, with indoor options for soft play, a children’s pool area, a kids’ club that is safe and reputable, in an area which isn’t too loud but still with some atmosphere… And the quiet and safe area must have some nice restaurants, a supermarket nearby AND be near public transport. ON THIS EXACT DATE. Out of Belfast if possible… Please.”
Yeah, so they could have laughed and scoffed at me and my demands, but they didn’t. Within 20 minutes, the amazing Donna had 5 options printed off for me for all types of holiday in a few different places, within my date, budget and ridiculous specifications. No bother at all.
She was able to offer her own opinion on 3 of the resorts and had customer testimonies on the others. She was very open and honest with her advice about the options. There was no pressure or obligation to book. Just polite service with educated opinion.
I took some brochures, the printouts and her email address and off I went to peruse my options.
Being me, I had to research some more and in doing so, found another hotel on the TUI website that ticked all of my boxes. A few emails to Evelyn with more “Ria” questions and prompt answers were exchanged over the course of the next three days and when I finally made up my mind, one phonecall booked the holiday.
Within a few days, all of our details had been posted to us.
I really feel more comfortable going away for the first time with the kids as we have booked a package and so everything is thought of for us; Flights, Transfers, Insurance, Accommodation and Board. The fact that there will be a Holiday Rep there is also putting my mind at ease.
Now all I have to do is look forward to it. And pack for everyone. And plan. And save. And worry and get there…
They say that the first step is always the hardest, but for this family holiday newbie, the first step was probably the easiest thanks to the ladies in Atlantic Travel.
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Call (074) 912 6193 or visit Atlantic Travel’s offices at Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny to enquire about your holiday.