It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago when 19yo went on her first holiday without us. She was just 17 years old then,and has since been lucky enough to go away without us parents earlier this year as well. One of the main reasons I let her go before she was 18 was because the friend she was going with had close friends living in Portugal. I’d spoken to the parents of said friend and I was satisfied that she would be well looked after.
The second time she went back to Portugal, the friend she went with the first time was spending the season working with the friends of the family. She had enjoyed it so much the first time, that I knew the second time would be just as exciting for her. She came back with tales of mini golf, Portugal zoo and having her picture taken with a dolphin. I don’t think she realised that a year later she would swim with them herself. The only thing I wish she’d taken more of was sun cream!
I think going away twice on her own has given her the bug, as she’s already talking about going again and having a holiday without the parents once she has saved some money. There’s no guarantee that her friend will still be working in Portugal by the time she returns, so she might have to look at different options for her accommodation. There are so many options to choose from depending on her budget and that of her friends, but I suspect that if she has to book something, then it may well be a package holiday as there’s something to be said about being taken care of every step of the way.
I know she really enjoyed going all Inclusive when we went to Majorca a few years ago, so it wouldn’t surprise me if she booked through a company such as First Choice who offer a wide variety of all-inclusive holidays. Knowing you can have as many drinks as you like and don’t have to worry about having enough money for food would be a big plus for her I think.
As a parent, I am very proud of what 19yo has been able to achieve in the last two years. She’s gained independence in so many ways and whilst I may have had to remind her to pack the sun lotion, she has returned home safely each time and hasn’t got herself into any trouble whilst abroad.
Have your children gone on holiday without you? How did you cope?
Disclosure – “ Contributed by First Choice”.