Who doesn’t do it? Who doesn’t agonise over six carefully chosen weather apps in that long-anticipated fortnight before the family Staycation?
“So BBC tell me it has a 80% chance of rain on our first Wednesday in Abersoch… Maybe we should cancel”
“Hold on, Accuweather is 70% certain it’ll be dry from 10am until 2pm on the Tuesday. It’s ok, we’ve got a beach window…”
When committing to a Staycation, as recent reports suggest a record number will do this year, there are some vital points to keep in mind:
There are no guarantees
True of most holidays you’ll ever take, home or away, there are always some elements of the unknown. Will the shallow end by shallow enough for Lily? Will the hotel offer Coco Pops of Cheerios for Charlie? But always remember that you have chosen to change your scene. You are asking for the unfamiliar – proactively inviting it in.
Enjoy these unknowns by being ready for them.
Pack what you need
This may sound patronising but I’ve tried all methods from filling a roof rack until it almost pops open on the fast lane while the kids’ chins are resting on their knees to selecting the bare necessities and smugly loading one suitcase and a bucket & spade (Or did I just forget half the packing?)
I have meanwhile discovered the obvious – 99% of necessities can either be bought or you quickly discover there are many unnecessities.
Weather forecasting is not a perfected science
Surely by 2016 the meteorological world has sussed out how to know what’s going to happen above us? After all, it certainly changes our holiday memory-makers – I know my childhood holiday snaps are taken in the sun, not the rain!
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