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eyeore
02-10-2009, 07:53 AM
i was doing some housework today and just thinking about our holiday to wdw in june :banana: and just thinking how very lucky we and are children are. this will be our 7th trip. i try to tell my kids they are very lucky children but they dont realise yet, i know they will when they grow up and have to pay for it themselves:rotfl2: do any of you think about how lucky you are? what is wrong with me i'm sounding very deep today????

Natasha&Matt
02-10-2009, 08:09 AM
You are very lucky and ur children are very lucky i never went anywhere like Disney when i was a child lots of my friends had but never me, so i made sure that when i was older i would go and pay for it all myself :goodvibes

I am very lucky to have a job and very lucky to have my Matt who means everything to me. We only live in a double room in a shared house but im very lucky to have that and im very happy :thumbsup2

madmumof2
02-10-2009, 08:16 AM
I've not been for 9 years now, and have had to save a looong time for this trip (still not paid off yet...) but even though I have to scrimp and save every penny (literally!) I do think we're very lucky to be able to go, even just once.

TBH, I'm not quite sure how I'm managed it so far, and I'll feel rich when the holiday is over and I have nothing to pay for lol, but I'm so glad I'm able to give such a magical experience to my children. It'll be their first ever holiday, abroad or UK, and I couldn't think of a better place to take them. :D

mandymouse
02-10-2009, 09:01 AM
I feel very lucky that I have been able to visit WDW 15 times, and for the last few years being able to visit twice in a year. We have got some fantastic memories that we have shared with our girls (they were 6 and 4 on our first visit and now they're 18 and nearly 16)

Unfortunately in the current climate, we are just thankful that hubby is still in a good job (though I wish it was more secure), so for our upcoming trip we have only made basic deposits and won't make anymore till they're due

Do you remember the days when you had to be rich to visit WDW ? :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

carolfoy
02-10-2009, 09:43 AM
I remember well Mandy, to be honest when I was a kid, NO ONE went abroad for holidays, it just wasn't an option, my son has travelled all over the world and although he says he realises how lucky he is I don't know if he really does.

scottish mum
02-10-2009, 10:23 AM
I remind my kids often how lucky they are the oldest has been 6 times, middle 5, times and youngest 4 times. The last 4 years we have been every year but this year we are not going. We are going to Salou instead and my oldest DS is sooo excited about going somewhere new, as he says he is a bit bored of disney:scared1: :scared1: . He says he wants to see more of the world and I can see his point and I feel lucky that we are able to give them all the opportunity as when I was younger we never ever left scotland for our holidays.

natalielongstaff
02-10-2009, 10:31 AM
im forever telling my kids how lucky they are :rotfl2: not that the little blighters understand !!

saratogagirl
02-10-2009, 11:06 AM
I can remember being at junior school and a girl in my class went to Orlando every year, we all thought that her parents must be soooooooooooo rich, and we were all very envious of her. I remember she went one year and bought about five of us back a John Travolta poster it was in the time of Grease and I think a Mickey pencil, it was my first Disney souvenir I should have kept it LOL. I do think we are lucky, I am lucky to have our home and very lucky to have Ian. Having said that he does work lots of Saturdays and Sundays for up to ten hours as well as his normal week, the bulk of which goes towards our holidays, so sometimes when friends say you are lucky or you may me sick, I am often tempted to tell them that Ian has worked like a dog all year for us to be able to go and enjoy ourselves.

natalielongstaff
02-10-2009, 11:30 AM
, I am often tempted to tell them that Ian has worked like a dog all year for us to be able to go and enjoy ourselves.

i get this from a lot of my minders parents..... oh we must be paying you to much :headache: :headache: we both work full time and live cheaply elsewhere so our holidays are our only splurge !

mandymouse
02-10-2009, 11:42 AM
IHaving said that he does work lots of Saturdays and Sundays for up to ten hours as well as his normal week, the bulk of which goes towards our holidays, so sometimes when friends say you are lucky or you may me sick, I am often tempted to tell them that Ian has worked like a dog all year for us to be able to go and enjoy ourselves.

Absolutely Jules. Paul works during the weekend and at home in the evenings too (much to my annoyance), so he deserves his holidays as he hardly has anytime off during the rest of the year

saratogagirl
02-10-2009, 11:43 AM
It does make me mad Nat, people say "oh you jammy thing", dont get me wrong he doesnt have to work the weekend, he chooses to. I suppose that in that respect we are "lucky" in the current climate that there is work for him.

saratogagirl
02-10-2009, 11:47 AM
Absolutely Jules. Paul works during the weekend and at home in the evenings too (much to my annoyance), so he deserves his holidays as he hardly has anytime off during the rest of the year

I love to see Ian chill out on holidays, it is my best ever time. I know that Paul certainly know how to chill out too :lmao:

mandymouse
02-10-2009, 11:55 AM
I love to see Ian chill out on holidays, it is my best ever time. I know that Paul certainly know how to chill out too :lmao:

I think we all know how to chill out Jules http://bestsmileys.com/drinking/2.gif and I've seen the costs that went on his Fairfx card that night (yours will be the same) :rotfl2: :rotfl2: and it was blooming worth it too ::yes::

Dimplenose
02-10-2009, 11:55 AM
I didn't go on holiday every year as a child and when I did it was usually to a caravan in Wales so I think myself very lucky to have been able to have any summer holiday every year with my children.

We're going on our 4th WDW trip this year and when I stop to think about it I feel it really is an obscene amount to pay for 2 weeks of fun especially when there are other people in this world living in poverty. But I obviously don't think about this long enough to prevent me from going!

The only reason I went back to work once the children were in full time school was to pay for a second WDW holiday (we'd inherited some money and used it to pay for our "once in a lifetime trip" but once we were home decided we NEEDED to go back again;) ).

PoppyAnna
02-10-2009, 12:01 PM
I think my family is very lucky. I travelled abroad as a child but both my parents worked and I remember what year we went where.
My children get to go to a variety of destinations including WDW as well as some short, some long haul destinations. We have continued to travel with them as we did before we had them. They will never think a certain year was when they went to a certain place, as they go away a few times a year.
Some family members think they're spolit :confused3 we look forward to our little breaks and holidays together as a family, there's nothing more we like spending our spare dosh on:thumbsup2

aaronandterri
02-10-2009, 12:07 PM
i try to tell my kids how luckty they are but they take it for granted, to them its normal, they dont realise not everyone lives like we do, i think i appreciate it more because i never got it, i hope they apperciate it when there older.

natalielongstaff
02-10-2009, 12:08 PM
It does make me mad Nat, people say "oh you jammy thing", dont get me wrong he doesnt have to work the weekend, he chooses to. I suppose that in that respect we are "lucky" in the current climate that there is work for him.

can't agree more :thumbsup2

Lizzybear
02-10-2009, 02:12 PM
I feel very lucky that we can afford to holiday in the US as I know many people can't. We do go without/restrict a lot of stuff that many people I know don't even think twice about to make it happen but i'd rather have my 2-3 weeks in the US than 52 nights in the pub, lunch from M&S/Subway/similar every day, designer clothes etc.

Tinks1984
02-10-2009, 02:42 PM
I feel very lucky too.

I was born into a family who have always placed their children first. My Mother & Father took myself and my brother to WDW three times as children, something that we never ever would have dreamed of in a million years. Many of you (Mum's & Dad's) have mentioned that you tell your children that they are lucky - and believe me, there'll come a day when they realise this and will be eternally grateful for everything you have given them, as myself and my brother have now we're both older.

Our first trip in 1993 was to be 'once in a lifetime' and if that would have been true, then we could never have asked for more. It was one time more than my DBF had ever been as a child. But, my parents, soft and wonderful as they are, both worked VERY hard and took us back for another two trips in 1995 & 1998.

In 1998 that was it, I never believed I'd go back. But, then DBF took over and we both saved (along with Mum & Dad's help - STILL!) and we went back in 2008. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! DBF had never been as I mentioned and his face for those two weeks was just a privilage to see. A boy, who's now all grown up, experienced Disney for the first time - and loved it just like a child would. DBF now classes himself as lucky, as even though he was an adult when he had his 1st trip, it's one thing he never thought he'd do.

Oh and did I mention - he's going back! :goodvibes Alongside me, my Mum, my Dad & Brother. This time I'm saving as much as I possibly can each month, as I'm as determined as possible that I'll re-pay my Mother & Father's kindness as a child and take them back to a place I know they both love and have missed for the last 10 years.

It'll be worth every penny...:cloud9: :love:

PoppyAnna
02-10-2009, 02:58 PM
I feel very lucky too.

I was born into a family who have always placed their children first. My Mother & Father took myself and my brother to WDW three times as children, something that we never ever would have dreamed of in a million years. Many of you (Mum's & Dad's) have mentioned that you tell your children that they are lucky - and believe me, there'll come a day when they realise this and will be eternally grateful for everything you have given them, as myself and my brother have now we're both older.

Our first trip in 1993 was to be 'once in a lifetime' and if that would have been true, then we could never have asked for more. It was one time more than my DBF had ever been as a child. But, my parents, soft and wonderful as they are, both worked VERY hard and took us back for another two trips in 1995 & 1998.

In 1998 that was it, I never believed I'd go back. But, then DBF took over and we both saved (along with Mum & Dad's help - STILL!) and we went back in 2008. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! DBF had never been as I mentioned and his face for those two weeks was just a privilage to see. A boy, who's now all grown up, experienced Disney for the first time - and loved it just like a child would. DBF now classes himself as lucky, as even though he was an adult when he had his 1st trip, it's one thing he never thought he'd do.

Oh and did I mention - he's going back! :goodvibes Alongside me, my Mum, my Dad & Brother. This time I'm saving as much as I possibly can each month, as I'm as determined as possible that I'll re-pay my Mother & Father's kindness as a child and take them back to a place I know they both love and have missed for the last 10 years.

It'll be worth every penny...:cloud9: :love:

Thats lovely Rachel, I hope my girls turn out to be as kind, thoughtful and well rounded as you clearly are:thumbsup2
You certainly don't come across as "spoilt", as distant family members of mine seem to think my children will be. When our girls ask us when we can go back we remind them how we're saving all our pennies and that can take a long time;)

Natasha&Matt
02-10-2009, 03:04 PM
I have been loving this thread :goodvibes

higgy66
02-11-2009, 02:23 AM
The first time I went abroad was 1980 and I was the only girl in my year who had been abroad! We went to Corfu and the Geography teacher didn't even know where that was!!

Holidays have always been the most imprtant thing to my parents so that we all spent quality time together and he installed this into us all. My parents have been retired for years now and still go on several holidays a year.

Since 1980 I went abroad every year with my parents and as travel became more popular and cheaper when I started work I often went twice a year as I only paid 10 board so the rest went on my travels. (I was so obessessed with travel I ended up leaving my job in the bank and going back to college to study travel and tourism and work in a travel agents for a while and then did a short spell working in Greece.)

The first time I went to Disney was in 1988 with my friend and it cost a small fortune. I worked full time but took a part time job to help pay for it. Even though Disney is still expensive it at lot cheaper then it used to be!

Since meeting my DH we've ploughed all our money into the house and then 3 years ago we started to go abroad again and now have the holiday bug.

I'm really being tight at home to pay for this years WDW with the girls and I can't wait. We haven't told them we're going yet and as they're still young I wouldn't really expect them to understand how lucky they are as they don't "compare" what they have to others and I'm happy about that - as this can work both ways!

We had a major extension last year and every night when I get into our fab superking bed I go to sleep with a big grin on my face as I really do appreciate how lucky I am!

Tinks1984
02-11-2009, 03:27 AM
Thats lovely Rachel, I hope my girls turn out to be as kind, thoughtful and well rounded as you clearly are:thumbsup2
You certainly don't come across as "spoilt", as distant family members of mine seem to think my children will be. When our girls ask us when we can go back we remind them how we're saving all our pennies and that can take a long time;)

Poppy - thank-you for your kind words, it's all down to my parents & grand-parents that we've both turned out this way.

I'm sure your children aren't 'spoilt' at all, you're just enriching them as much as you possibly can before they grow up, which as we all know, happens so quickly these days.

That's a great thing to tell your children when they ask if/when they're going back, that way it gives them hope that they'll go back one day, yet it teaches them that it takes a long time to save to get back there.

Beth__WDW23/6/02
02-11-2009, 06:42 AM
I definately agree we are very lucky given the current climate.
Our children fully appreciate our holidays..We said after last year's that was it for a while but as usual we booked again :lmao: This one is a suprise both girls dont have a clue at all,our DD is bad atm with hip problems and is looking at surgery after summer,So this holiday is extra special.:goodvibes

wifey
02-11-2009, 07:44 AM
We are fortunate too, we both work hard:goodvibes I do half of the hours DH does and he's always tired out each day. That said we pay our bills and save like crazy for our holidays in Orlando, DH first took me in '98 and the culture shock hit me hard but that was a belated honeymoon 5 years down the road.

When DS was tiny we decided to take him for his first birthday which is still a very memorable holiday for us. Since then we've saved and gone back 5 times and each time we've loved it more and more. We don't always stretch the budget to stop on-site but we've been happy with our choices and had a wonderful time there.

We don't have a car, don't smoke or gamble and we don't go out often maybe once or twice a year and we are not big drinkers a couple of glasses of wine on a Saturday night is enough for us. Films and books (preferably pre-ordered to get a good price or bought at a discount book shop) keep us occupied on weekends when we are not busy with other things. We appreciate the time we get together which isn't a lot. We do have the odd take away but we don't live on them it's more of a once a month treat sometimes less. We've managed to bring our mortgage down when we switched to a repayment one a few years back so hopefully by the time our DS is leaving comprehensive school the house will be all ours.