I’ve been very fortunate to have visited Florida three times during my childhood and teenage years (hence the photos that I’m hoping my family don’t mind me publishing!), and now that Toby and Martha are here I’m desperate to take them there too! My dad has decided that for his next milestone birthday, we’re jetting off to Orlando for a family holiday, and we will most likely look at getting a self catering villa from Clickstay to accommodate us all.

Back in 2016, Phil and I packed up ourselves and the two mini humans – who were 2 years old and 4 months old at the time. We jetted off to Lanzarote and stayed on an apparently 4* all inclusive family complex, complete with luminous buffet food and toddler germ infested pool. I think I may have slept for a total of 5 hours across the fortnight, Toby got a horrid ear infection, I argued in part Portuguese, part Spanish, part English with the resort doctor who was trying to squeeze a small fortune in Euros out of us, and the kids whinged. A lot. I even wrote a ‘Dear John’ style letter to my long-lost love, sleep.

Oh, and then there was the poosplosion in the restaurant…

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From that moment on, we decided that we would only do family holidays in self-contained villas or apartments, and preferably with friends or family so that we could at least have one evening as a designated date night without childcare responsibilities.

That’s right, we love our children but we are so totally okay with palming them off on fellow semi-responsible adults if it means we get to eat a hot meal at a leisurely pace once in a blue moon.

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So back to our Florida villa holiday plans…

As things stand, there will be 6 adults and 2 children invading the land of Mickey Mouse and giant food portions, so we need a lot of space. I’ve been looking at 4 to 5 bedroom villas in Orlando, and am blown away by what’s on offer; we’re talking bright and airy rooms, private swimming pools, games rooms, only a few miles’ drive from the main Disney parks, and for less per adult than we paid for the disaster holiday 2 years ago. The Clickstay website is very secure, the team has over a decade’s experience, and it’s really simple to refine your search to only view the options that suit your needs perfectly. I’m also eying up villas in other countries for holidays in the lead up to Florida – eeek!

Obviously we’ll have park tickets, food, car hire etc to factor in, but for us the whole self contained, self catering way of holidaying just works so well.

There’s so much to do in Florida, we will definitely hire a couple of cars so that we can enjoy as much as possible, alongside the Disney parks. I have such fond memories of the other theme parks, the wildlife, swimming, eating, and lots of shopping! It’s really exciting to even begin thinking or adding to those memories with Phil, Toby, and Martha.

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Save, save, save

Obviously these sorts of holidays don’t come cheap, but we have a decent bit of time to save before we want to get it booked, so now I’m looking at the best ways to save some cash each month without it impacting on our day-to-day finances – I’d love to hear any tips that you have!

Have you been on a family holiday to Florida and do you have any top tips for us? Or do you relish the all inclusive lifestyle and can tell us where to go for a more positive experience? Let me know in the comments below, or get in touch on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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