Sharing Our Dream Florida Holiday Of A Lifetime

Sharing Our Dream Florida Holiday Of A Lifetime

We had a plan. A carefully concocted plan.

And this plan needed funds, it took 15 years  where each month we’d put away £20 a month away for a dream holiday. Now that’s some serious forward planning I know, we’d just bought our first house and had very little to spare and this was just about all we could squirrel away without noticing.

Rather surprisingly those 15 years came around quite quickly. Two children later and with the teenage years in sniffing distance, our boys were at the ideal age for a Florida holiday of a lifetime, as quickly as I could say “Universal Studios here we come” we were sat in the departure lounge watching the jets take off with an excited, nervous belly flipping feeling.

The tween had never been on an aeroplane so the whole experience from getting up at 4 in the morning to passing through passport control and then sitting, waiting for take off didn’t pass quietly. The (soon to be) teenager took the whole thing in his stride, throwing in the odd question then reverting back to his impeding teenage silence which would soon become the norm.

9 or so hours later we stepped out into the warm Florida air, hitting us like a (hot) wet towel in the face and from there the adventure really began. Wandering around a car park deciding which hire care to pick, we settled on a  style as far away from anything we’d seen on the twisty tiny roads back home.

A view of the Everglades

Celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary with an alligator spotting ride through the Everglades

I’d planned our break meticulously, researched every last detail, not a moment was going to be lost. I didn’t  know if we’d get the opportunity again and wanted to create a lifetime of memories. Each day was different, from theme parks to gliding through the Everglades alligator spotting then eating at restaurants where candy floss and gummy bears were a desert.

Our 10 days passed like a flash, we’d eaten ourselves silly, swam with dolphins and danced with Minions. We met Spiderman and Captain America, taken a roller coaster ride with the Hulk and experienced a twister,  snorkelled with sting rays, we even made the lift to our room a giggle worthy ride.

Meeting the Marvel characters at Universal

We’d truly had the holiday of a lifetime and more memories were made than I could have ever dreamed of.  We often talk of when and not if we’ll go back,

And we do have a new addition to the family now who’s never experienced the fun and excitement of a Florida holiday.

Better get saving then!

View from my lounger at Discovery Cove






  1. Deborah Nicholas
    15th February 2016 / 9:07 am

    That sounds amazing and certainly took some dedication to save for that long!!

  2. 15th February 2016 / 9:32 am

    What a fab holiday you had and I definitely think you need to go back with your latest addition to the family! It’s brilliant how you saved up for so long and stuck to it too.

    Laura x

    • 15th February 2016 / 11:04 am

      We have actually started another savings plan so fingers crossed it won’t be long!

  3. 15th February 2016 / 9:33 am

    Sounds like the perfect holiday ! I was lucky enough to go to Florida on holiday as a child and I still remember it fondly now many years later. We too hope to start saving to take are little two when they are a bit bigger xx

    • 17th February 2016 / 6:36 pm

      I would thoroughly recommend it and if you still remember it from when you went then thats testament to how amazing it must have been.

  4. 15th February 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Its nice to know you had a lovely time, and all that saving was worth it, we currently squirrel away £30 a month and while it feels like we will be saving forever, it will be worth it, I’m sure of it. xx

    • 16th February 2016 / 6:44 am

      it really is worth it and this is testament to that and its such a nice feeling seeing it build up over time.

  5. Lady Nym
    16th February 2016 / 11:09 am

    Wow, that was some serious forward planning and saving! I’m glad it was worth it in the end and good luck with saving for the next trip!


    • 17th February 2016 / 8:17 am

      Thank you, we’ve putting a little more away this time as I don’t think I can wait another 15 years and I’d prefer it if my youngest was 8-12 knowing that those are the ideal ages to enjoy the theme parks and before the grumpy teen years kick in.

  6. 16th February 2016 / 12:03 pm

    We just love Florida! We go every year or every two years (living in the states on the East Coast it’s not as big of a trip for us). There are so many wonderful things to do! With several feet of snow on the ground and temps hovering near freezing Florida does sound like a dream right about now.

    • 17th February 2016 / 8:18 am

      I can see why you do! My sister and her family visit every year too, it certainly has a hold on some people and I can see why. I could quite easily go back many times over.

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