That first holiday after lockdown (as amazing as it will be) is something that I’m sure a lot of us have thought about at some point during this pandemic, because, as we all know by now, 2020 has been a bit of a write-off.
And as nice as that time at home has been, I think the freedom to travel again is something that we’re all craving just a little bit right now.
I’m sure I’m not the only one wondering where our first holiday after lockdown will be, what we’ll get up to, and most importantly, when will our first holiday after lockdown actually happen?
I was challenged to share what my first post-lockdown weekend or trip would look like, and of course, I knew straight away what I was going to write about.
It was our camping trip that didn’t happen!
Along with most of the country we had planned a holiday for the summer this year, which we’ve now had to sadly postpone. I’ve penciled it back in for next summer though when things will hopefully become more ‘normal’ (whatever normal will be).
Although the lockdown may be easing in the UK at the moment, that doesn’t mean that things are back to normal just yet. A lot of things are changing and holidays are just one of them.
Sunny beaches, European cities, and horse riding in the mountains will be replaced with fish and chips by the sea or a wander around your home town.
That’s not to say that doing those things isn’t going to be enjoyable, it’s just not what we were expecting, and it’s something that we’re all going to have to adapt to for the time being.
Our holiday plans
Before the pandemic took over, we were planning on driving to Wales this month to do a spot of camping over a long weekend, but even overnight stays are still not allowed at the moment. And by the time we can holiday in the UK again, I think the weather will be too cold for camping, so we’ll have to postpone our first holiday after lockdown until next summer.
But we can still dream, can’t we? And that’s exactly what this post is all about. Forgetting about everything for a little while, and planning your dream holiday. And right now, any holiday is a dream holiday!
So here’s a little insight into what we were planning, and what we’re now looking forward to for next summer instead
The journey to our first holiday after lockdown
Getting up early, well, early for us, we pack the car up, sort out some entertainment for Cupar in the form of books, colouring pens, and cars, and excitedly set off for the sunny hills of Wales.
Having only had to deal with an hour long car journey with Cupar before, I have to admit that I’m a little bit nervous that he’ll get bored and want to get out of his car seat before we’ve even left Norfolk, but fingers crossed he’ll be ok.
The whole journey should take about 5 hours, so we plan to stop for lunch about halfway so that we can refuel ourselves and the car!
Once we get going, the drive actually goes ok. Cupar plays with his toys, looks out of the window at all the new sights, and also has a well needed nap.
After a seemingly flawless journey, we arrive in Wales and head to Brecon which is where we’ll be spending the next 3 nights. Driving down smaller and smaller roads, we eventually recognise the turn off for the campsite that we visited 4 years ago. We quickly park up and then run off to find a space to put the tent up.
With lots of land to choose from, we go for a nice bit of flat ground near the stream. It’s far enough away from the entrance that we won’t hear other people coming in and out, but still close enough that we can find the toilets and showers easily in the dark.
As the afternoon has quickly turned into early evening, we get the tent set up, start the fire, and get some food on the go. We stopped off on the way into Brecon and picked up some juicy burgers, with fluffy buns and burger sauce, and we all stuff ourselves full as soon as they’re ready.
Sitting by the tent, the fire still crackling away and the light in the sky quickly fading, we pull out a blanket and settle down in front of the tent for a game of cards, before getting into our sleeping bags and falling asleep to the sound of the stream.
The next day brings wonderful weather, and after a breakfast of beans on toast, we head out to enjoy all that Brecon has to offer. With shops and cafes to visit, caves to explore and a play barn to entertain Cupar, we’re definitely spoilt for choice and have no chance of getting bored.
After an exhausting day, we settle down again in the evening in front of the campfire and talk about how we’re going to spend the next day. We decide that obviously, it has to be Pen y Fan, which is the highest peak in South Wales. I’m not sure if Cupar will be able to get all the way to the top, but we can have fun trying.
Falling asleep that night I wonder if I really do want to climb Pen y Fan. I’m not the fittest person in the world, and the thought of all that walking is a little bit daunting! Dreams of Everest dance in my head and I wake up feeling tired already!
Pen y Fan
After picking up some eggs from the resident hens, we scramble them and have them on toast for breakfast before heading out. Driving to Pen y Fan, I’m still a bit unsure about the walking, but the doubt quickly fades when the scenery rolls into view. It really is breathtaking, and the walking is more than worth it to enjoy this beautiful place.
Once we set off I find that the walk itself is a little bit tough for me, but Cupar being the energetic 2 year old that he is, takes it all in his stride.
With lots of rest stops, photos, and a picnic along the way, we finally reach the top, and what an amazing view it is. I’d you haven’t been here before, then you need to plan a trip! I feel like I’m in a fairy tale.
Exhausted, but happy, we prepare for the fun part – going down!
It’s easier on the legs than going up, and as we reach the bottom we breathe a sigh of relief as we finally get to sit down in the car. After a few minutes of enjoying the comfort and having a much needed drink, we head back to the campsite for our last night in the tent.
Aeron cooks up a lovely meal of hotdogs and onion rings which we grabbed on the way back from Pen y Fan, and after eating them, we sit, tired, in front of the fire listening to the gentle trickle of the stream.
Cupar soon falls asleep, which gives me and Aeron the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine before heading to bed ourselves.
The next day brings with it some more lovely weather and the journey back home. We decide to treat ourselves today, and after packing up the tent and saying goodbye, we stop at McDonald’s for a delicious breakfast.
The first half of the journey goes quite quickly, and after stopping for lunch Aeron and Cupar fall asleep and I have some quiet time listening to my audiobook. I love driving, and with not too many cars about, and a clear sky, it’s the perfect journey.
Arriving home, we settle back in and order take away for dinner. Far too tired to do much, we pile up our takeaway in the living room, put a film on and look through our photos while chatting about our little adventure.
What did you think of our camping story? Do you have a similar one to tell about your own imaginary holiday? Leave a link below if you do, I would love to read it.
I’m not going to tag anyone specifically in this post, I’m just going to leave an open invitation to anybody that wants to join in and would like to write their own post.
What will your first holiday after lockdown look like?
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