A bruising encounter with school holidays

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

I’ve just have my first encounter with school holiday prices – and I can’t say I’m impressed.

For years we didn’t have a child to think about, meaning we could head off wherever we wanted whenever we wanted.

Calum coming along obviously meant some changes but, during his nursery years, we’ve pretty much had free rein on when we’ve taken holidays.

But now, as he prepares so start school, that’s all changed.

For the first time we’ve had to stagger our summer breaks to look after him and, even in the week that does overlap, it looks as though we’ll struggle to get away.

We’ve been lucky enough to benefit from a few cheap holidays visiting relatives in Spain and Italy but a quick check of the prices for flights in August quickly ruled that one out.

For someone used to taking my main holiday in November, it proved something of a shock.

And it’s not going to get any better – we’ve already had dire warnings of what will happen if we take Calum out of school during term time!

Then there’s the issue of actually getting time booked off work. There’s always a clamour get the school holidays and I’m now just one of many in that queue.