It’s time for our annual holiday video again! I’m making a conscious effort to film (and actually edit – that’s the key here) a weekend away at least once a year. I’ve kept it short because a, who wants to watch a half an hour film of our every move for three days and b, I like the idea of a little keepsake to spark the memories. For me this is a minute of pure joy and I can’t help but laugh every time I see Ollen running around on that pier!
Our Airbnb was the perfect place to stay! What did people with kids do before Airbnb? (The first weekend away we spent with Ollen I made the mistake of booking a family room thinking there was an extra small room for Ollen. I was very wrong. We spent our evenings silently watching tv with subtitles on, in a dark room trying not to move and wake him up in his cot, that was about one metre away from our bed… I’m not making that mistake again!) I found the perfect one bed apartment, close to the beach, shops and restaurants. The real bonus was the decor and sustainable efforts from the host.
I love it when someone thinks of those little details. The apartment was clean and minimal, yet felt homely thanks to the addition of a few well thought out decorative items. The kitchen had plenty of utensils and tableware (makes life a lot easier with a toddler) with a good stock of tea and coffee, which meant we could relax after a long drive with a toddler… have I mentioned we have a toddler yet? But seriously, anything that makes life easier with a tiny hurricane running around is gold.
But the most exciting thing about this apartment is how the host, Jasmin has thought about the environmental impact and how to help her guests enjoy a low waste holiday. From reusable kitchen cloths and refillable jars (for everything) to paper wrapped toilet paper and a bamboo bucket and spade set (which saved us from buying one while we were there!). A recycling bin (Bournemouth has a great recycling system), reusable baking sheet, tupperware for packed lunches and tons of other small details that help reduce waste.
The only (small) negative for this apartment was the outdoor staircase (which is detailed on the Airbnb listing). We were absolutely fine getting up and down but if you had any mobility issues it would be difficult. Just something to note if that’s an issue for you.
Bournemouth was new to me but Alex spent a lot of his childhood summers in this part of the world. I wanted to take Ollen to a sandy beach to paddle and make sandcastles. Dreaming of that wholesome childhood idea of spending the day on a beach digging holes and dipping in the cold sea. Turns out he was way more interested in riding the ‘train’ (basically a car with carriages) and we spent a lot of our time doing that instead. But we actually got to see a lot of the local area this way, jumping on and off to explore a pier or park, then hopping back on when we needed a break.
This easily filled our days but we also spent a rainy day in the aquarium. Tickets allow for re-entry which was handy with a toddler and the British weather. We took a few strolls around during the day, popping in and out for naps, food and a run around the beach when the weather picked up enough, and of course to watch the train go by… don’t forget the train!