My Dad used to reminisce about many a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads. Now I have to admit that they never appealed to me then, but now with two boys who I am trying to wean off electronics, they sound fab.
I grew up on caravan holidays and for me the thought of a boating holiday is something similar. I love the idea of no electronics and making our own fun.
So for me the real positives of a boating holiday are the following:
- No driving - Do not get me wrong, but the thought of a week without the car just really appeals to me. I would love to take our bikes with us and just explore and make it a real adventure.
- Cooking simple nutritious meals on the boat, but also docking up at one of the many canalside pubs and grabbing a pub lunch or dinner with the boys and being able to have a real break from the "mumotony" of cooking and cleaning.
- Sightseeing. I have to say the thought of the slower pace of life really appeals to me. Windmills, pebble beaches and picnics in parks reading a book whilst watching the boys having fun.
- Teaching the boys to steer the boat and watching them help their Dad with the locks. I know that my Dad would have loved to take the boys on a holiday to the Norfolk Broads. He had so many happy memories of the place and the holidays there with his Dad as a child. It is one of my regrets that he is not around to do this with the boys.
- Some boats are pet friendly, so you can take your dog with you. Not only does this save on boarding costs, but it is a great excuse to have a walk.
- For me it would be great to learn a new skill, such as parking and maneuvering the boat.
- It would be a great place to teach the boys to fish.
- Both my boys love spotting wildlife and the Norfolk broads are a great place to do this, so make sure you pack binoculars and a bird book, ph and some pencils so they can draw their own wildlife too.
We love the Miles Kelly Handbooks, as they have a space for pictures and notes (which are only £4.99) and the British Wildlife handbook and British Birds handbook would be perfect for spotting whilst on the broads.