Dreaming of future beach breaks helps keep Emma Deadman and her family motivated while travel isn’t possible. Here she looks back on her favourite beach memories and how her love of beaches came about.
Beach addicts. I think that’s what you’d call our family.
Despite living almost in the very centre of England, and thus about as far away from the coast as you can get, we head off on the two to three-hour drive to the beach as often as we can.
Growing up in the 1980s, I had one summer holiday a year, leaving me pining for the beach for the other 51 weeks. I used to head off to find the rockpools with my dad, while my sister and mum would lie on a bamboo mat and people-watch. Sand in my toes, sand in my sandwiches, I didn’t really mind. I loved the freedom being on a beach gave me, looking out at an expanse of sea and nothingness. My mind could go wild with imagination.
Thirty years and numerous travels later, I’ve sat on beaches with those exact same thoughts in many a different country around the world. On one, while pregnant, I vowed that I would never give up my love of the coast, and we would travel as often as we could.
Another child came along, and I kept up that vow of visiting the beach as much as possible. So imagine our delight when, after a smooth ferry crossing to Roscoff, one year, we realised our Eurocamp holiday parc was so close to the wonderful Breton coastline.
We found beach after beach after beach near Les Mouettes, in Carantec, on a stretch of northern Brittany. We were off the ferry and on sand within 25 minutes. Golden, rocky, grassy; backed by cliffs, trees, exotic gardens; sheltered, deserted, windswept. We found them all. A different beach for every day of the week – and then some! Our idea of heaven.
This year, we’re hoping to head back to Brittany, with its 1,600 miles of coastline, and we’ll try out a different Eurocamp parc. They have everything we look for in a holiday – easy to get to, plenty to keep the children entertained – and close to some fantastic beaches.
Staying safe is the most important thing right now, so we’re not sure when our next beach break will happen. But we’ll keep dreaming of long, sunny beach days, and the amazing holiday we’ll have when we’re able to travel again. That should keep my thoughts and imagination going wild for at least another month or two!