Summer hols don't have to be costly
Be pleased, John, that your global footprint is such a dinky one, and learn to think out of the box of resort-type holidays in high season. Try swapping your home with another teacher. Join the Woodcraft Folk and meet parents and children from across the world at their international camps.
Use youth hostels and keep on camping. As a full-time teacher and single parent with three children, I decided that children's memories and connections with other cultures are more important than possessions.
We have a very old kitchen, a leaking bathroom and an ancient car but we have regular holidays on the nearby Northumberland coast and have visited New Zealand, Portugal and Menorca in the past six years. We go to the Edinburgh festival each year and camp all over. We support a boy in India and receive regular updates on his progress. Keshaba will never visit us and we will never be able to afford to visit him but the link is there, and for my family it is an extremely important one. In the UK we must never forget how rich we really are.
Garesfield, Tyne and Wear