My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Can you really Chill when on holiday ...?

Holiday looming ...?
Consider this and keep your home safer!

How often do we see posts like this on our newsfeeds across social media throughout the year, especially in the weeks leading up to the summer holidays and throughout the warmer months?

Ok, so you're going on holiday. You're a family with young children and therefore this is a rare, maybe even unheard of, occurrence. You're excited, and you want to share your excitement with your friends and family and maybe even unleash a little envy amongst those that have a summer of work or general monotony ahead of them!

This is only natural.

The exciting day draws closer ...

This seems so harmless. After all, your photos are set to private and can only be seen by people on your chosen friends list.

But social media isn't private ... not by a long shot!

Maybe you tag family members in your post ... maybe your best friend ...?

Then your post can be seen by their chosen people as well.

So then, you check in at the airport. Information is instantly public.

Congratulations ... you have just advertised to the world that you and your family are on holiday for two whole weeks, leaving your home unoccupied.

Enjoy your break!

It's ok, you can relax, there are plenty of characters that will happily watch over your family home for you whilst you're sunning yourself on the beach ...

According to Chill Insurance, there are a number of precautions you can take when going on holiday to ensure that your empty home is safe and secure in your absence.

Asking friends, family and neighbours to keep an eye on your home is one of the simplest steps that you can take, asking them to stop by regularly to make sure everything is still secure. Giving one of them a key means they can enter if necessary. Maybe even ask a neighbour to switch on a downstairs light and close the curtains in the evenings to give the impression that someone is present.

Without the help of a neighbour, light timers are also a good idea, so that you can schedule different lights to switch on and off at set times. This can be a great deterrent.

However you choose to protect your home whilst you are away, it is always a good idea to look into Home Insurance. This can bring peace of mind and stop you worrying about what you will come home to. Ok, so it is never a nice thought that anything might happen to your home whilst you are enjoying your annual family holiday, at least having insurance will mean that you can deal with the worst scenario should you need to.

But, going back to my original point, as understandable as it is that you want to share with the world how excited you are that you are going on your dream holiday, and totally natural that you want to share your beautiful holiday photos whilst you are there, just think before you post ...

... can it wait until you get home?

This post has been written in association with Chill Insurance. All words are my own and have not been influenced.


  1. So many good points here. We are lucky in that we live in a secure building and I've spoken to a neighbour to keep an eye on things whilst we are away. Home insurance is a must, I just couldn't feel safe without it to be honest!

  2. I never post on social media that I'm away on holiday, all the photo's can wait until we're home & have wifi!

  3. If it's a long holiday, definitely! But I don't think I can really relax if it's a short one. x

  4. If I go abroad I can completely switch off. Being by the pool is so relaxing.

  5. God this shows me that I really want/need a holiday , preferably a few months away. I need a break from everything.

  6. Fab post. I don't do check ins as much anymore. I post pictures when I get home as well. Better to be safe than sorry.

  7. Very good post. We have light timers and our neighbour to keep an eye plus my freida Coming over everyday to check and feed the cat. I usually don't post it on social media until I'm back, one because of Internet usage and I want to enjoy my time away and two because of this sort of stuff.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  8. Always better to post after you come back from hols.
    Home Insurance is always a good idea :)

  9. Hadn't ever considered this actually - it's a good point. But I don't post any details of my life on social media anyway. I don't put where I live, anything about kids or relationships, what I'm doing, holidays, nothing. I just put funny/political statuses & do my blog stuff on SM! When I was a kid, I knew a boy whose house literally got burgled every time they went on holiday for a few years. It was pre social media, of course, so god knows why that was happening! (Lucy/R is for Hoppit)

  10. My Mam always says 'Dont tell facebook we're going away' hahaha. I do like to take the break from social media while Im away :-)