When it comes to family holidays, sometimes it feels like you need a holiday after the holiday. As parents, we layer up the expectations of ourselves, our children and the world on our family getaways. For them to be peaceful, but exciting, to be adventure packed but brimming with quality time too.
The truth is though, to get all of that you need to lay the groundwork. It is about the planning. Once you have the details down, the big stuff begins to take care of itself.
Below you’ll find handy checklists and information to make your next family holiday fabulous.
Where Shall We Go?
The most obvious starting point is where do you want to go? Somewhere new maybe, somewhere that is renowned for being family friendly? Sandy beaches or rocky walking trail? Destination and location matter. The truth is though; there is a holiday for everyone – it just takes a little time to find it.
A couple of things to take into consideration:
- Weather – do you have any sun sensitive souls travelling with you? What about the cold? Many families try to get somewhere not too dissimilar to the UK regarding temperature – just with a bit more sun.
- Teaching opportunity – mixing up fun with some new culture and local language can be a lot of fun. Think about the things you loved to learn about when you were little, bring some of that magic into your holidays too.
- Are we nearly there yet? Travel time can be a huge factor in the final decision. This is going to depend on your children, their ages, and temperaments. It is also a perfect time to check out some online articles for tips on what to pack to keep the kids entertained while travelling.
- Local Amenities – Perhaps you want the full bells and whistles shopping arcade within walking distance, or maybe you’re after a bit more of the free-range fun vibe. Either way, be sure to take a look in advance.
How to Plan it to Perfection.
Planning is the best way to make sure the whole process goes as smooth as possible. Getting the children involved with things like booking, making the lists of what needs to be packed and even helping pick where you stay will keep them feeling involved and aware of everything going on.
- Book well in advance
- Remember your insurance – with children; there is a high possibility of illnesses or cancellations – so make sure your money is safe.
- Skip the heaving hotel, and opt for something a bit more private. For example, Spain is a typical holiday destination for millions of families, but hotels can make quality time a little difficult to come by. The same sunny location, but booked via Holiday Homes & Villas Spain | Interhome is going to reap some serious rewards.
- If opting for the convenience of a package holiday, call around once you have your starter quote. Saving a bit of money is always great!
- Once you have the location, do some research on the area and arrange trips to local attractions, by booking well in advance you can sometimes skip queues and get a lower entry price – perfect.
- If going abroad, get your foreign currency in advance. Exchanging currency early gives you time to shop around for the best rate. If you’re organised, you can arrange a prepaid money card. These steps can help you save in the run-up to the holiday, avoid hefty airport charges and means you won’t be carrying a wad of cash around.
A top tip is to get a few Ziploc bags, label them up and put in the following items. It will be the ‘every eventuality bag.’
- Flight/travel details
- Travel money documents
- Insurance documents
- Emergency Contact list
- Hotel or apartment details
Top tip – give a copy of all of that to a trusted family member or friend.
- Charger cables – phones, tablets, camera
- Adapters for the country you are visiting
- Bathroom Pack
- Bug repellents
- Wet wipes
- Mini shampoo / conditioner / body wash
- Sun lotion
- Sanitary products
- Aftersun (just in case)
- Nail clippers
Phew! It seems a lot to do, but honestly, once you have a handy checklist and tick it off as you go, it will feel amazing to know you did it all with minimal worry.
Don’t forget – you deserve a stress-free holiday too!
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