Unsure how to go about planning a family activity break and guarantee it doesn’t turn into a disaster waiting to happen? The key is to plan ahead. To ensure your holiday doesn’t descend into chaos, discuss all the different options as a family, so everyone, children included feel like they have a say in the planning of the family holiday.
If the thought of organising your next big family holiday makes you want to curl up on the couch, don’t worry, help is on hand. Holidays with the kids can be fun, adventurous, luxurious and most importantly relaxing and stress-free. Here are some relatively simple and easy tips to avoid a family holiday disaster…
First lets start with transport, if you are flying, it’s important to know before you depart, the total number of pieces of luggage you will be taking with you on holiday. That includes check-in luggage, carry-on, and speciality items such as skis, car-seats, strollers etc. Checking in can often be chaotic and a bad start to a holiday, a stress-free check-in means you start your holiday on the best footing.
To avoid all of the uncertainty of travel and check-in worries why not holiday closer to home. Take short trips within your own country and take advantage of historical sites, national parks and other attractions closer to your home.
If you are travelling with young pre-teen children and find they are getting restless, consider stopping early and saving the activity for another time. Sometimes just getting back to your accommodation is all they want to do.
While in the planning stage of your holiday, each family member has to be honest about what they want from the holiday and be open to ideas from other family members. Remember it’s a family break, not an individual one. All opinions must be taken into account.
Also at the planning is the budget, think of what you’ll need to pay for, accommodation flights, car-hire, insurance, entertainment, food and drink, and set a limit. Overestimating a budget rather than underestimating is encouraged, as there always little extra costs that come up.