Travel Tips For The Ultimate Family Holiday!
Family holidays can be the best time to make amazing memories with your loved ones. A new destination, a different culture, loads of fun and exciting activities, but most of all, the bonding and relaxation you get to spend while away is always the highlight of your holiday. Though family holidays can all be fun, sand, and sea, there can also be stressful moments and certain mishaps that may just back your ultimate getaway a depressing one! We’ve come up with a few travel tips that could save you from the holiday blues, and instead make your halal travels the best it could be!
Choose a holiday suitable for everyone
Holidays are all about having fun and spending time together. With family holidays planning can be a lot trickier as your dealing with children of different ages. Once you’ve decided you’d like to go on holiday, choose a few options and get your kids involved with the decision making. Make sure you choices are all family friendly and have suitable facilities and activities for the ages of your kids. Remember, even though you’re the parent and have the final word, a family holiday wouldn’t be the ‘ultimate’ holiday without getting your kids involved with what they’d like to do too.
Find a helping hand
Simply getting your children ready on a daily basis can be a handle, what more when it comes to booking and planning a family holiday. If you’ve decided on a place to go, or are still searching, why not seek the help of a travel specialist to help you with the most important details. Just like the services we offer at Serendipity, us travel specialists can do all the work for you! From ensuring every visa, flight booking, airport transfer, and hotel is booked and ready to go, to planning excursions and activities, the extra helpful hand can mean a stress free holiday right from the planning to landing back home.
Once you’ve decided on your holiday destination, it’s always good to book as soon as possible and way ahead of your scheduled departure. Depending on where you’re going, ticket and hotel prices can be a lot cheaper when booking in advance, not only can you save money and get great discounts and offers, you’ll also have plenty of time to save up for your exciting family adventure.
Take advantage of modern technology
If you’ve got little children with you, and you’re holiday destination includes hours in a car or plane, then you need to take advantage of the modern day technology. Though you may not be one that believes in letting your children spend hours on a tablet playing games or watching videos, you may be surprised how much of a live saver these gadgets can be! Be prepared and download a few new games; perhaps let your kids choose a movie in advance or an educational game or app that lets them get familiar with where you are going. No matter what they end up doing, having happy, silent children on a long flight or drive is always a plus!
Take the essentials
Holidays by yourself or with a partner are completely different when you’ve got children with you. If packing for yourself is not hard enough, you’ve now got to plan packing all the necessary things your children are going to need! Instead of getting to bring loads of shoes and clothes for your personal use, you’ve got to be practical and only bring the essentials seeing as you’ll be needing a lot more space for your children’s things! Try and pack the minimum, but always remember to think out of the box and pack anything extra your child may need while on holiday.
Before you set off for your much awaited family getaway, it’s always best to plan in advance on what activities you hope to do. Depending on the ages of your children, certain activities may be limited. Try to get your children involved when planning your ‘to do list’ as this gives them the opportunity to voice the ideas and opinions. Family holidays are all about spending time together and having fun, so make sure everyone has a turn doing something they’ll enjoy, or find activities that everyone can participate in. Not only will your children be happy and prepared for your holiday adventures, but you parents will also be less stressed on what to do next!
Despite your holiday being a ‘family’ holiday, there’s absolutely no harm in wanting to spend some quality time with just yourself and your partner. If your children are young and need supervision, try looking for a hotel that offers babysitting services so you and your partner can enjoy a romantic meal or a relaxing spa while you kids get the chance to chill out in their cool hotel room. Most children will find the idea of being in a hotel without their parents the ultimate ‘holiday highlight,’ they’ll have a sense of freedom, yet at the same time you won’t have to worry about their safety and doings. It’s always best to discuss this with your kids beforehand so they know the plan, and so they can prepare themselves with indoor activities while you’re away.
Lastly, and most importantly, be realistic! Remember you family holiday is about everyone. You may have loads of great ideas and activities planned for the days ahead, but depending on the ages of your children and even other family members, not everything is always going to suit everyone. If you’ve got small children or elderly family members with you, try evening out your activities over your stay, and plan on visiting places that all ages can enjoy.
It’s unlikely your family holiday is going to go 100% smoothly, but then again that’s what makes family holidays as fun as they are! As long as you’ve come prepared, and are being realistic with your plans and expectations, then you should be all geared up for your ultimate family getaway with the most important people in your life!
If you’d like to find out what amazing family offers we have available, feel free to visit our ‘Family Escapades’ page on our website, or contact us as we’d be more than happy to help you plan your next great adventure!