Family holidays are supposed to be a time for relaxation and enjoyment as you experience new surroundings in the company of the people that you care about the most. However, a break with the family doesn’t always turn out the way that you imagine: busy schedules, the dangers of unfamiliar environments and unruly kids can cause your meticulously planned holiday to unravel.
To help ensure that your family holiday runs as smoothly and as safely as possible, try these useful hints and tips.
To cut the cost of your family holiday, booking the break as early as possible is a great idea. If you’re flying to your destination of choice, you can book as early as 9 months in advance, when the cheapest seats are still available. If you’re travelling by bus or train, you can save a lot by booking just a few months in advance.
As well as saving your bank account, booking early offers several other advantages. With you travel arrangements out of the way you can focus your energy on preparing for your break. The first place to start is with insurance, which is vital if you’re going away with children. Kids can be particularly vulnerable to things like food poisoning, so make sure you’ve got adequate cover in the case that you have to make holiday illness claims.
Of course, prevention is better than the cure, and you can reduce the risk of having to make a claim for holiday accident compensation by doing a bit of research on the area that you’re going to.
If you intend to eat out when you’re away, try to learn about a few well recommended restaurants. You should also learn about the things you can do there and, just as importantly, the things that are prohibited, as well as any immediate dangers.
You should also check up on the weather conditions of the area and any necessary equipment that you’ll need when you’re away. For instance, you might need armbands if you’re taking your kids to an area by the sea or if you’re hotel has a pool. If the weather is particularly warm, then make sure you stock up on sun cream. It’s a good idea to buy these things off season, when the prices will be considerably lower than during the holiday period.
It’s a good idea to check up on local customs and tourist attractions. However, while it’s important to keep children occupied, don’t overload the schedule. It could become difficult to stick to which can be disappointing. Moreover, some of the most enjoyable times you can have are those that are unplanned, so leave plenty of free time for you and your children to go and explore the local area.
When you arrive in your holiday destination, it can be a little disorientating, however, it’s vital not to forget the basics: keep your children supervised at all times and remember to keep yourself and the kids hydrated, especially in an area with a warm climate.
Taking your kids on holiday can be a bit stressful, but you shouldn’t let that put you off from taking a break with them, after all, there’s nothing more enjoyable than keeping your little ones safe.