Sorting out a vacation can be stressful enough when it’s just a couple of adults – but when you’ve got a whole family to plan for, then it can become even more complex! Thankfully, this guide will help smooth out the process a bit. Here are some of the key questions you should be asking yourself when you’re eyeing up accommodation for you and your family!
Is there daycare and entertainment?
Not that we want to advocate watching television while you’re on vacation, but let’s face it: sometimes, you just want to stay in your hotel room. Sometimes the weather will be too bad for adventures. In that case, having some form of entertainment at the hotel becomes pretty important – though it’s worth mentioning that books make for very good entertainment, and kids can read them anywhere! You should also consider any daycare facilities; if the adults want to go somewhere without the kids, then it’s essential that they’re looked after by professionals on-site. Leaving them in the hotel room isn’t exactly wise!
Is the neighbourhood safe?
If you want to step outside the hotel and go for a walk with the family, then you should probably ensure that you’re in a safe area. If you’re going to a family resort, then you generally don’t have to worry about this at all! But if you’re staying somewhere more urban or public, then it’s worth looking up the area to check for crime stats and the like. Finding somewhere in a nice and safe area, such as a hotel in Belgravia, London, could be key to ensuring that your family has a great time and is safe while they’re at it!
Is it close to your desired destinations?
When you’re travelling with kids, you’re travelling with impatient people! They can get bored pretty easily, and they definitely get tired much quicker than we do. So it’s not exactly prudent to have the transport time during your trip to be longer than it needs to be. So the closer your hotel is to all the things you want to see, the better! Of course, it’s worth remembering that hotels close to tourist attractions tend to be a little more expensive – but it may be worth it if it means the kids won’t get grumpy or sleepy on the way there or back!
What’s the food like?
If you’re staying at a hotel, you should get as much information as you can about the food they serve there. You may think that you don’t have to because you’ll be going to restaurants instead, but what if that doesn’t turn out to be the case? Whatever if someone gets ill and you can’t leave the hotel? What if nearby restaurants are all booked up? You need to make sure the food that’s available, either via room service or on-site restaurants, are suitable for your family. If anyone’s got any particular dietary needs or allergies, this becomes even more important! Kids are famously fussy eaters, so make sure you’re around places that can fit everyone’s tastes.
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