Family holidays should ideally be a time for relaxation and excitement with those closest to you. However, if it’s your first time jet-setting away with the family in tow, it could be a lot more difficult to handle should you not be prepared for it.
With that being said, here are just a few things you need to know before heading away on your very first family holiday.
Choose a suitable destination for everyone
One of, if not the most important part of a family holiday is finding a destination that is suitable for everyone. Consider the ages of your children as well as what you want – it’s important to find a destination that offers a perfect harmony for everyone.
Consider what you’re looking for from your holiday. If it’s adventure and thrills, a destination such as Disneyland – whether it be in France, Florida, California or elsewhere – could be a perfect getaway for the family. Something quieter? A beach holiday is always a safe bet, as recommended by the Telegraph, and you’re likely to find an all-encompassing resort perfectly suited to families in nearly every beach town or city around the world.
Although a family holiday doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s more likely than not that you’ll be forking out a fortune. Whether it be flights, accommodation, food or activities draining your cash, it’s important you establish a budget that’ll prevent you from being prematurely out of pocket.
A daily budget is perhaps the best idea for you and the family – establish just how much you can afford to spend on different sectors of your holiday every day, and you’ll save yourselves from going overboard with splashing the cash, as echoed by the Secret Traveller.
As an aside: be sure to save some money for unexpected payouts too, whether it be medical bills, transport or baggage fees.
Make an itinerary that suits everyone
Be sure to plan what exactly you all want to get from the holiday – don’t prioritise it around the little ones, but don’t also ignore their requests. Try and split the trip in half, allocating time to the adults for chilled out, relaxing days, and to the children for more upbeat, exciting activities.
Whether it be a trip to a waterpark, an excursion to a historic site or even a boat trip, there are plenty of ways to keep the little ones entertained – and when it’s your time, consider a voyage to the beach to relax, letting the kids paddle in the sea as you unwind.
Don’t forget anything when packing. Not only will you have to sort your own bags out, but you’re going to want to supervise the kids when they’re packing their things, too. The necessities such as toiletries, suitable outfits for your destination and paperwork are crucial – get these items packed first, so you don’t have to think about them at the last minute.
In terms of hand luggage, pack things that’ll keep the little ones entertained on the long journey. Navigating the airport is a stressful task for everyone involved, so make it as enjoyable as possible.
Consult your doctor before you go
It’s crucial you see your family doctor before you head abroad. Both you and the children (the latter arguably more so) are at risk of illness and potential diseases in certain parts of the world, and if your kids are yet to have been vaccinated against the most common of them, now’s the time to do so.
Any more tips for a perfect family holiday? Be sure to suggest them to your fellow travellers in the comments below.
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