Family holidays are fun, but they aren’t going to be peaceful journeys but I think the majority of parents know that already. Whether you’re going to a holiday park, a skiing trip, a journey abroad of just a day out to the beach you should expect things to be a little difficult at times.
Family holidays even with all the planning in the world probably won’t run smoothly, but that doesn’t mean you need to get angry or feel down. After all, it’s a family holiday which means everyone should have fun and enjoy themselves.
All too often parents can focus so much on ensuring their children are happy that they can forget to have fun themselves. But there’s also the journey to and from your holiday destination to consider. It might sound cliché but the cry of “are we there yet” is very real and something every parent should prepare for.
It might not all be fun and games but family holidays are something every family should experience. You’ll build a stronger relationship with each other and make memories you’ll treasure for years to come.
And with my family holiday survival guide, you’ll be able to avoid or deal with almost any problem you come across. So without further ado let me introduce you to my family holiday survival guide.
Step 1 – Book Your Holiday Early
Spontaneous holidays are fun, exciting and romantic but when it comes to family holidays planning is key. You’ll want to book as early as possible to give yourself plenty of time to plan everything. Remember you should also take school holidays and term times into account as well and don’t book anything till you are 100% sure everyone will be free.
Step 2 – Be Practical
Family holidays need to be something the whole family can enjoy regardless of the ages involved, this might sound simple but is trickier in practice. If you really can’t think of anything then try searching for family holiday resorts or consider a trip to a caravan holiday park instead.
Step 3 – Make Sure You Have Everything You Need
No matter how you’re getting to your holiday destination whether you’re driving or taking public transport make sure you’ve packed all your essentials. This could include a car seat, backrest, nappies, snacks and much more.
If you are planning on driving to your holiday destination then make sure take regular brakes as well. If you do some research beforehand you should be able to work out at least a rough estimate of how long traveling should take.
Step 4 – Technology Works Wonders
It’s understandable and in fact sensible that as parents you might want to keep children away from devices like smartphones and tablets, or at least ensure they’re not on them all the time. But when it comes to traveling they can really help a lot. They give your children something to focus on and play with and offer such variety that children are unlikely to get bored.
Step 5 – Have Activities Planned
There’s nothing worse than finally getting to your holiday destination and then not knowing what to do. With family holiday parks this might not be too much of an issue since they’ll be a lot of potential things you can do onsite, but if you’re visiting a foreign country or place you’ve never been before, make sure you do some research and know what there is to see and do.
Step 6 – Treat Yourself
A family holiday should be something the whole family will enjoy and that includes mum and dad! Now, of course, leaving your children to enjoy a romantic meal isn’t really an option but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and treat yourself.
Whether it’s visiting a gallery or museum, having a fancy lunch or simply treating yourself at the shops, there’s plenty of ways you can indulge yourself a little on a family holiday. But remember don’t forget to treat the kids as well after all there’s nothing wrong with a little bribery now and then.