Planning a family holiday can be stressful but the overall emotion should be excitement. Taking your family away for a fortnight in the sun or on an action-packed adventure will be the highlight of your year. It is a time to forget the stress of work, bond, and create some great memories. The best way to enjoy the anticipation of a family holiday is to prepare as thoroughly as you can on the run-up to your time away. Here I’ve listed the most important factors you need to consider in preparation for your holiday. So make a list and don’t forget the bucket and spade!
A week in the blistering sun is not the ideal holiday for all families. You may be a group of especially light-skinned people who struggle to cope with baking heat or you may be winter sports fanatics. If the former is the case perhaps consider a holiday closer to home. The south of England has some warm weather which does not get overwhelming as does the north of France.
If you have young children they will need to be kept occupied during a week or two away. A holiday such as the ones provided by UK Breakways to various Pontins destinations are perfect for keeping the kids entertained. Having face painting, tennis, and go-karts all organised for you is a hassle-free way to make sure they are kept busy. Alternatively, you could plan a family cycling holiday or even go on a city break.
If this is your only holiday of the year you may need to prioritise some relaxation time. It is not pleasant returning to work after a week away and not feeling like you have had any time to recharge your batteries. By having at least a few days somewhere where the kids will be kept occupied but you are able to kick back at the end of your holiday always works for me.
Do you have fussy eaters in your family? It’s a common issue. Probably best to avoid a remote Indonesian island where chips are not on the culinary radar. However, most holiday destinations these days are accommodating to the majority of diets.
Make sure you get the boring bits out of the way well in advance. Websites such as Money Supermarket are great for finding the best deals on travel insurance. Also, check your passports to ensure they are in date. It’s a surprisingly easy oversight to make!
If you have young kids you may want to avoid long haul flights. You may also want to factor in airport transfers if there are family members who suffer from travel sickness.
Make sure you have all the essentials way ahead of packing. Holiday wardrobe, toiletries and medication should be on shopping list well in advance of the packing phase of your preparation.
Pets and plants may need to be taken care of while you are away. Organise this with a neighbour or friend well long before you go away. Remember they may have a holiday planned for the same time.