Family holidays make for some truly priceless memories, and can be a great way for the whole clan to recharge their batteries, and bond with each other away from the constant rush of work and school. However, with the wrong kind of approach, family holidays can quickly turn into one long stress-fest! Here are a few planning tips to help you ensure an unforgettable holiday the whole family will love.
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Once you’ve established some dates and taken the time off work, naturally you may start to feel pretty relaxed, and simply get into a mindset of counting down the days. However, there’s still going to be a lot of preparation you need to do, and leaving too much of it too close to the leaving date is a sure-fire way to get your holiday off to a stressful start. As soon as you know the holiday is definitely going to happen, start shopping for it. From finding cheap flights on Skyscanner to phrasebooks and guides to that pair of Vilebrequin swim shorts you saw on a billboard the other day, get a list together and spread out your holiday shopping over the time you have left. This way, you’ll be able to spend more time putting your feet up and dreaming about sun and sand, rather than going crazy from stress looking for everything you need!
List the Things You Really Have to See
Another important thing to cover, long before you head out with your family, is the kind of attractions, sights and activities you want to include in the itinerary. Again, it’s important to do a lot of online research for this, shortlisting the destinations and activities that your family wants to make time for. Just keep a cap on these according to the time you have in your destination, and the budget you have for the whole trip. You’re probably not going to see everything you want to, especially if the itinerary’s looking pretty cramped as it is, or you know there are things one member of your family wants to see, which the others would find a little tedious. Aside from getting everything nice and organised ahead of time, you may also be able to book tickets in advance, saving money, and skipping the queues. In many European cities, there are also tourist passes that offer cheaper entry into the most popular attractions.
Have your Journey Itinerary Ready
The devil is in the details, especially when you’re a parent trying to make sure their family holiday goes off without a hitch. Plan your journey down to the smallest details before you lock the house up and get everyone into the taxi. Get every last aspect timed and costed, leaving plenty of room for the mishaps that can happen on the first day of a big family adventure. Everything from reaching the airport to getting to your hotel to the restaurants you’re going to be eating in should be written down somewhere. Being able to reach for the journey itinerary can be a godsend in some cases.