Planning a family holiday can be difficult, particularly if you are trying to please everyone in the family. Family holidays make everyone happy, bring everyone closer, are hugely important in a child’s development and will give them lifelong memories. In fact, the benefits last far longer than spending hundreds of pounds on new toys whether you stay in the UK or go abroad. Often the best family holidays are a combination between relaxation and recharging, fun and a touch of exploration and adventure. With such a big world to choose from, here are 5 tips to help you plan a holiday which will last a lifetime.
- Think about your past holidays – good and bad
When you look back on previous day trips, weekends away and holidays, what was a success? You can learn a lot from previous experiences in terms of the types of activities everyone enjoys, comfortable climate and also what you wouldn’t want to do again. Talk to your family about their best memories and see if you can find inspiration.
- Consider which accommodation is best
You need to decide if you want to go for a self-catering option, half board or all-inclusive based on what you will enjoy most (and what suits your budget). Some families prefer to shop in the local markets and prepare homemade meals, while others enjoy heading out to restaurants and letting others do the hard work for a change.
- Think outside the box
While it’s fine to revisit old favourites which are comfortable, sometimes it’s worth resisting the temptation and trying somewhere or something new. Whether you change the destination or you add a few new activities into your itinerary. A new challenge is all part of learning and growing for children and adults, and you may even discover a new favourite. Alternatively, you could change how you get there.
Maybe take a ferry rather than a plane or drive a camper van across the UK. If you want to give the kids a trip they’ll never forget, you could even hire a private jet to take you there in style. If you can be flexible with your dates you may be able to get an empty leg flight which is like a private jet but for less money. Find out more from Stratos Jets Charters.
- Get the kids involved in your choice
If you find that you can’t decide between a few places, why not discuss the options with the children? They may have some great ideas about the kind of holiday they would like to take and older children may even be able to help you with your research. Are there special festivals or events happening when you will be there? Are the children learning a language at school which they’d like to practice? If the children can research places to visit and things to do and present their ideas to the rest of the family they will be much more enthused while there.
- Plan a 2-in-1 holiday
If you really can’t decide where to go or there is a difference of opinion in the family, consider combining two types of holiday into one. Maybe you fly into a city and explore for a few days, before hiring a car and heading out to the countryside for an adventure and end by relaxing on a sun-kissed beach. It could solve a lot of arguing and ensure that everyone gets the ultimate family holiday this year.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.