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Whether your family holidays are an annual event or not, you want to ensure each and every one is special and fondly remembered by your children. To make sure both you and your little ones have a fantastic time, here are six tips for creating the most special family holiday possible.
Let your kids choose the destination
Okay, so you might not want to give them access to the whole globe – you do have a limited budget after all – but you can give your kids a choice in where you go on holiday. For example, you could let them pick between camping in France and skiing in Austria. Give details of each location and holiday type, so that your kids can make an informed decision.
Letting them pick the destination will make them feel more involved in the holiday, which will get them more excited than usual. You could even get them to help plan what to do each day – this will ensure they get to do what they want.
Do something different
Child-friendly all-inclusive holidays are popular with families because they’re easy and cost-effective. However, if you want your holiday to be really special, you need to do something out of the ordinary. Why not enjoy an Aboriginal food adventure in Australia, or go and see the orangutans in Borneo? Such experiences may not come cheap, but they’re perfect if you’re planning a one-off special holiday, and your kids will never forget it.
Learn something new
Wherever you go, there will be countless sports and skills your kids could learn whilst on holiday. You could teach them to surf in Hawaii, ski in Italy or practice Tai Chi in China. Giving your kids the chance to learn something new will spark some passion in them and ensure the whole holiday isn’t spent by the pool – you want them to take something away from the trip.
Who knows, they may love their new skill so much, they will continue to use it when they return home.
Take a road trip
Unless someone in your family suffers from travel sickness, taking a road trip is a great way to explore any area and allows you to pack much more into your holiday. You could travel across Europe, or explore Route 66. The world is your oyster.
The constantly changing scenery will remind everyone that they’re on an adventure – who knows what you’ll see and do each day? There’s nothing more exciting than a holiday full of surprises.
Keep your activities varied
Variety is the spice of life – even if you are going to Tenerife or somewhere equally beachy, it doesn’t mean you have to spend every day near the water. In fact, doing so will likely bore both you and the kids, making your holiday rather forgettable. To avoid this, make sure you’re doing something different each day. Florida, for example, isn’t just good for theme parks – you could spend one day at an American mall, another visiting an alligator swamp and a further lying on the famous Miami Beach. Wherever you decide to go, they’ll be loads of different things to do; don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.
Don’t forget that camera!
It’s important to document your family holidays, so that you always have something to look back on in the years to come. Therefore it’s vital to bring a camera with a big enough memory card – even better if it also have the ability to record video. You may want to give the little ones disposable cameras, so they can capture the trip from their perspective too.
Just remember not to bore your family by filming every single moment of everything they do! And try not to embarrass them too much either.
We hope these tips will inspire you to book that next special family holiday. It’s always good to have something to look forward to, and a holiday can be a great treat for kids who have just finished their exams or achieved something amazing at school. All time spent with your family is precious, so make sure you make the most of it.
Passing the time quickly and keeping kids entertained at the same time is ideal for when you’re travelling as a family unit.
‘I Spy’ is always fun when waiting for your plane to be ready to board, or whilst queuing for check-in. It’s not great when you’re driving or flying, because you move past objects outside the window too fast for the other person to guess, and the objects inside the vehicle are limited, but it can still be a great time-killer for when you’re practically stationary.
‘Carspotting’ sparks a bit of fun competition between children when they’re in for a long journey. Pick a colour or make of car (or combine both for older kids) and wait for the little ones to have their eyes glued to the windows hoping to win. This game can be adapted to spotting sheep, cows, planes and police cars… you get the idea.
‘Spot the lorry’ is a variation on the classic game of ‘carspotting’, and is hugely popular with kids and adults alike. If you’re in the UK, you have to count the number of Eddie Stobart trucks you see, but whilst abroad you can pick your own regional variation and count those. It provides a good amount of entertainment, whilst keeping the children relatively quiet (until they see a truck of your chosen brand!) and looking out the windows to stop them from suffering with motion sickness.
Sponsored silences are a little cheeky but it could give you a moments rest from the usual ‘we’re-going-on-holiday’ excitement and raucous. If you’re desperate for peace, offer the person who stays quiet the longest a prize.
Holidays mean that loads of families will be heading to the beach for a simple but exciting day out. But although it’s a great day out for all the family, it’s important to avoid some of the things which could lead to injury or an emergency situation. Here’s our guide to staying safe at the seaside:
Spending quality time with your family is one of the best things about being on holiday. Travelling with your parents or grandparents can also be really memorable and rewarding as you bond over the memories and experiences you have in one destination.
Kids can be a nightmare to travel longer distances with. With a bit of forward planning, travelling with children shouldn’t have to be a hassle and whilst it might make more work for parents, by taking everything into consideration you can focus on the holiday ahead and family bonding as opposed to trying to separate the fight in the seat behind you.
Below we’ve provided guidelines for each form of transport you could be taking to your chosen destination:
If you’re travelling by car:
If you’re travelling by plane:
If you’re travelling by boat: