With the holiday season approaching, it’s time to start planning your annual family getaway. For some families, this might be the first time going away with their kids. Others might have older children who go away with their parents regularly. Whether you’re bringing your tweenies on a trip to Disneyland Paris or taking your teens on a Caribbean cruise, here are a few suggestions to make your holiday go smoothly.
Have an Idea of Where You Want to Go
The age of your children play a crucial role in where you can go on holiday. If you have very young kids, you might want to have a weekend away somewhere local. This might include booking a few nights in a kid-friendly resort at the seaside. If you have older kids, you have more flexibility on where you can go. But you still don’t want to fly for several hours and have awkward connections. Parents with teenagers have the most flexibility when it comes to planning their holidays.
Ask Your Kid’s Where They Want to Go
If your children are old enough, let them have a say in where you go for your family vacation. You could show them pictures and videos online and get them to choose which place they like the most. Unless they’re under seven, this works for all ages. Perhaps you’re thinking about going to the beach or having a city break somewhere. If you want to go to the beach, show them lots of pictures of the place. Then they’ll start to feel excited. For a city break, research all the child-friendly activities in advance. Show them to your little ones.
Always Consider the Facilities
Choosing somewhere with the right facilities is crucial in having a memorial family holiday. Parents with younger kids need to make sure the resort has something that will cater to their interests. This might range from onsite kid’s clubs or play areas. Older ones would want to have more opportunities to make friends and have their independence. You can find all of this out by doing a bit of research upfront. It’s also a good idea to select three or four potential hotels and resorts. Then show them to your little ones and let them choose which one they like the most. By including your children in the decision making process, it reduces the chance of stress when you go away.
Plan a Surprise Trip
Imagine waking your children up one day with a surprise trip to somewhere they’d love. You can easily plan something for their birthday or Christmas. This instantly starts the holiday off in the right way. And you can almost guarantee that it will be one of the best vacations so far.
How to Plan For a Dream Family Vacation
The secret to an awesome family holiday is to make sure you go somewhere that suits the age and interests of your kids. Let them help you plan where to go and have your children decide on which resort to stay. And to take it to the next level, consider booking up your holiday and giving it to the kids as a surprise!