Going on a breakaway with children in tow? If so, you are probably feeling a little nervous about how it’s going to go. It’s not surprising – taking your kids on a holiday is not exactly a relaxing experience. They will be pumped full of adrenaline, and want to make the most of every last minute – but at the same time, they will be exhausted. And as we all know, a tired child is a temperamental thing! But don’t worry – these tips should help you navigate through any potential problems.
Research and planning
A successful family holiday is all about doing your research and planning your itinerary. You have to have a rough idea of what you will do each day – and also have an alternative in place. You can’t rely on the weather, so backup plans and activities are going to ease your stress levels.
Stay in the right place
Make sure that you choose the right accommodation. Kids aren’t going to enjoy being on lockdown, so be careful that any hotel you go to has plenty of child-friendly policies and activities. Try looking for a package that includes a lot of different activities – check out these great ideas for a family holiday with a difference. Another thing to bear in mind that different places around the world have different views about children. You might find that certain restaurants don’t like having children dining there, for example.
Don’t pack too much
Traveling light when you have children is not usually an option. Let’s face it, even a trip across town can mean filling the car up with baby and toddler necessities. Even if you are only going out for a couple of hours. So, while you aren’t going to be able to cut back on the kids things, you can travel lighter yourself. Make sure you have one outfit suitable for all weathers and leave behind things that aren’t essential. Assuming you are off to sunnier climes, then a few t-shirts, shorts, and swimsuits will get you by easily enough. And you should have room left for a nice evening outfit – on the off chance that you get a night to yourselves.
Take some time for yourself
Don’t forget to allow yourself some time. Of course, it’s going to be difficult – but it is certainly far from impossible. Many family-friendly hotels will offer creche facilities and babysitting services. Even if you get out as a couple for one evening, it will give you a chance of getting a moment’s relaxation. Also, think about mixing up the childcare duties amongst yourselves. You will want the majority of the holiday to be all of you together, but you can always have a day here or there to yourself. In fact, it’s the only way you might get to see a little more of your destination. Particularly those things that kids don’t like, such as museums, galleries, and historical business.
And that’s all there is to it. With excellent planning, you should be able to have a wonderfully relaxed time away with your family. Happy traveling!