Travelling with your family – and especially with young kids – can be tough. From finding a city that’s safe and securing suitable accommodation to putting together an itinerary that (almost) everyone agrees on, every step of the planning process is hard graft.
But…it doesn’t have to be.
Whether you’re planning a city break or a beach holiday, these 10 tips will help you plan a great family trip.
Lock down the date early
It doesn’t matter if you’re a family of 3 or a family of 6, organising diaries can be really tough. From school holidays to work meetings, finding a week that everyone is available is often next to impossible.
The best way to make sure everyone finds the time? Book early. And when we say early, we mean EARLY, even a year or more in advance.
Do your research
This is obvious, but worth mentioning. The first step in planning a great family holiday is – of course – picking a destination. And, when you’re travelling with a large group, it’s important you pick a destination that suits everyone.
Consider language barriers, safety, and cost initially and, once you’ve narrowed down your options, really try to consider what everyone in your family wants to get from the holiday. Are you keen to relax or get active? Are you escaping the cold or chasing the snow?
Book easy flights
When you’re travelling solo, it’s no big deal to get up at the crack of dawn for a flight or suffer a 6-hour layover. If you’re travelling with young kids and even teenagers, though, it’s worth splurging a bit on flights if it means you have an easier and faster trip to your destination.
Bonus: Make sure you also consider time differences! If you’re flying from America to London, for example, you’ll likely feel some serious jet lag by the time you land. Timing it so that you arrive at night-time means you and your kids will be able to head straight to your hotel in Queens Garden (or wherever you’re staying!) and sleep.
Thank us later!
Find the perfect hotel room
Speaking of hotels, there’s a lot more to consider than just your check-in time.
Families visiting London will want to make sure they choose accommodation located in the heart of a city, that way you don’t spend all your time and money commuting from attraction to attraction. Next to location, the amenities offered by the hotel and the size o the room itself are equally as important.
Anyone travelling with older kids will no doubt want to look at double room accommodation, that way everyone has a bit of privacy.
Aim to do a bit of everything
As mentioned earlier, it’s important to remember that a family holiday is everyone’s holiday. That means that adults and kids should have a say in what you see, do, and eat while away.
And, you never know! Kids may drag their feet at the mention of a museum and end up loving interactive exhibits and adults might find their inner-kid at a theme park.
Don’t try to do too much
Of course, trying to do too much can ruin your holiday. No one wants a strict schedule during their time off of work or school, so allow some flexibility in whatever itinerary you’ve put together.
After all, the journey is the destination!
Unplug and unwind
Most importantly – and more relevant today than ever – make sure you unplug while you’re on holiday. For parents, this means really taking a break from work and giving kids your full attention and time. And, for kids, this means putting the phones, tablets, and laptops away and really experiencing a new place.