The summer holidays are a great time, but also an incredibly busy one. The kids are off school, the days are getting longer, and the weather warmer. At this time of year, there is only one thing on everyone’s minds – a holiday!
The annual family holiday is a big event in most households. A time for relaxing (well, sort of!), enjoyment and spending time together as a family; these are moments that will be treasured for many years to come.
However, when you have children, the days of sitting down and selecting a destination with ease are times of the past. Now, you have to take far more things into consideration. A destination that is family-friendly, can cater to the needs, wants and requirements of each individual family member, and still offers plenty of opportunities for fun activities and sights to see isn’t always easy to find. Plus, that’s not even mentioning the cost, as the school holiday summer price hike is a very real issue that affects a lot of families on tight budgets.
While the process of organising a holiday for your family may seem daunting, this is no reason to put things off or avoid going away altogether. A holiday is a perfect opportunity to spend some quality time making memories with the little ones – and a change of scenery is always good for the soul!
To help you overcome the anxiety and begin the process of planning your getaway, here are some top tips to assist you through the preparation stages.
Decide on a Location
Before you do anything else, you need to decide on a location. This is one of the most important parts of the whole process and should be a fun, exciting experience, though it can often cause stress and spark worries. If you are undecided on the location, it may be worth drawing up a shortlist of your chosen destinations and working out the positives and negatives of each one. This can help to influence your eventual decision and will also help to ensure the location you choose is suitable for you and your family.
Exotic Location or Staycation?
Similarly, it is also vital to ensure you have selected a type of holiday that suits you, your family, your requirements and your budget. One of the first decisions you will need to make will be regarding the location as a broader choice. Exotic locations are great, but travelling abroad with young children often brings more hassle than enjoyment. For a more family-friendly budget option, there are plenty of choices for great holidays much closer to home – and this is always our preferred option.
Pick out a charming countryside cottage or choose a camping/glamping holiday for the more adventurous types. Alternatively, a family caravan holiday can be a great way of getting back to your roots and remembering the nostalgia associated with your own childhood holidays. Allens Caravans offer a range of caravans for hire at holiday parks throughout the UK, offering the perfect option for your family holiday this summer.
Organise the Essentials
If you have decided to head abroad, you should check in plenty of time that passports for the whole family are valid and up-to-date. Health cover and travel insurance are also recommended, as you never know when something might go wrong. Similarly, travel to certain countries may require vaccinations prior to travel. If you are unsure of what is necessary, it is always best to check with your doctor or health care professional beforehand.
What to Pack?
When you are travelling with kids, it can be tempting to pack suitcase after suitcase with every single thing that you might possibly need. However, it is important to introduce a note of realism into this, as you can’t feasibly take everything with you (no matter how much you might want to) and it is only really the essentials that you need. Clean clothing, toiletries and a good book will usually suffice for you, but for the kids, you should make sure to pack additional clothing, just in case, as well as a range of their favourite toys. Make sure to bring only travel-friendly toys – anything particularly noisy is probably not going to end well.
Booking a family holiday needn’t be something to cause undue stress. With the proper planning and preparation, your summer holiday will be organised and booked up in no time at all!