Getting away from it all for a week or two should be relaxing, but if you’re travelling with kids, holidays can be anything but. If you want to make sure your next family holiday is a success, it's worth bearing in mind the following top tips.
Location, location, location
Firstly, it’s vital that you choose the perfect destination. Far flung adventures that take you thousands of miles from home may seem exotic and exciting, but breaks like this can turn out to be stressful and disappointing if you have little ones in tow. Instead, it's much safer to choose locations that are a little closer to home. European holidays are perfect, and Spain’s bustling capital is a great choice. For families jetting off on Madrid city breaks, you and your family can make the most of the Madrid Amusement Park, Museum of Natural Sciences and Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
Before you commit to a city or country, make sure you can find accommodation that suits your family and has all the relevant facilities.
Preparation is everything
It’s amazing how much more stuff you have to pack when you’re heading abroad with children. To minimise the risk that you’ll forget crucial items, and to ensure that your baggage falls within your airline’s specified weight limit, it’s a good idea to pack early.
Of course, you’ll have to make sure you have all the relevant documentation to enable your family to travel too.
Avoid tears and tantrums while on the move
You might struggle to get your kids to your local supermarket and back without outbreaks of tears and tantrums, so the prospect of taking them hundreds of miles may seem daunting to say the least. However, there are ways to make travelling easier. For example, when you’re packing, make sure you keep journey essentials such as snacks and toys to hand.
Also, don’t feel guilty about keeping your children occupied with electronic games. This is a handy way to pass the time. However, make sure you have a backup in case of technical problems or flat batteries. Colouring books and puzzles are always great fall back options.
When planning your journey, try to break it up into manageable chunks. This may mean it takes longer to get to and from your destination, but the process will be much less stressful.
Keeping little ones entertained
Keeping youngsters entertained on holiday can prove tricky. To make sure your kids approve of your itinerary, let them choose a couple of activities themselves. Also, encourage them to keep a record of the trip by taking pictures or keeping a journal. Another top tip is to buy your kids local toys. These items have a great novelty factor and they make fantastic keepsakes.
By bearing advice like this in mind, you should be able to ensure your next family sojourn is a roaring success for both you and the little ones.
Jane Lennox is a full time mum to twin daughters Maggie and Megan. She likes to take her family on long walks, picnics, trips to the nearby coast and holidays around Europe.
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