Planning a holiday can be a bit of a headache. Whether you're looking for an action-packed weekend in the UK, an european break, beach summer holiday or some winter sun there's a lot of planning and research to make before you go away. As many families will be jetting off on their holidays this summer I thought it would be a great idea to share my top tips for planning a family holiday.
Here are some considerations to take into account whilst planning your next family holiday.
1. Choose your destination
Deciding on the right destination for you and your family can be rather intimidating. Where to go with young children, will it be family friendly, away from night clubs, will there be any kids clubs? There are so many decisions to make but it’s best to choose somewhere you know you and the children will enjoy visiting. Whether this be a beach holiday or a cruise holiday, you need to decide what will work best for everyone. Pop into your local travel agents and grab a few brochures or speak to a rep as they can help you decide on the perfect destination for your family from Iceland holidays to a luxury beach holiday. For families with babies under 6 months old you will need to be mindful that some countries will need vaccinations. It's also a good idea to visit a destination that isn't too hot either especially if you have very young children and they can't all take the heat as well as we can.
2. Plan your flights carefully
If possible try to book the flights around your baby or toddler’s nap time, especially if they are older they are less likely to just fall asleep at any time like they would if they were a newborn. Ask for a sky cot if your baby will need it and if you can afford it book an extra seat otherwise you will end up holding baby for the duration of the flight. You may be lucky enough and get them a seat if the flight isn't full towards the back of the aircraft but this isn't always available. For more tips and advice on flying with a baby check out this post.
3 . Pick a family friendly resort
Once you've decided on a destination, research a few resorts, ensure that they are family friendly and have to offer what you require and cater for your needs. Are you able to get a cot, is the room safe, what about a balcony? Is there enough entertainment for your child at the resort?
4. Ensure your passports haven't expired!
It's a good idea to check that your passports are in date before you book your holiday! You don't want to to find out that one of the kids passports have expired last minute and having to make plans for them to stay home with the grandparents. For more information on passports check out this helpful article via Mumsnet
5. Don't forget travel insurance!
This is vital! You don't want to be left with huge expenses to pay when you get back if anything were to happen. There are many great deals to be had, so it's worth shopping around before you buy. Some holidays come with travel insurance too so it's a good idea to check when booking and don't forget cheap is not always best!
Do you have any tips for planning a family holiday?
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