When planning family holidays, things can often get a little manic. If not planned properly, you could get caught up in the hustle and bustle of things, and forget important stuff like your essential documents, camera, or even one of your children (if you’re anything like Kevin’s mom in the movie Home Alone – which we’re sure you’re not!). So before you jet off on your family adventure, here are a few things you need to consider.
Plan in advance
Failing to plan is planning to fail. It was great advice from your dad, and it’s great advice for when you’re planning a holiday. Family holidays involve time and money, so you can’t afford to rush through the process. Planning in advance will give you enough time to mull over and discuss ideas with your kids and partner. You’ll also have more time to check out deals and read up on where to go and what to do.
Pick accommodation carefully
Picking a fancy boutique hotel isn’t always the best choice when travelling with kids. Sure, it’s got 300 thread count sheets, but do they have a kid’s club? A restaurant with a child-friendly menu? Remember, when travelling with kids, the place you’re staying at is an activity hub for when you’re not out and about.
If you want to spend most of your time exploring, pick accommodation in a central location, or within walking distance to the major attractions you plan to visit. Picking a hotel with a pool or close to the beach will keep your children entertained for hours.
Choose activities that everyone will enjoy
You don’t have to spend all your time at amusement parks and playgrounds, it’s your holiday too! If you have kids in different age groups, pick activities that everyone can enjoy: like sightseeing, museums, nature walks, watersports, and going to nature reserves and shows.
Set your priorities
What’s most important to you on a trip? The hotel you stay at? The destination you go to? The food you eat? Once you know the most important feature of your trip, it will be far easier to plan. Whether you want to embrace the great outdoors, stay in a lively city, or experience a different culture – it might be difficult to do it all, so pick the things that are high on your list, and would bring the most meaning to your trip.
Make a checklist
Everyone loves a checklist – and it could be extremely helpful when planning family holidays. You have so much on your mind as it is, and remembering every little last detail can be almost impossible. Create a checklist with all the essentials you want to bring with on your holiday. Here are some important things that should be on every family’s travel checklist:
Travel documents: This could include aeroplane tickets, hotel confirmation receipts, travel insurance, and passports.
Medical travel kit: A first aid kit could include plasters, painkillers, antihistamines, adhesive tape, cotton swabs, scissors, a digital thermometer, sunblock, after-sun lotion, and your everyday toiletries. If you require special shampoos or soaps, make sure to remember those too.
Clothing: An outfit for both hot and cold weather (The weather can be unpredictable sometimes), daily underwear, swimsuit, a hat, flip flops and comfortable walking shoes.
If you want to know more about how to plan amazing family holidays, download our guide Planning Your Perfect Family Holiday. If you’re thinking of planning a family holiday in Costa Blanca, get in touch with us. Our portfolio of family-friendly Costa Blanca hotels has everything you need for an unforgettable holiday.