Before you were a parent, you could just book any last minute getaway deal, or pick a luxurious romantic beachside resort. However with a baby or young children in tow, it’s not quite as simple. Your first family holiday can be an apprehensive experience, but if you plan carefully, you can make it a relaxing and enjoyable break.
To make amazing memories on your first family holiday, here are a few things you may want to consider:
Child Friendly Accommodation
Goodbye worry free apartment, hello safety conscious accommodation. When you have little ones, you need to consider practicality. If you choose a hotel, make sure they have child friendly amenities, such as a kid’s pool, cots and high chairs. Or, if you want quality family time without the worry of a crying baby disturbing guests, or your child’s food tastes not being catered to, a self catering villa may be a good option – Tots to Travel have a great selection for young families.
Check Flight Times
While you may be happy to sit on an 8 hour flight that leaves at 5am, chances are, your children won’t feel the same. Time is everything when you’re travelling with kids, so try to find locations with shorter flights and aim to find sociable departures. Whatever you choose, make sure you have a list of flight activities and entertainment to make your journey a little easier.
Plan Your Itinerary
While you may be happy to go hiking or spend a day sun bathing, your kids will probably require something more. To keep your children happy, make sure you plan a good itinerary. If your children are older, plan a day at a water park or an excursion to another town. For younger ones, focus on small and simple activities, like collecting shells or paddling in the pool.
Organise and Reorganise
You can never be too prepared when going on a family holiday for the first time. To make your holiday as stress-free as possible, pack early making sure everything is washed and prepped, organise a basic first aid kit, buy snacks and drinks for the drive to the airport, and checking in early for your flight to ensure you are all sat together. Remember while you’re planning that whatever you do now, means less to organise while you’re away.
Your first family holiday should be a fun filled experience. Follow these tips to reduce the pressure and make sure you have a great time.