So, you’ve spent months scrolling through fantastic holiday deals online and you’ve finally booked your accommodation and flights. Now you and your family are counting down the days until you can escape the stresses of day to day life to enjoy some sun, sea and sand.
Of course you will want your time away on this maiden family adventure to be as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, but a child’s idea of a grand family holiday is very different to their parent’s. So to help things all go a little bit more smoothly, here are eight dos and don’ts for family holidays; little tips which will keep the whole clan happy whilst soaking up the sun this summer!
Don’t forget your passports
This might seem like a pretty obvious one, but you’d be surprised how often it happens. There will be no hope of hopping on that plane for your summer holiday if you accidentally leave them lying on your dining table at home. Make sure passports are the first thing you cross off your checklist before packing. Your children will also need their own passports, so make sure you apply for one well before your departure date, otherwise your summer holiday may turn out very differently.
Do remember play time
After finally escaping the stresses of the office, it’s all too easy to retreat to sunbathing on white sandy beaches for days on end. But whilst you may be happy to spend your entire holiday soaking up the rays, your children will not. A child envisions building tall sand castles and digging great big holes, so why not purchase a little bucket and spade and other beach toys to keep them busy? Who knows, maybe you’ll find yourself getting sucked in to playtime too!
Don’t stick to the same old food
Let’s say you’re headed to destinations you’ve never visited before on your holidays. If you’ve never been there before, it’s likely you’ve never tasted the local food either. So, why not take the opportunity as a family to immerse yourself in the culture and try some? And who knows, maybe your weekly Sunday roast could be replaced by a sea-food paella or tasty Italian pasta.
Dodge the daylong boat trip
A daylong boat trip is a popular holidaying excursion, especially amongst parents. It’s relaxing, you witness some incredible sites and you get to dive into the glistening warm sea at some point or another. But as a first family holiday activity its a risky business going for a whole day on a boat. Children who may never have fought the ocean waves before may suffer from sea sickness, and to spend the whole day reassuring an ill child that ‘it will all be over soon’ isn’t a fun proposition – approach with caution.
So, those are our do’s and don’ts for a successful first family holiday. Bear these in mind and we’re sure you’ll have a holiday to remember.