You work hard all year round; you go through the cold months of winter, you see barely any sun in your hometown, so you deserve to enjoy a family holiday come the summertime. In fact, you deserve a break that is as stress-free as it can possibly be.
Unfortunately, things do not always go to plan in this regard. From the kids playing up more than usual to one of your suitcases going missing at the airport, there’s always something to make your holiday much tougher than it needs to be.
There are things that you can do to ensure that your family holiday is as fun and as restful as you need it to be, though. Here are five tips for a stress-free holiday:
Think about your kids when it comes to your destination and accommodation
There are no two ways about it — when it comes to sorting out the destination of your holiday and what type of accommodation you are going to stay in while on it, you have to figure your kids into your plans somewhere along the line. If this means giving villa holidays preference over staying in a hotel because of the baby and toddler amenities on offer, then do so. Or, if this means changing your mind with regards to the exact geographical location that you choose to stay in as one area is more child-friendly than another, then do it. You can still, of course, factor in whatever it is you need to have a relaxing break. Catering to the wants and needs of your kids in this instance will, though, save you a lot of headaches as your holiday progresses.
Keep your children engaged and entertained throughout
Year in, year out you ask yourself the same question: how do I have a stress-free family holiday despite my children knocking lumps out of one another from the moment we set off to the moment we get back home? The answer is simple; you keep them engaged and entertained. This doesn’t mean pandering to them by making the whole trip about them; it just means not forgetting about fitting them into your holiday plans, something that is surprisingly easy to do. Well, how can you expect your kids to be as well-behaved as you want them to be if nothing about your holiday stimulates them?
A great way to keep your children engaged and entertained is to keep them active. They don’t want to be lounging around the pool all day, they want to be in the pool having fun — you’re going to have to put that book down every so often, then, and take the plunge with them. Quite simply, you have to embrace expiration, action, and adventure, and you have to ensure that no two days of your holiday are the same.
Pack as lightly as you can
To avoid the potential holiday-ruining plight that is losing items of clothing, surprisingly, it is a good idea to pack light. This might sound counterproductive, surely packing less makes you less prepared should you actually lose something? But keeping the number of items that you choose to bring with you right down will give you a better grasp of your inventory. Quite simply, with a small number of clothes to remember, you make everything far more traceable — it’s easier to remember to pack away five t-shirts than it is, say, seventeen, for instance. Should you, in fact, ever lose an item of clothing while you are away on holiday, you could buy something to tide you over until you return home.
Keep the travelling as simple as possible
Children do not take too kindly to long, drawn-out bouts of travelling. By making everything about your journey to your holiday destination longer and more complicated than it needs to be, then, you are going to open yourself up to a world of trouble. It is for this reason why you should keep everything about your travelling as simple as it can be.
To do this, you should:
- Cut down your journey time, i.e., opt to fly instead of taking a train.
- Ensure that your kids have enough to entertain them throughout the journey.
- Make pitstops along the way when you have no choice but to travel a long distance.
- Seriously consider changing your holiday destination if the travelling is going to prove too much of a problem.
Don’t leave sorting out your departure to the last minute
Like it or not, you will have to depart from your holiday destination and head home at some point. You may want to forget all about that dreaded time, but doing so will only increase your stress as the end of your holiday approaches.
Why leave everything to the last minute and rush to get everything sorted ten minutes before you’re due to check out when you can slowly but surely get everything in place for your departure throughout the course of your holiday? This doesn’t mean packing away things that you still need halfway through your stay. It just means staying on top of your dirty laundry and your important travel documents to ensure that nothing is holding you back from being able to depart at the exact time that you need to.
To enjoy a truly stress-free family holiday, you need to put the above advice into practice. You should take the wants and needs of your kids into consideration when it comes to your holiday destination and the accommodation that you choose to stay in. You have to ensure that they remain engaged and entertained throughout your stay, remember to pack lightly, keep the travelling simple, and avoid leaving everything about your departure to the last minute. Take this advice, and you’ll be sure to have the relaxing holiday that you want, need, and, above all else, deserve.