By now you might have noticed that we love family holidays! Nothing like packing your bags and embarking on a family adventure together with your loved ones.
Although holidays are very enjoyable and we always look forward to them, it can be quite stressful planning a holiday with kids. It takes a lot of organisation and preparation to make sure it is as stress-free as possible.
Before You Go Away:
My best tip would be to plan holidays well in advance to ensure you get the best deals on accommodation, flights and entertainment. I start looking for deals as soon as we get back from our holiday, shopping around for the best rates.
It is a great idea to check out websites such as Tots Too to look for child-friendly holidays. Their luxury family holidays have been handpicked based on the needs of parents and little ones, so the whole family can make the most of their time away.
I try and travel light as much as we can, but it is hard to pack only one suitcase per person when you are travelling with children, let alone when going from cold London to sunny Brazil. We basically need clothing for all seasons, and swimwear too!
It is worth checking parking options available at your local airport, it is usually cheaper to book online. I noticed that Purple Parking offers a handy Meet & Greet service at Heathrow – perfect for families with lots of luggage like us! They also have a very useful travel advice guide on preparing for trips.
While You Are Away:
Forget about all your worries and concentrate on spending quality time with your family. It was a blessing in disguise when our resort in Italy had no Wi-Fi. Initially, I was planning on writing a couple of blog posts during our time away, but I was ‘forced’ to relax – hard job, I know, but someone had to do it!
We usually spend most of our holiday sunbathing, swimming and enjoying the beautiful views. My top tip would be to use every opportunity to build precious family memories, and remember to take lots of picture so you can look back to. Children grow up so quickly!
It can be quite hard getting children back to routine after a wonderful time away. This summer, we spent a lovely holiday in Sardinia, little man mentioned that he didn’t want to move from our ‘home in Italy’, he wanted to live there forever. Maybe it could be due to the fact that he enjoyed daily ice-creams…
I knew it would be hard for him to leave, so I started started speaking to him a couple of days before we were due back, and reminded him about his friends and family back home. Upon return, children could make a postcard with their favourite family holiday memories and share with loved ones to help get back to reality.
What are your best family holiday tips?