March 20, 2018

Survival Tips For Your Next Family Holiday




Family holidays are supposed to be fun, right? Hmm… we will let you be the judge of that. However, if your experiences are similar to that of other families up and down the country, you can expect temper tantrums from your kids, arguments with your partner, and your own personal meltdown when everything does not go according to your well-orchestrated plans. Yes, family holidays can be very stressful indeed.


To help you get through your next family vacation, here are a few survival tips. You will thank us for them later, we're sure!


Survival Tip #1: Cut down on travel time
If you are traveling with kids in tow, you know you are in for a rough ride. A long journey can be hard and tiresome for all of you, especially when that familiar chorus of “are we there yet?” reverberates around the car or plane. Kids get bored easily, so do yourself a favor and try and book a holiday not too far away. Either that, or pack your carry-on with as many games, toys, and snacks as you can manage for the journey.


Survival Tip #2: Expect disaster
If something can go wrong, it will go wrong, especially on holiday. Your child will throw your hotel keys into the sea, your partner will end up spending the vacation ill in bed after drinking one too many tropical cocktails, and you will realize you ended up leaving your traveler’s checks on the sideboard at home. Disaster looms at every turn of the tide! Of course, you can plan ahead to try and avert some of these nightmares, but don’t fret if disaster does strike. Consider it part of the experience, and try and laugh them off as best you can.

Survival Tip #3: Travel with others
Don’t travel as just one family! You are doing yourself a lot of favors by traveling with another family, provided you get on with them, of course. You can then share some of the responsibility in looking after the children, have an extra arm for support, and have somebody else to share those precious memories with. Whether they are friends or members of your extended family - grandparents are great babysitters - this is something you should seriously consider if you need that moral and physical support.

Survival Tip #4: Don’t forget the kids
Make the kids part of the planning, provided they are of age and understand that money doesn’t grow on trees! By getting them excited, and in considering what they need from a holiday, you are cutting down a lot of the stress that comes from their sayings of “I’m bored” and “Are we going home yet?” So, resist your idea of touring all of the museums in your chosen city or lying on the beach all day. Your kids won’t be impressed! Find somewhere you will all enjoy, and you will all have a better holiday as a result.

Survival Tip #5: Remember your own needs
As a follow-on from the above, remember that it is your holiday too. While you should focus some of your planning on the children, you also need a break. So even if you are trawling around a theme park all day, or playing dress-up at ‘Captain Jack’s Pirate Adventure’ (if such a place exists), you need your downtime too. If you do have childminders with you, then great, go off and do your own thing. If not, at least find a hotel where you can unwind while your partner takes over - take a look at the hot tub and swimming pool at the Comfort Suites Marquette for example - sublime! By taking time out to rest, you will be better prepared to brave the rest of the vacation time, even if you do have to tour the ‘Barbie Princess Theme Park Of Love’ (which doesn’t exist - we checked - but you get what we mean).

Finally
Of course, your family holidays may go without a hitch, and stress may be something you have rightly left at home. Still, we hope our advice helped a little, and in any case, we hope your next family vacation time is a fantastic one!

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