It doesn’t matter what age the children are, planning a holiday that works for everyone can be a real trial. You might dream of relaxing on a hot beach, while your partner yearns to hike in the mountains. As for the kids? They want to know where the nearest theme park or splash park are!
Here are some strategies you can adopt to plan for a holiday that works for everyone.
Planning the perfect family break
- Think outside the box. You don’t always have to go for a ‘sunshine’ holiday (though admittedly, it is nice to feel the warmth on your skin). Some colder destinations are amazing to explore, such as the Northern European countries like Denmark (just tell the kids that Lego comes from there) or, closer to home, somewhere like Scotland. Just remember to go prepared with plenty of clothing, waterproof jackets, and some brollies!
- Look for somewhere varied. If you all like doing different things, try searching for somewhere that offers a bit of everything. For example, busy Mediterranean resorts usually have great beaches and pools, plus some cultural attractions nearby. If you’re not sure what everyone’s priorities are, get them to write down what they’d ideally like to do while away.
- Chat as a family. Tell the kids to pop down their ipads for a while, and join in the family holiday chat. Spend the evening considering your options together, to get a really good idea of what will meet everyone’s needs. Remember, this should be informal and as non-stressful as possible – planning a holiday should feel like fun, not a chore.
- Work out the budget. Your children may be gagging to go to Disneyworld, but if you’re strapped for cash, this probably isn’t a sensible option. Set a suitable budget right from the start, then make sure you stick to it. There are always other options. For example, if you were dreaming of going to the Caribbean, you can achieve similar results on the lovely beaches in Italy or Greece. If the weather’s good, even the beaches in the UK are pretty amazing!
- Think about the evenings. One of the nicest things about going on holiday is being able to get out and about in the evening. It’s the perfect chance to get dressed up, to do your hair, splash on some One Million perfume or similar fragrance, and hit the town. As such, you’ll want to pick a place that has suitable options nearby – for example, plenty of restaurants, bars or entertainment; depending on what you enjoy doing.
- Don’t automatically choose a package holiday. Package holidays are convenient, as everything is sorted out for you. However, there are advantages to booking the flights and accommodation separately. For starters, you might save some money. Additionally, you’ll probably get more choice – which means a better opportunity to meet everyone’s needs. It’s also a major perk to be able to choose the flight times that work best for your family.