How do you plan a family holiday the kids will love?
Planning a family holiday that everyone will enjoy can be difficult, especially when you have kids. However, by taking your kids’ needs and their wish list into consideration, you will be able to plan a family holiday that both you and your kids will love – you might even never want to return home!
Find the perfect location
The first step in making sure that you book a getaway that your kids will remember for the rest of their lives is to find a perfect location for your family holiday. When you have kids, the perfect location is often one that has many attractions and things to do for children, has good weather to ensure that no one complains of the cold, and that there is plenty of family-friendly accommodation in the area. For instance, the Algarve in Portugal is perfect for families, with its combination of family resorts and expansive beaches, and Florida is the dream destination for every child, with its variety of magical theme parks and beautiful sunshine.
Book attractions for less
You also need to make sure that your destination has enough attractions to keep your kids entertained all holiday long. Although you should make sure that you are able to have some me-time during your visit, ensuring that there are things to do for kids will stave off boredom and keep the kids entertained for longer. However, kids’ attractions such as water and theme parks, wildlife and farm experiences and museums can be expensive, and so you should look around for the best deals on tickets. For instance, if you are heading to the Sunshine State, American Attractions offers Florida tickets for low prices, allowing your kids to enjoy the magic that the state has to offer for longer.
Let the kids help with planning
The best way to make sure that you have planned a holiday that your kids will approve of though, is to get them involved in the planning process. Get a map out and let them discuss where they want to travel to, show them where you will be staying, and use guidebooks and YouTube to help you show them the possibilities. By researching the trip together, you will be able to check that they will enjoy the activities that you have planned and you will be able to increase the excitement around the holiday for everyone in your family.
Reduce travel times
For many children, the worst part of the holiday is the journey, and if you want to prevent eight hours of ‘Are we there yet?’, the best action that you can take is to reduce travel times during the holiday. This may include choosing a destination that is closer to home or staying in one location rather than driving between destinations abroad. If you do have to travel, make sure that you have factored in rest stops every hour or so, and that you pack enough entertainment to keep the kids entertained for the duration of the journey.