Family holidays… memorable, fun and for some parents, downright stressful!
Whether you’re driving to the local camping spot down the road, or flying three hours to your favourite resort, sometimes when the kids are squabbling over who gets top bunk and your partner is insisting on eating dinner at the same pub everynight, it’s hard not to feel the sudden urge to run for the hills. But never fear – we have 5 top tips to help you have a relaxing and stress free family holiday!
#1 Pack snacks & games for the trip
The top two things that will get the kids bickering and wining are hunger and boredom. Packing their favourite games and snacks should keep them full and entertained until you arrive at your holiday destination.
#2 Research your destination
Doing a Google search on your holiday destination’s local attractions, family friendly restaurants and tours beforehand, will leave you with more free time to relax on your actual holiday. Just think, all that time usually spent scouring through brochures at reception can now be spent relaxing by the pool!
#3 Participate in resort activities
Many resorts and holiday parks these days offer onsite activities for families to enjoy. These activities can range from arts & crafts to family games & movie nights and are a great way to spend time with the family, without spending money.
#4 Give the kids (and the parents) some space
While it is important to spend time as a family on your holiday, it’s also important not to “live in each other’s pockets”. Let the kids ride their bikes, play on the playground or other fun facilities, or mingle with the other kids at the resort. Not only will the kids have a break, you and your partner will be able to spend some quality time together.
#5 Just relax!
It can be very tempting to only make time for tours, adventure walks and theme parks when you’re on holidays, but only doing energy pumping activities for 5 days straight can be a recipe for disaster. Make sure you incorporate some relaxing activities into your itinerary like going for an afternoon dip in the pool or taking a leisurely stroll along the beach with the family. This will be the key to ensuring you don’t burn yourself or the family out, ensuring you return home rested, relaxed and rejuvenated.