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How to plan the perfect holiday for your family

Brigitte Evans

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How to plan the perfect holiday for you family

Family holidays may seem very challenging to plan and realize at first, but if you stick to some basic tips and practices, you’ll make sure that every single one of you has a total blast during this trip. Of course, traveling with kids is not the easiest thing in the world, which is precisely why you should focus on holiday aspects that will actually be very fun for them. Essentially, the goal here is to completely minimize situations that can make your kids extra cranky in order to enjoy the festivities, free time and the new surroundings together to the fullest. 

 

Schedule in advance or look for last-minute deals

When you’re planning a family holiday, it’s definitely a lot better to opt for long-term scheduling than to try and jump into a last-minute deal. After all, last-minute deals rarely accommodate whole families, and when you take the time and effort to plan, book and schedule your trip, tickets and accommodation months in advance, you’ll have a lot fewer things to stress over and worry about. However, if you’re really keen on going away somewhere for the holiday with everyone, yet you couldn’t manage to make the reservations well in advance, it’s still worth looking into last-minute deals just in case. This may be especially practical for less popular destinations which make for a whole new family holiday tip.

 

Prepare for the gift exchange

In case you’re looking forward to a family trip during the holidays, it’s essential that you take the time to prepare all your gifts for the family members. Obviously, you know what your kids would love to receive the best, but if it’s possible, try to research and browse gift-buying options at your holiday destination so that you don’t actually have to carry the gifts with you. Of course, buying an amazing gift for another adult in your family doesn’t have to include overly bulky packaging. That said, just imagine the joy and appreciation of your loving spouse or parent when you present them with something timeless and classy such as elegant skeleton watches, for example. A watch is always going to be a valuable gift, especially since it holds the power to elevate any look and outfit. 

 

Choose less crowded holiday spots

Obviously, the more crowded a certain destination is when it comes to holidays and trips, the more popular it is, which inevitably leads to more costly activities as well as frustrations due to the number of people present. In that sense, it’s infinitely better to look for a holiday spot where there won’t be as many tourists so that your family can truly unwind, relax and enjoy the surroundings. After all, when you don’t have to worry about money and crowds too much, you’ll be able to focus on your kids, partner and possibly other family members and commit to the fun you can all have together. Aside from not being overly expensive, less popular holiday spots can turn into true adventure destinations – it all depends on your family’s preferences. 

 

Turn the actual transport into an adventure

The biggest concern for families with kids is how their little ones will deal with the actual trip. Traveling from one place to another is often bothersome and tiring for adults, let alone children. In case you’re not going too far so that there’s no need to go by plane, you might want to check out the train and/or ferry possibilities. These are much better than going by car or bus, especially since you can all relax, have time for yourselves, tell stories, play and even go to the bathroom whenever necessary. In the end, this holiday can become an amazing adventure for your kids, from start to finish, as they don’t have to be confined to a car or bus seat for hours on end. 

Of course, if you’re really interested in an actual road trip with your own vehicle, make it a point to mark all the rest stops along your route so that both the kids and adults can rest and stretch their limbs every couple of hours. 

Don’t forget to bring the essentials with you. A few changes of clothes, a first-aid kit with necessary meds, blankets, toys, and non-perishable foods are a must, but you’ll also have to adjust your basics depending on the type of holiday you’ve chosen as well as the age of your kids.

Brigitte Evans is a Lifestyle Consultant and a writer from Australia, with a sweet tooth for makeup and everything sparkly. When she is not drooling over the next big thing in the beauty industry, she reads mystery novels and makes plans for her next trip. She is the proud aunt of Sophie, age 4, who has rounded her Chanel lipstick, but she loves her anyway

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