Going on family holidays is great! The excitement of planning the trip and setting off to enjoy wonderful time together is what it’s all about. When you are going on holiday with children you need be extra prepared to ensure that it all goes smoothly. Here are my top five tips for a fantastic, stress free family holiday.
What’s the Budget?
Before you even think about booking a holiday you need to sit down and decide how much you have to spend. Not just how much you have to splash on the accommodation but all the extras, like fuel, taxes and visas, even the cost of new holiday clothes and putting the pets into kennels. If are going to book a last minute break this is even more important as you often need to be able to make a quick decision about a holiday and it can be easy to get carried away. Plan the budget and stick to it! You don’t want to end up with debts that last longer than the holiday.
Who are you going on holiday with?
This may sound like an obvious question but it’s certainly an important one. Asking another family to join you can mean that the kids have playmates to run around with whilst the adults can relax together. Going on holiday with grandparent’s means that you have babysitters on hand if you fancy a little time away from the children but it can also restrict where you go and the type of holiday that you choose.
Where are you going to go?
Do you want to go far afield, stay in the UK or opt for a happy medium? Many of these decisions will be reliant on cost but also on the age of your children and how ambitious you are! Although often very young children are relatively easy to take abroad, the hot weather, hassle of airports and the unusual food means that staying in the UK can often be a tempting choice.
Where are you going to stay?
Once you have decided where you are going you can look into types of accommodation. Do you fancy an all inclusive hotel, a cosy B&B or a self-catering holiday cottage or villa? Searching online can often give you the best options, like Web Cottages for UK holiday homes.
What are you going to do?
It’s often a good idea to book days out at popular attractions in advance. This way you can usually avoid having to stand in big queues and you can save yourself money at the same time if you hunt down special offers first.
Visit http://www.webcottages.co.uk/ for holiday cottages in the UK.
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