6 Tips For Making The Best Of Your Family Holiday

Travelling with small children isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. Right now you’re probably imagining copious amounts of luggage, screaming children, and snapping at your partner due to the stress of it all. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like that! It is possible to travel with kids and not feel like you need a holiday from your holiday once it’s over.

Family on Holiday

6 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Family Holiday

  • If this is the first time you’re planning a holiday with children, make sure you’re prepared for a slower pace than when you travel with adults. You won’t be able to start out walking at the crack of dawn and keep going until dinner – be realistic about what you’ll be able to fit in.
  • Children don’t always adapt to change very well so it’s best for everyone that you try to stick to their regular schedule as much as possible. Organizing your daily plans around the kids nap times, meal times and bed times will be best for everyone involved.
  • If staying in a hotel room with your whole family isn’t your idea of a relaxing holiday, why not consider staying in a holiday cottage? You’ll have more space for everyone, including separate bedrooms, so you won’t have to tip toe around when the kids go to bed early. If you’re planning a trip to the UK or Ireland take a look at the cottage accommodation offered by Sykes Cottages, the UK’s leading independent cottage rental agency.
  • It’s easy for the budget to go completely out the window when you’re travelling with kids – eating out all the time, buying souvenirs and toys, and paying what are sometimes astronomical entrance fees all add up pretty quickly. Well, staying in a holiday cottage can also help save money on meals because you can cook for yourself in the fully-equipped kitchen.
  • Make sure to plan a few activities in advance so that you can have the tickets booked and be ready to go first thing in the morning. If you book tickets in advance online you will often get a better deal and get to jump the line-up. There’s really no reason not to do it!
  • Plan for rainy days. Bring along some games and look into some local activities that are rainy-day friendly so that you don’t end up not knowing what to do with yourselves should the weather turn bad. Having kids cooped up in an unfamiliar place can lead to much whining and complaining, which is definitely something everyone wants to avoid!

The most important thing to remember when travelling with the kids is to have fun! Family holidays often make for the best long term memories for everyone and having fun together is what it’s all about.

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  1. Pauline Linares says:

    Terrific sensible tips!

  2. Love the tips! I second the “keep to their schedule” one. We made the mistake of not planning naps, which led to some very cranky evenings and a waaaay screwed up post-vacation schedule. The diva was refusing naps for 3 weeks after vacation was over. Luckily she got back on track. 🙂

  3. These are some Great trips! We have traveled a few times with the kids and it always seems like it is such a crazy few days that I need another vacation when we get hom!

  4. This comes at a perfect time, we are going to Disney next week…though I highly doubt we will be able to stick to our normal routine there…SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO!!! We have made the trip long enough to get a few down days to just chill at the pool. One of my upcoming blogs will be about staying at Disney for CHEAP…so I like your Sykes Cottage link since it falls along the same lines.

  5. Lucy Black says:

    Gret tips, just what I was looking for. Thank you so much.

  6. Yep, travelling with kids is no vacation and the tips you share are awesome! Thanks!

  7. Great tips…I actually never considered planning for rain days. Thanks

  8. Wonderful tips – thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Jessica H. says:

    The rainy day plan is a great idea! Also, it is true about the budget. I would say you have to plan for the unexpected, because just like at home, things come up and there may be a night (or two, or three) you just don’t want to have to prepare meals!

  10. Tiffany Kinney says:

    Great tips! Thanks!

  11. I must say that a family holiday, sometimes, is always about the kids and bonding time with them. Kids will be kids so we, as the parents or adults, should really keep up and cope up with them. Nice tips by the way.

  12. Thanks for sharing these tips!

  13. I don’t have kids, but some of these tips definitely can be helpful to adults. I have always preferred to stay places that had some kind of kitchen facilities in the suite/cottage and make a few meals with things I buy at local markets. Often that’s cheaper than dining out.

  14. This tips is interesting! I love holidays!

  15. Hi! Fantastic Blog! Im here from Mom Bloggers Club! Love this Blog!

  16. All very good points. Thank you very much.

  17. It’s never easy to plan a holiday, especially with kids around! Thanks for the post!

  18. Great practical tips!

  19. Thomas Murphy says:

    great tips, thanks!

  20. Such an interesting and helpful tips! thanks for sharing! Now I have an idea how to make the best of my family’s holiday. 🙂

  21. Thank you for the tips!

  22. Thank you for the tips!!

  23. These are some great tips! We may be planning a trip to the States next year and I am/was worried about how we would handle it with the kids, but these tips will help!

  24. serena adkins says:

    Thank you for providing these 6 tips. I will be sure to incorporate them as we plan our family holiday trips this winter.

  25. When my kids were little, the hotel we stayed at a twice was the best! It had a kids area where it had kids toys. It had games that you could borrow from the front desk. It had birds in the atrium. I think that you definitely need to plan to stay at a place that is very kid friendly. Cottages are a great idea. Or at least a hotel with a kitchenette. It does help with the costs!

  26. I love the idea of staying in a cottage!

  27. Thanks for some awesome tips! Love love love!

  28. Great advice, we’re off on hoilday in September and considering the weather in August will definately have to be planning for some rainy days.

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