So it’s coming up to the end of the school term and you’re thinking of treating your family to an unforgettable getaway. Whether you’re craving some sunshine or a unique adventure in the snow, there are so many family-friendly options out there that will suit any family – no matter if you have one, two, three or more children.
But how do you start the process? To get the creativity flowing, here are the top five steps you should take when you’re holiday planning. Of course, this isn’t a complete list. So it’s worth scouring the internet for a variety of resources before you book a holiday.
Consider Your Budget
Holidays can be expensive – especially when you want to go a little further afield. Of course, it’s not all about the distance and you can still have an unforgettable family without going abroad. But if you’re looking for a destination that’s further from home, you’ll want to set a budget that you can stick to.
It’s obviously worth saving up in advance so you know how much you can afford to spend and can stick to it, but there may be ways that you can get extra cash. For example, a loan from lenders such as Evolution Money may help but this will affect your credit score so it’s good to know how you can improve this before applying.
When you have a budget in mind, you can then start to look at what locations are the best for your family. Think about flight time (if you have young children, you might want to make it a manageable length), the weather, what activities they have (a kid’s club is a must for many parents), and other amenities and activities.
It’s also worth checking Gov.uk’s travel advice to ensure that the location is 100% safe to visit with your family.
How Long Do You Want To Stay For?
This will often depend on the amount of time you can get off of work and how long your kids have off of school. But the average family holiday is usually around 7 days long. If you’re opting for a further away destination, such as USA, it’s worth looking at 14 days instead, especially if you want to visit any amusement parks while you’re out there.
Once you’ve decided on the location, it’s time to look at flights! When you have kids, you will want flights that are at good times – rather than flights in the middle of the night. Otherwise, chances are you’ll have a tantrum and a very grumpy child/children on your hands. To lower the stress, look for flight times that will suit the whole family, but won’t take away any time from the holiday itself.
Where Do You Want To Stay?
When you have a family, you want a hotel/apartment that’s in the middle of all of the action, yet quiet enough to get the kids to sleep every night. Which is why so many people opt for package holidays designed specifically for families. With kid’s clubs, restaurants and more on your doorstep, you’ll all have a far more enjoyable holiday.
To book the right place, it’s a good idea to check reviews and look for recommendations from other parents before you go. This will give you an insight into how appropriate it would be for your own family.