a well-deserved break should be a time of ultimate relaxation.
You work hard throughout the year and deserve that little
bit of luxury to make all those hours spent in the office
worthwhile. But, when you throw a young family into the
mix, things can get spectacularly hairy.
It doesn't need to be
difficult, however. With a little careful planning, you
can make sure your trip away goes smoothly, you avoid the
chaos and get enough time to relax. Here are a few things
to think about.
The Right Accommodation
Choosing your accommodation
is the single most important thing you need to do when you
have children to consider. It will be difficult for you
to hop from hotel to hotel every night. When you have a
young family, it is time to settle down in more ways than
one. We recommend spending your holiday in one hotel or
apartment only, to cut down on the huge hassle involved
in shifting your bags and moving location. Although this
will require a good deal of research beforehand, it is well
worth it as you will spend a lot of time in those hotel
rooms. To cover
for bad weather, make sure you have enough space and
facilities. A wi-fi connection and a TV always come in handy
for the kids and adults).
Remember The Kids
If you have children of
different ages, try and give them something to look forward
to each day. Babies aren't too fussy - just like at home,
they only need feeding, sleeping, and simple engagement.
But, toddlers can get bored if you are just dragging them
repeatedly from the shopping mall to the North African market.
And yes, that means even if the pound is performing well
enough for you to afford that Louis Vuitton purse. Always
check the web for family
friendly holidays before you go. There's no need to
spend a lot of money. Most kids will be more concerned with
running around on a beach or in a park than enjoying the
refined dining experience at the Lasarte
OK, so it's hard enough
just packing the car to get the kids to the nursery, never
mind a two-week trip abroad. There isn't any easy answer
to this, other than pack wisely.
Take what you need for the kids and travel light yourself.
Be ruthless and realistic. If you have to take a sterilizer
or bulky toys, then you're going to have to leave behind
a few beautiful dresses, suits and pairs of shoes you bring.
Also, think about how you will be traveling. You will need
a spare hand to grab hold of toddlers or push buggies around
airports, seaports and train stations.
If you want to experience the local
cuisine outside of your hotel or resort, then we recommend
that you call ahead first. Check whether they mind young
children in the restaurant - some may not encourage it -
and if not, suggest booking an earlier table. In terms of
the food your kids eat, you might be surprised to see how
experimental they will be. Out of their usual environment,
children often make braver choices, and it is exactly the
same for eating. Encourage them to eat different things
and you will add to their education.
OK, so that's all we have. With
any luck, you will be able to get that deserved relaxation.
Taking a trip away with the kids can be amazing fun, as
long as you prepare well!