Family holidays carry a lot of pressure, especially if you’re a family with a mixture of different ages. Finding something for everyone to do and a place that accommodates all your needs is quite the challenge.
But while it’s difficult to find the perfect combination that meets everyone’s needs it’s not impossible and just involves a little imagination and a great deal of research. While white sands and endless beaches might feel like the dream, the reality of sand everywhere and being on permanent lifeguard duty means it’s hard for everyone to fully get that downtime
Hotels With Children
Just a simple search will throw up a decent amount of hotels that claim to be family-friendly. While it’s good to know there are so many out there, they may not be all they claim. There are, however, some good ones out there and ones that will make your teen or older child happy as well.
If you’re a family that likes outdoor sports then head to a hotel near, for example, a ski station. Make sure your hotel has access to plenty of outside fun, such as bike hire and so on to make the holiday accessible for all.
For younger guests, some hotels will do as much as they can to make your stay as easy as possible. This might include a room complete with supplies, such as baby wipes, a changing table and so on. You might even find some toys left in the reception to distract youngsters while you check in.
Meal times too can be a challenge, with some children suspicious of new or unknown foods so take a good look at the menu your hotel offers and see if there’s specific mention of child-friendly catering.
Finally, take a look at what kind of entertainment the hotel offers in the day. Perhaps you’ll find a holiday club that will offer a variety of activities for your sporty kid, or more creative pastime for the child that prefers a quieter life. Your teen too might benefit from some more advanced sports like sailing tuition, scuba diving, and other options, leaving you to find some much-needed peace and quiet on the beach or to go and take part in your own sporty hobby.
Get Your Sport On
Holidays don’t just have to be relaxing getaways, they can indulge the passions of all the family. As mentioned up post, you might be a family who skis together, loves cycling or is into anything involving the sea.
There are plenty of options for you to explore and if you’re looking to travel further afield, don’t let yourself be limited to Europe. There are some incredible dive sites across the globe and a package including tuition, equipment hire and accommodation can be surprisingly affordable. Just make sure that you choose a diving-school with an impeccable reputation.
Explore holidays that provide a family bond through shared activity with a great nursery or childcare for children too young to take part.
Hot in The City
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There’s also bound to be something to grab everyone’s interest. An aquarium here, some shopping there and some amazing museums and theatres to boot. Think about Rome with its ancient ruins on every corner and impressive Colosseum or London with winding streets, distinctive
While your younger children may not love being dragged around a city for hours at a time, one site a day coupled with plenty of ice cream can be a great solution.
When you’ve exhausted all the options or the idea of travelling long haul to somewhere like Singapore or Indonesia seems to much, then staying right where you are can be a great option. If you live somewhere picturesque then why not rediscover some of that natural beauty. You might even learn something new with some bike hire or take an outdoor course like windsurfing if you live near the sea or a large body of outside water.
There’s certainly something to be said about saving money and spending it on everyday treats rather than blowing it all on taxis to and from the airport. Plan day trips out and have an itinerary in place to ensure you don’t end up wasting your time off.
Holiday time is precious and is not meant to stress you out in the planning, the travel or the time you spend away. There’s no right or wrong answer, just what works best for your family and that’s what matters most.
You can get the whole family involved by asking children to be part of the decision making process. Find out what makes your teens tick, what kind of things would make their holiday and the kinds of places they’d love to visit. Make sure to ask your smaller children too, they love feeling involved and knowing that their opinion matters.
Find accommodation that either caters for your family needs or that allows you to do things your way, such as a self-catering apartment or villa. That family holiday that you look forward to all year is the time when the most important people in your life come together to relax, bond and forget about all the stresses and strains of work and school. Learn something new or spend some time relaxing poolside. Find new hobbies or brush up on our existing ones.
Make it happen for a holiday that creates amazing memories and photos to look back and laugh about for many years to come.
DISCLOSURE – This is a collaborative post.