If the very thought of packing up your brood and taking them on holiday fills you with dread, don’t panic as you are not alone. Indeed, there are many parents that would love to get away, either in the UK or overseas but just don’t have any idea how to have a holiday that isn’t so full of stress that they feel like they need another week off when they get home to recover. The good news is that the information in our post below can help, so keep on reading to find out how to have the most stress-free family holiday possible.
Cut the stress at the planning stage
Now you may have heard that a successful family vacation depends on proper planning, and this is true. However, there are no rules that state it is you that has to do this planning. Indeed, the planning stages can be one of the time-consuming and stressful elements of a holiday!
Fortunately, it is now possible to book escapes like these tailor made tours for your family. The advantage of these being that you don’t have to spend hours pouring over websites, or catalogs to find the best family break. Something that means you can start your vacation as you mean to go on, without stress! You can even choose to go to a surprise destination if you want, thus making your trip exciting and fun not only for the kids but the adults as well.
Make sure you are equipped for every situation
Yes, this means having things like a first aid kit in your bag with you, and your baby’s favorite snack just in case there happens to be nothing else they are willing to eat. However, being prepared is also about recognizing that there will be certain situations and events that you can expect to happen such as the kids getting tired when traveling, bored in a restaurant, or not feeling too well and preparing for them.
In particular, having plenty of activities that are suited to travel or when dining like coloring books, video games, or tablets are a great way to ensure you will get some reeling downtime as well as the kids. Also be sure to pack that one plush animal that they just can’t sleep without, as well as a travel pillow and blanket so they can sleep away their journey, something that can make the entire experience easy on everyone involved.
Spend as much time as possible outside
Making sure the kids get to explore the locations you are visiting and at the same time burning plenty of energy is a very smart way to keep stress to a minimum. Indeed, it often means they are so tired when you do get back to your accommodation that you can pop them in bed and that the adults can have some much-needed time to themselves, usually on the balcony with a glass of wine in hand!
To that end, be sure to plan plenty of walks, time on the beach, bike ride, and other fun experiences for the most stress-free holiday possible.