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Top Tips For Organising a Family Holiday

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Planning a trip as an individual can be stressful and time-consuming enough. Planning a trip as a parent and having to take into account the needs and wants of numerous individuals can be a nightmare. Below are some of our top tips for organising a family holiday to help take the stress out of the situation, so you’re free to enjoy time away with your family to the max.

Plan in advance

Travel costs, restaurant availability and quick or cheap entry to attractions can all rely upon booking in advance. Doing this at the earliest possible moment can lead to savings in cost and possible disappointment if you can’t end up doing something you really wanted. Planning in advance is also important in researching your destination; if there’s a festival or celebration taking place in the city you visit, could this hinder, or enrich, your holiday? It’s also important to look into the seasonal weather of your chosen destination. Although it’s good to plan ahead, travelling with children also requires a certain amount of flexibility, so it’s best not to have your itinerary carved in stone.

Get the best deal

Travel booking sites are becoming increasingly aware of the incredible market for price-conscious consumers, which is a real plus for those of us looking to save a few pennies. The London Midland’s site is one of many that has implemented a ‘cheapest fare finder’ feature allowing you to compare total journey prices over a selected period. And that’s not the only improvement on the web these days – price comparison sites are a lifesaver when it comes to travel planning. GoEuro is one example that compares plane, bus and train tickets all in one place. And Lastminute.com also helps you find last-minute deals on hotels, theatre tickets, restaurants and entertainment in the UK and New York. For other countries check Groupon’s deals.

Organise your documents

Make a little folder or pouch for documents so that they can be kept together for easy reference. This can also include itineraries and check-lists. A large amount of organisation will only make your journey more streamlined.

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Make it interesting

Don’t get us wrong, you know your children better than we do, however, taking a wild guess we’d imagine that they aren’t really into architecture, museums, classic art or history. Many cities provide information on their family-friendly attractions, along with alternative guides that appeal to youngsters in more adult museums. If you really want to enjoy that high-culture attraction that you think your kids just might not appreciate, check to see if your hotel or resort has a creche where you may be able to leave them supervised for a couple of hours.

You don’t have to go far for the exotic

Although much of Europe may not seem too tropical, there are numerous places – such as Marrakech in Turkey, Skiathos in Greece, or Dubrovnik in Croatia – which offer real exotic allure without long, not very child-friendly flights. These locations can be real entertaining eye-openers for kids, giving them opportunities to ride camels, take trips on boats and visit fascinating markets.

Plan ahead for your return

Book travel tickets or arrange for someone to collect you on your return to the UK. Coming back from a holiday can be depressing enough without having to stress about getting home again once you land back in Blighty. A lot of parents also find benefit in cleaning the house before they leave, knowing that once they get home they can focus on sorting out the suitcases.

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37 comments

  1. I always like to have my documents with me in a sealable plastic wallet but another tip i picked up when travelling alone to Africa was to scan all my documents and email copies of the scan pictures to myself just in case this ever got lost/stolen. It’s a fab idea as you can usually always find internet access when away and it could get you out of a sticky situation.

  2. We’ll be having a holiday with the whole family next year, 15 of us so I will definitely be keeping this in mind!!

  3. A really interesting post and relevant to my current thoughts having just had my first baby I’m already thinking of a holiday, where, when and how!

  4. We haven’t been lucky enough to go on a proper family holiday abroad yet, but I could have used these tips for our trip to Ireland last year!

  5. Hazel Christopher

    Great tips, holiday with kids can be hard work sometimes.

  6. Excellent tips!

  7. Some great tips 🙂 very useful

  8. Thanks for the tips I will definitely keeping a few of these in mind.

  9. All makes sense

  10. I always place a piece of paper with my name and destination inside my suitcase and replace it with a copy of my home address on the way back

  11. KATHARINE BOURNE-FRANCIS

    Great tips

  12. This is Great advice

  13. Fab tips for a stress free holiday.

  14. Fantastic tips

  15. great advice

  16. Jennifer Rhymer

    These are great tips, I have yet to venture abroad with my little ones but will keep these in mind when I do! 🙂

  17. I always found people abroad LOVE children and babies and do everything they can to help out; restaurants and hotels in particular. Building family holiday memories together is fantastic!

  18. Useful advice, thank you!

  19. There is some fabulous advice for travelling with kiddies! I think it’s best to be organised with tickets, documents etc and keeping them altogether in one place, makes it much less stressful!

  20. Brilliant advice here thank you, I haven’t had a family holiday since my second son was born and the thought if getting on a plane with 3 boys under the age if four terrifies me lol xx

  21. Recently took our 7 month old on a long haul flight – to introduce her to the grandparents – she was a dream and the flight attendants were fabulous.

  22. Great tips. Thanks x

  23. Great tips. I do like to have control of all the documents in one place.

  24. really great advice!

  25. Great tips.

  26. Always take snacks, my top tip!

  27. There are some good ideas here I always leave the house cleaned and fresh as it makes a huge difference when you get back.

  28. Interesting article, I would also add, take new toys for the children as they keep the interest a little longer than current toys

  29. enjoyed these tips!

  30. good advice there. Planning is definitely the key to travelling with kids.

  31. some great tip’s and things i had not even thought off; thankyou.

  32. Pam Francis Gregory

    Some great tips – Thanks

  33. All the help is appreciated – family holidays are hard work in the planning!

  34. I take photos of all our important documents on my phone, as it’s the one thing I always have on my person! Although touching wood I have never lost any of our documents before, but I would lose all of them because I keep them all together in a sealed see through sandwich bag! 🙂

  35. some great tips here-will be deffo taking note

  36. ive yet to take a family holiday – the thought scared me! these are great tips though thank you!

  37. The Uk is also a great place for a holiday- helps our economy and less stressful when taking young children

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