A family vacation is a perfect opportunity for busy parents to get away from the stresses of everyday life and truly relax for the first time in what may seem like forever. Unfortunately, these trips can also be incredibly tiring, especially if your kids are feeling homesick and cranky or your days are jam-packed full of things to do for them. These vacations can leave you even more exhausted than you were when you set off, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. It is possible to have a relaxing family holiday, and, hopefully, with the useful tips below, you can too.
Choose The Right Trip
Being a parent shouldn’t stop you from doing anything that you want to do, but there’s no escaping the fact that some trips simply aren’t made for young children. Almost anyone can go on a cruise or head to the beach for a couple of weeks, but, if you wanted to visit fancy restaurants and art galleries, then it’s probably best that you leave these experiences until your children can appreciate them fully. If you don’t, you might all end up having a disappointing time.
Get The Kids Excited
Surprising your kids with a holiday might seem like a fun idea, but it can actually cause them a lot of stress, which will naturally make the entire trip less enjoyable for everyone. With that in mind, it’s often a much better idea to let your children in on your plans early and spend this extra time getting them excited. You can let them help plan the itinerary, create a countdown calendar, teach them about the destination, and much more. This will help to prevent homesickness later.
Don’t Pack Last Minute
Traveling with children means a lot more packing, so it’s important that you give yourself plenty of time to do all of this properly. If you leave this task until the night or morning before your trip, you’ll leave the house incredibly stressed, and may even forget something vital, which will only make matters worse. Aim to start packing two or three days before you head off to ensure that you’re organized and have enough time to pick up any last minute essentials you may need.
Find The Best Accommodation
Staying together in a single hotel room might be cheap, but it’s far from ideal, often resulting in loss of sleep, lack of privacy, and stress. To prevent this, you should spring for a suite or even rent out a holiday home or apartment. If you’re heading somewhere you visit often, you could even buy a property there, whether it be on Old Klang Road, Malaysia or Clerkenwell Road, London. This gives you all a little extra breathing space, so you’re not under each other’s toes.
Bring Some Help Along
When you’re constantly taking care of your children, it’s going to be difficult to find time to unwind and really enjoy your break. This is why it’s such a good idea to bring someone along with you, like your own parents, a sibling, or even a friend. With this help at hand, you’ll be able to have some time to yourself, knowing that your kids are well looked after in your absence. If this isn’t an option, you could look into childcare at your accommodation or choose one that has a kids club.
Make Yourself At Home
It can be tempting to jump straight into the fun when you arrive at your destination, but you should hold off for just a little while and take the time to unpack first. This way, you’ll know where everything is when you need it and won’t have to dig through several suitcases before you can go out. Unpacking also helps everyone to feel more at home and fully settling into the accommodation, reducing stress and making a case of homesickness a lot less likely.
Stick To Normal Schedules
Most people see a holiday as a chance to break away from the routines that rule everyday life. While this can be freeing for some people, more often than not, changing up your day completely will only ever cause stress, particularly to young children. This is especially true when these changes affect sleep and meal times. With that in mind, you should make sure that you choose travel times that don’t affect your kids’ sleep and that your daily plans consider their schedule.
Share The Work Out
Nobody should have to work when they’re on vacation, but there are a few chores you often can’t escape, especially when staying in accommodation other than a hotel. These tasks typically include shopping, cooking, washing, taking out the trash, and more. Instead of taking all of these jobs on yourself, you should divide them up with your partner and children. This teamwork means that the chores will get done a whole lot quicker and everyone will be happier overall.
Cut Down Your Itinerary
We all want to make the most out of our time away as we possibly can. However, that doesn’t mean that you should be on the go the entire vacation. In fact, trying to do this will only ever lead to exhaustion and stress, both for you and your kids, negatively impacting the break for everyone. Instead of planning every waking moment of your holiday, you should leave large gaps in your plans. This way, you have to option to unwind or do something fun depending on how you feel.
Add An Extra Day
Instead of arriving home the night before you all need to return to work and school, you should plan to come home a day earlier, giving everyone an extra day to unwind before getting back to normality. The softens the transition between your vacation and everyday life, making the return a much less stressful one. It also gives you the opportunity to handle any chores that you might need to deal with when you get home.
Family holidays are supposed to be relaxing for everyone, so make sure that yours is too by following the advice above.
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