When planning a family getaway, it’s important to keep everybody happy so consider your options and ask each and every member before going ahead and cementing plans. Since this will be a family holiday, it’ll likely be taking place during a holiday season of some sort – over the summer, during Easter, or over the festive period for example. So, some of your choices are already decided for you somewhat, as summer usually means heading to the beach for summer activity fun while the winter dictates staying cosy, warm, and getting into the Christmas spirit. Whenever your getaway may be, try to strike a healthy mix between fun and excitement (for the kids) and relaxation and chill time (for you).
City Centre Fun
City holidays always appeal to me and next on our city bucket list is London. Recently we have been to Berlin and Hamburg. London is brimming with activities to keep you and your family entertained, so begin concocting an itinerary and booking tickets and making reservations as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. London musical tickets should be purchased in plenty of time as many West End shows sell out extremely quickly during peak holiday times when kids have broken up from school. Some of the most popular musicals for kids include The Lion King, Aladdin, and Wicked – telling the untold tale of The Witches of Oz. As long as you book in advance, you should be able to come by some great accommodation deals, so browse through sites such as Airbnb, Trivago, or my favourite booking.com, and even Hostelworld to find a basic but private room.
To The Beach
Beach days can be nostalgic for you, filled with an abundance of sun, sea, and ice cream, and thoroughly good fun for your kids. So, where’s the catch? Well, providing you know how to be safe around the sun, then there isn’t one but you must be sure to pack up waterproof sun cream, bottled water, a windbreak, and a large parasol so to keep the sun off your skin during the hottest part of the day (between 12 – 3pm).
Camping is traditionally good fun for all the family, and what’s more, you needn’t leave your pooch at home. You have a multitude of options when you come to shape your travel plans as you can pack up your car with your tent and cooking equipment, and then drive to your destination, hire a campervan for the duration of your trip, or leave home with backpacks filled with all the items you need and a sturdy pair of walking boots on foot. The last option is the least child-friendly as it requires walking over a long distance, so the former options might be the most appropriate, especially if you’re children are under the age of about 12. However, if your kids are in their teens, let them experience what it is like to go on a real camping adventure. Everyone has to do their part and carry their own packs to the campsite. Do make sure to choose lightweight, expandable backpacks to fit all your camping needs. This is a good time to teach your kids how to pack for camping trips and basic outdoors survival skills including teaching them some basic cooking skills. However do make sure that you invest in good outdoor cooking equipment as it will really pay off in the long run.
Theme parks and adventure parks never seem to disappoint, but before booking your accommodation to stay onsite, ensure that you’ve visited a funfair or similar recently so that you know your kids won’t be too scared to aboard the variety of roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and log flumes found there. Consider crossing the channel to visit Disneyland Paris and spending time meeting the likes of Goofy, Pluto, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tigger, Winnie-the-Pooh, and the Seven Dwarfs.