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Travelling with your family is an incredible way to spend quality time together while having fun exploring the world. However, unlike travelling solo or as a couple, your journey will need to include aspects that are important for the needs, desires and capabilities of each member of your family. The Simply Holiday Deals Blog gives you inspiration, tips and tricks for a successful family journey, so you can spend more time holidaying and less time researching.
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As long as you're prepared, travelling with your family will always be a journey that creates everlasting memories and new traditions. Here's some simple tips from the team at Simply Holiday Deals, to help you launch on your next adventure.
Choosing a Destination
When you're picking a holiday destination, take into account the desires of the whole family. It's not all about you, but it's not all about the kids either! If you can't stand the thought of theme park queues, that's certainly not the only option.
The kids will love destinations that include the beach with water sports, games and sun-filled days, adventures in nature and family-friendly resorts and so will you! Fantastic options include Portugal's Algarve, The Canary Islands, Spain's Costa Brava and the Greek Islands. When you choose destinations that blend history, food, culture, sun, surf and sand, everyone's holiday dreams can be fulfilled.
Book in Advance
To avoid excess waiting, walking or unnecessary public transport trips that can result in travel 'melt downs', book hotels in advance so you know exactly where you're going and when you're going to get there. Plus, when you book in advance you can ensure your hotel has all the facilities and activities you're likely to need.
Family-friendly options at hotels include playgrounds, separate swimming pools for children, cot-hire, self-catering options with kitchenettes for fussy eaters, organised activities for kids and babysitting services. We'll let you know, via our weekly deals, about hotels and cruises with excellent options for families.
What to Pack
When you're packing for family trips, a good idea is to get everything out you think you might need and try to eliminate half of it. This especially applies to clothes and anything you think you 'might' require, as opposed to necessities. Having less luggage will make it much easier for you at the airport, on public transport and when you're packing to go to a new hotel.
For children of all ages, it's important to pack items such as computer games, colouring books, pencils and books for the times you're waiting at airports, for transport or to check in to your hotel. Keep in mind that, depending on your destination, you may not be able to get certain medicines or your favourite brands of nappies, wipes, lotions and potions, plus, they may be more expensive in resort areas.
Things to Do
If you happen to find yourself stuck for interesting activities for a day, such as spending time in a stopover city, there are plenty of innovative ways to keep everyone occupied. Find a local park to take the kids to, so they can interact with local children, jump on a tram or bus just for the fun of it to check out the sites, go on on journey with your cameras to find interesting things to photograph, or make a game out of trying new foods in your destination.
Happy family holidays from the team at Simply Holiday Deals!