Doing anything with children can be unpredictable- you never quite know how they’re going to react or how much they’re going to enjoy anything. When it comes to going abroad, you have to make sure you bring everything they need, and worrying about their health and safety is always a concern too. However, trips with the family are always worth it, they give you all a chance to do new things, create memories and strengthen bonds. These are some of the things you can do to help a family holiday run as smoothly as possible.
Get your currency sorted
Lots of people leave buying currency until the last minute, some even using the currency exchange at the airport. Not only will you get a rubbish rate if you do this, but it’s an extra thing you need to worry about and sort. Ideally you’ll have your currency sorted early on, if possible, load it onto a prepaid card. You can get these at any currency exchange, it saves you having to carry cash around with you and if the card gets lost you’re able to cancel it. Of course, if you lose cash then there’s no way of recovering it
Plan your route to and from the airport
Getting to and from the airport can be a bit of a pain. If your flight is during the day in the week then it should be fairly easy as you can just use public transport- there are often trains that go directly to airports. If it’s a bank holiday, on a weekend or at night then it can be more of an issue. You might want to book a room at a hotel airport and travel down the day before and stay over. Or you might choose to drive and use hotel parking, have a look into the costs. Make sure you plan your driving route and give yourself enough time, any car accident attorney could tell you that many accidents occur where people are rushing. And worrying that you won’t make your flight can definitely make you rush and get flustered!
Book transfers and tickets ahead of time
If you’re going to be hiring a car, using public transport, going on excursions or need tickets for things like shows or boat trips- get these booked ahead of time. It saves you hassle and precious time on your holiday, rather than being stuck waiting around, exhausted with crying kids. It’s something proactive you can do ahead of time that can help everything run more smoothly while you’re there.
Arrange days to just relax
It’s tempting to want to spend every minute of your holiday doing new things and making the most of the time you have. But doing so and rushing around non stop can take away from the overall experience. Allow some days to just relax and see where the trip takes you, it’s a chance for kids to unwind and not get overwhelmed. A day at the beach, sat round the pool or going on a scenic drive can all be fantastic additions to your holiday,