A family holiday is not just a lifestyle fad catching on around the world as more and more people begin to afford leisure travel; it is a chance for a family to bond together, get to know each other and create wonderful memories away from the pressure-cooker setting of the home. That said though, for a family holiday to prove fun, fulfilling and even safe for all; it is important to take time and plan ahead.
But what amounts to a great family holiday? There is no simple answer. It all depends with individual families and factors such as the time available as well as their budget. Taking a road trip together as a family is not only fun but potentially very memorable. It is also quick to organize and get everybody aboard. A road trip is the sort of impromptu family holiday idea you put together on an occasional weekend. But when it comes to ultimate fun, adventure and wholesome bonding, nothing comes close to going on a sailing adventure. What is more, sailing holidays are no longer as expensive as they used to be. Even if you do not own a sailing boat, there are charter companies which now offer very competitive holiday packages targeted at families.
Tips for Safe Family Holiday Travel
The biggest priority for parents traveling on holiday with their children should be safety. The following list of tips should be enough to help you plan a fulfilling and safe family holiday so that you can all return back home with nothing but wonderful memories to treasure for a lifetime.
1. Plan, Plan and Plan
The key to a successful holiday with kids in tow is to be prepared for all eventualities. Whether this is a two day camping trip or a month long, round the world sailing cruise; you cannot afford to take anything for granted. Ask your travel agent, the airline and even the hotel where you will be staying a lot of questions about anything you need to know especially with regards to the children. With regards to the accommodation facilities, find out the services and amenities provided to families with children including supervised child care, proactive safety measures in the hotel grounds, distance to the shops etc. You should also take time to look out airlines which offer reductions for parents traveling with little children before setting off. You should also find out in time about any need for vaccinations and collect visas for children who need separate passports from their parents’ to travel.
2. Pack with Care
When it comes to packing for a family holiday, it is just as likely for parents to pack too few things or to overdo it. To get it right, do your best to be as informed as possible about your destination as possible. In some destinations you may not be able to get some basic grocery items such as baby formula or diapers for instance. It is well nigh impossible to think about everything though when it comes to packing for a family holiday. To cover up for any unforeseen supplies, make sure you have enough spare cash to stock up when you get to your destination.
3. Get Family Travel Insurance
Many people tend to pay the deposit for their holiday travel well in advance but only remember to buy travel insurance as they depart. Do not fall into the same trap as well. Make sure you pay for your insurance on the same day you book your travel tickets and/ or hotel accommodation. If, for any reason, you have to cancel the trip; you will be able to recoup all your costs as well.
4. Know your Child
Parents can avoid most of the heartache which comes with traveling with children if they took time to understand their children as well as what they like and dislike. If the child is old enough, get them involved in planning the holiday to raise their enthusiasm. The better you understand what your children love to do and see, the easier it will be for you to plan different elements of your family holiday.
If you decide to take your family on a sailing adventure and would love to know more about safety guidelines and tips, you can check out a detailed article covering important safety guidelines for parents, which is written by the same author and has more than 1000 words of useful advice.
Author Bio: Romeo Demes is a writer, traveler and sailing enthusiast from Croatia, Europe. He got into the blogging sphere a few years ago and has contributed to various blogs and magazines with his articles, images and infographics. He graduated graphic design and is currently working as a freelancer. If you want to know more about his work or even start a collaboration, feel free to contact him at any time.