The serenity of a family holiday? Or are they all looking into the sunset longing for home?
Family holiday time is awesome, right? Together with your other half and however many children you have trailing along with you, this is your opportunity for fun, excitement, and a little bit of family bonding.
Well, that’s the case for some of us. But on the other hand, family holiday time can mean arguing, money woes, migraines, and the endless cycle of those intolerable two words “I’M BORED” from the kids. Your sanity will be under risk!
So, how do you move into the former rather than the latter?
Plan the holiday together. Planning is everything when it comes to holiday time, and this can be difficult when everybody has different ideas on how to spend this most precious of times. You might want a week relaxing on the beach, your partner might want to spend their time hiking, and your kids might want a theme park or one of these football tours if they are sports-inclined! You can’t please everybody all of the time, but you do need to find a happy medium. Thankfully, the previous link might accommodate everybody’s wishes depending on where you visit, but regardless of your choice, ensure your trip has a little bit of something for everyone.
Work out your finances before you go. Family holidays can be expensive. There’s the cost of getting to your destination for starters, and then there’s hotel prices, meal costs, and the expense of souvenirs, ice creams, and the various attractions and places of interest you all want to visit. Of course, you can cut many of these costs by going camping in the wilderness, but if you would rather spend your holiday away from mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies, you do need to budget before you go. This includes budgeting pocket money for the kids, so they aren’t reliant on the bank of mum and dad, although you might want to curb their temptation to spend all of their allowances on the first day by giving them a little bit at a time. These money saving tips may be useful too.
Don’t spend all of your time together. Yes, family holiday time will offer opportunities for bonding together, but if you want to avoid getting on each other’s nerves during your holiday, try and find things to do apart for some of the time. This includes the hotel, where you should (if money allows) have separate rooms if your kids are old enough, as this way you can all get your privacy. And consider taking turns with your partner on childminding duties, as you might both want to have some alone time to recharge your batteries away from the company of others.
Spend time having fun. The word ‘fun’ is subjective, as your idea of a good time might not be everybody’s cup of tea. However, there should be activities you can all enjoy together, so work out what these are, and then spend time doing them. And even if you’re a little bit unsure of the enjoyment factor of the activity your children have chosen, give it a go, as this way, your kids might be more adaptable to taking part in those activities that you favour during the holiday. You will (hopefully) be less likely to hear those infernal words “I’m Bored” anyway!
Do you have any tips for surviving a family holiday? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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