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Top Tips for a Stress-Free Family Holiday

Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 |Category: Tips, Great Days Out, Features

Your annual family holiday is your opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones.

When school finishes for the summer, you’ve got time and top weather on your side. So, here are some tips to help your family relax and enjoy your break away, free from any pesky everyday stresses.

Plan your budget in advance

Think about what you’ll need to pay for during your getaway and make sure your budget exceeds this amount. Take into consideration:

  • Food & drink
  • Entertainment
  • Activities
  • Little extras & an emergency pot of cash

It’s much better to be over prepared than worried about spending more than you can afford. In order to really relax you’ll want to buy what you need, be able to say yes to the kids when they ask to do something and splash out occasionally - without feeling guilty!

Get the kids involved with your holiday calendar

Wherever you’re heading this summer, whether it’s the Lake District or the rolling Yorkshire countryside, ask your children what they’d most like to do while you’re there.

This isn’t to say that mum and dad aren’t in charge – the kids should know that you have the final say but that they’ve had an input into the planning of your fun-filled family holiday.

Don’t forget to take their routine on holiday too

It’s easy to get swept up in all the excitement of a new place, surrounded by so many fun things to see and do.

But tired tots can quickly become teary ones. So, make sure the kids stick to their regular meal and bed times as much as possible to avoid tantrums.

Be flexible

Parents with younger children can often find it easier to leave behind rigid agendas in favour of some good old fashioned flexibility.

So that you don’t put yourself under any unnecessary pressure, it’s a good idea to have a loose plan in place but generally go with the flow.

Book activities

Give yourself a back-up plan when it comes to keeping the children entertained throughout your family holiday, and prepare for the occurrence of a good old rainy day in the UK.

Find nearby indoor activities and attractions and book your family in for some guaranteed dry-time. To get the best of both worlds, book to do such activities in the mornings so that should the sun decide to shine, your brood won’t be missing out.

Booking activities in advance whenever possible has various key advantages, including:

  • Avoiding queues – you’re less likely to have frustrated children and your family time won’t be wasted
  • You can plan other excursions around the activities
  • You’ll be better able to stick to your budget

Keeping your family holiday stress-free

Making sure that the whole family is able to enjoy a little R&R is all down to planning what you can, and taking everything else as it comes.

By focussing on getting controllable factors organised such as planned activities and budgeting, you can keep stress at arm’s length and ensure that your annual family holiday is as fun as possible!

Author Bio

Danielle Middleton is a digital content writer for Pure Leisure Group, the UK holiday home company with sites throughout the country including; the Lake District, Northamptonshire and Yorkshire.

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