How to plan a family holiday abroad
From remembering to pack gallons of sun cream and sunhats, to coordinating itineraries that will please each family member, the prospect of planning a family holiday abroad can be a little daunting to say the least. This is one reason why many families are increasingly opting to holiday in the UK as opposed to journeying abroad for their summer holiday vacation.
However, taking the family to sunnier climes to witness some unique culture, food and landscapes, can be a highly rewarding and enjoyable experience, and with some careful planning, can be stress-free and fairly inexpensive.
Below are some top tips on how to plan a family holiday abroad.
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Opt for self-catering
Children are notoriously fussy eaters and the prospect of laying a plate of foreign food in front of them can leave many parents in a state of despair. You can overcome the fear of your child living on nothing but ice-cream and crisps for two weeks, because she refuses to eat Spanish tapas or Portuguese stews, by going on a self-catering holiday.
From the most popular holiday destinations in the likes of Spain, Portugal and France, to the more ‘off the beaten track’ resorts in Croatia or Italy, self-catering villas, apartments and studios are dotted right across Europe, all of which contain their own fridges and cooking facilities.
This means you can stock up on all your children’s favourite foods and cook them whatever they fancy without having to rely on the local cuisine. You can even sneak some English treats into your suitcase and quickly put them in the fridge when you arrive at your self-catering accommodation. For a comprehensive list of quality and inexpensive self-catering villas abroad visit James Villas.
Pre-plan your itinerary
Now let’s be honest, yourself and your partner may be happy to visit sites of ancient remains and Roman relics in the 30 degrees heat day in day out on your holiday abroad; but whether a couple of teenagers, a ten year old and a toddler would share the same enthusiasm remains to be seen.
The secret to successful family holidays abroad is to ensure that there is plenty to do for all the family. For example, if you have teenagers who like to go out in the evenings, ensure that there are discos or other evening entertainment in the resort to keep them busy. Likewise if you are holidaying abroad with young children or toddlers, makes sure that there are parks nearby, swimming pools, beaches and plenty of other child-friendly activities to take part in.
Of course don’t let your quest to keep your family happy come at the expense of what you would like to do. If yourself and your partner enjoy visiting museums, ancient sites and places of historical and cultural interest, ensure that you book a foreign destination that offers a pleasant combination of culture, history, family fun and even activities that will put a smile on a teenager’s face.
Favourite family destinations
In terms of destinations, Spain holidays are always a popular choice for families. Brits have been journeying to this warm climate for many years and Spain is repeatedly named as the number one summer holiday destination for UK tourists.
Another destination which has grown in popularity over the years is Florida. Holidays to Florida offer plenty of attractions for families, with the numerous theme parks and child-friendly attractions the main examples.