Travelling With Children: Tips and Tricks

Going abroad on holiday is often an event that is looked forward to for the entire year. Jetting off to far warmer, sunnier climes is a real treat, and pretty easy to do if you’re a young couple with a lot of free time and disposable income. Once you become a parent however, things get a little more difficult. Even if you can rustle up enough dough to go away, travelling with the kids can be a real headache, fraught with all manner of difficulties. For single parents, this can be even more difficult due to having to handle all the responsibilities by yourself. With this in mind, we thought we’d offer a few tips to help you have a wonderful holiday with your children – whether you travel as a single parent or a two parent family.

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Explore

Choose your destination carefully. Spain, Greece and the Greek Islands, Portugal and the Canaries offer shortish flights, lovely sunshine and are family friendly. Make sure there is plenty for the whole family to do and try not to limit this to just pools and beaches, look for culture and heritage to do.

The Canary Islands offer volcanoes a and mountains to explore, whilst Greece has ancient ruins that are steeped in history. Both Rhodes and Crete offer stunning archaeological sites that children will enjoy just as much as adults. In Rhodes the old town is best explored on foot, but the best way to explore Crete is by car, particularly with younger children. You can get great deals at auto-huren-kreta.nl and can then explore much further afield.

Nannies

Chances are you’ll be staying in a family friendly hotel if you’re going away with the children. Family friendly resorts have better facilities, better layouts and don’t mind as much about noise compared to hotels aimed at either couples or singles, so you should definitely think about booking a room in one of these hotels. One of the draws of family friendly resorts is the ability to hire a hotel nanny during your stay. Sometimes included in the room price, these nannies will come and look after your children whilst you go out, meaning you can enjoy some quality time to eat and explore whilst your child sleeps!

Go Out

Utilising the above tip, use the late evenings to explore your surroundings and take in a little local flavour whilst you visit; you don’t want all of your memories to revolve around being by the sea or pool, after all! Enjoy a romantic dinner together at a local restaurant and sample some cuisine, or perhaps dress up glamorously and visit a local casino.

Don’t Succumb

It can be quite easy to fall into the child-led trap whilst you’re on holiday. Instead of visiting the museums, galleries, local restaurants and places of beauty, you end up almost purely frequenting water parks, beaches, play areas and western-themed restaurants, catering almost entirely for the kids. The tip here is to do a healthy mix of both types of activities. If you enjoy exploring and experiencing your destinations, then teach your kids why travelling in such a manner is so wonderful; they’ll learn a lot and you’ll be surprised by the lack of tantrums!

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Take Time

Perhaps our most important point is to simply take it easy! If you have younger children you simply must factor in the endless stoppages, toilet breaks, crying and general tedium that makes up a regular day, then multiply it by two! Trust me; rushing around an airport is no fun at the best of times, but with a young child it’s nigh impossible!

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Holidays For 2019

Happy New Year to you all. And, with Christmas now just a memory, tell me, who’s now thinking about holidays for the Summer, or maybe a break for this Spring? if the answer to this question is yes, then maybe you need to think about a holiday somewhere a little closer to home, one that avoids passports, airports and Brexit. I’m talking about a UK break.

It seems odd to say this, but many people who travel the world often admit that they haven’t really seen the best of what the UK has to offer. In the quest to see the world, they have missed what is in their own backyard. I have to admit to being one of these people, so while I have been thinking of booking for 2019, I have been looking at some of the places which I have yet to visit in the UK.

Here are a few places that have made my must visit list.

Brighton

Brighton is one of the most vibrant, diverse places in the UK. A stunning seaside town that boosts of one of the most bizarre of all Royal palaces – The Brighton Pavilion. Created by George IV as a seaside pleasure palace, it resembles something you would find in India rather than on the South Coast of England.

You can get good deals on tickets for the Brighton Pavilion and it is well worth a visit just to see this unusual, Grade 1 listed palace and try to imagine our current Royal Family living there – something tells me this would’ve been more to Fergie’s taste than Meghan Markle’s.

Morecambe

One of the great things about discovering the English seaside is that it is also a voyage of discovery for fans of all things Art Deco. Morecambe is a key case in point. You can’t pay a visit to Morecambe without saying at least one night in the restored Midland Hotel. An Art Deco gem of the Streamline Moderne style that was built and was at its heyday in the 1930s, in recent years the Midland has been restored to its former glory and has glorious views over the sea.

Don a beaded flapper dress and imagine staying here in the time of The Great Gatsby.

Southport

If you love the idea that the English seaside town was at its height during VIctorian times, then Southport might be your perfect idea of the classic seaside town. Southport is a typical British seaside town, complete with grand seafront hotels and the Uk’s oldest iron pier. Amusement arcades, plenty of shops and traditional carousel rides all make it a wonderful place to visit if your favourite song is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.’

Christmas By The Sea

For many people, Christmas is the ultimate ‘spend time at home’ time of the year, a chance to spend time with the family, enjoying eating too much, drinking far too much, and generally being merry. But if you are looking for a different experience this year, you might decide that the extended break is the perfect time for a holiday. You might just choose to spend your Christmas by the sea.

Christmas is actually a wonderful time of year to enjoy a getaway, imagine spending time with your loved one in a glorious cottage on the coast, with a roaring log fire, a glass of sherry, and copious amounts of Christmas movies to enjoy. There are also lots of fabulous Christmas activities that you can be enjoying if you don’t want your festive season to be too quiet.

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If you do want to enjoy a Christmas by the sea this year, here are a few tips that will help your holiday run smoothly.

  1. Check the weather. If you are traveling to the coast, check the weather beforehand and don’t get caught out. Choose the best possible day for traveling and make sure you have everything you need in terms of food provisions, for both the journey and your stay.
  2. Read up on your destination and have a few activities planned. I am not saying that you need to have every minute planned to the last second, but having a few things to do will make your trip even more special.
  3. If you are planning to enjoy a special meal in a restaurant, or want to get tickets to a play or a panto, make sure you book in advance. It is Christmas after all and that makes it a very busy time of the year, don’t leave things to chance.
  4. Relax. You are there to unwind and relax, moving away from the stress of day to day life, so if you decide you just want to stay in and eat your body weight in cheese, do that. Pack some festive DVDs, lots of trashy but enjoyable novels and maybe a few board games and hibernate, for a few days at least.
  5. Enjoy that fresh air. Winter can be cold and bracing, but can you honestly think of anything better on a crisp Christmas morning than a walk on the beach. Your surroundings are beautiful, make sure you enjoy them.

Have you ever spent Christmas by the Coast?