3 Smart travel tips for your next family holiday
Planning a trip on your own can be stressful enough as it is without having to worry about planning for your entire family. When we do go on family vacations, however, we tend to create some of the greatest memories of our lives, most of which we are able to treasure for a long time, regardless of whether or not we’ve remembered to take the camera along. Here are some easy tips that will help you move along the planning phase as smoothly as possible so you can get to the enjoyment without any hesitation.
- Pack light
This is probably one that you’ll hear quite often, but its for a very good reason. When we pack for our vacations, we tend to get caught up in the excitement, packing everything we can get our hands on “in case we need it”. This leads to having to pay extra luggage fees on the flight, extra clothes and unused necessities strewn around the hotel room that we’ll end up leaving there, and less space to bring back souvenirs for our loved ones. Plan your luggage so that there’s enough space to fit some extra stuff in on your way back without having to buy extra bags. And remember that if you’re traveling with your family, those extra weight fees for your checked luggage will add up if you’re not careful!
- Plan some alone time
Even though you’re looking to spend quality time with your family on your vacation, spending too much forced time together is bound to get you all frustrated and will bring down the enjoyment levels considerably. Make sure to leave some time open on your busy schedule so that the kids can go down to the beach while you and your husband or wife stay in and have dinner. Or send the kids out to the movies so you can have a relaxing night in with a book, taking in the sights from your hotel room balcony.
- Don’t skimp out on the travel insurance
This one is quite a no-brainer. Even if you’re the kind of person who believes nothing bad could possibly happen to you while you’re on holiday, plan for it anyway, since you might find yourself in more trouble than you can handle if something happens and you haven’t planned for it. Most basic travel insurance packages include things like injuries, lost luggage, sickness, and even cover you if you have to cancel your trip before going. While you probably won’t get the entire amount back, you will at least be able to get a portion of your money back after paying your cancellation fines.