Holidays for children of varying ages

If you are trying to plan a family holiday and have children of different ages then you may struggle when it comes to choosing where to go and what activities to do. A three year old will have a different idea of fun to a thirteen year old and you want to be able to try and please both whilst still enjoying the holiday yourself.

If there are two adults going it may be that for one or two days of the holiday you do separate activities that each child will enjoy. You could also try and find activities that vary dependant on ages such as a rock climbing centre which has a toddler wall and a teenage wall.

Try and enjoy the simple pleasures. Research shows that the majority of children enjoy spending time on the beach when on holiday at varying ages. If your child is younger then they will most likely want to stay very close to you and have you join in with them, older children may be able to go a little further afield and explore rock pools or go for a paddle, knowing that you are still close by.

Holidays are often a rare break away from technology so lave the Ipads and DVD players at home and spend the time outdoors as much as you can.


Daunting family holidays?

Many parents worry about taking that first family holiday with young children or babies. They may have read numerous horror stories about babies crying for 6 hours slid on a flight to their destination or from children who refuse to eat in the onsite restaurants due to the different types of food on offer.

With the correct planning and preparation, no parent need fear the family holidays, instead it should be a time to look forward to and enjoy relaxing together.

Children need routine and therefore you need to make plans ahead of time. Do not leaving bookings for accommodation, travel etc down to the last minute… book ahead and give yourself time to do some research so you know what facilities you can expect.

Allowing your child to play on a tablet or laptop, may be enough to keep them entertained on long car journeys or flights where entertainment may be limited, although this should not exceed 30 min bursts, often a short time is enough to take their mind off the trip.


Holiday activity planning

If you are looking to go on holiday or have booked a holiday then you may want to consider what type of activities (if any) you may want to do. For some people, activities couldn’t be further from their mind, and they would be quite happy to start at the resort or on the beach for the duration of their trip whereas for others, they want to use a holiday as a chance to explore and try new things.

Once you have chosen your location do a bit of research to find out what is local to you. There may be some great activities to do right on your door step. Often booking activities in advance rather than paying on the door can save you quite a bit of money and also time, whist also giving you something else to look forward to.

Pre planning can allow you time to compare prices and arrange transport to and from the destination if needed.

Entertainment on a family holiday

I recently took my partner and two children on a family holiday to Newquay. Upon arriving at the campsite, we were asked if we wished to purchase entertainment passes. The cost of the entertainment passes were £10 each for adults and children and therefore added quite a chunk on to our holiday.

The entertainment passes were required to use the on site club house (which hosted the evening entertainment), the swimming pool and also the games room. Not wanting to not have access to these facilities we forked out £40 for the four of us to have a pass each.

The entertainment passes in my opinion were not worth it and should I be visiting again, would not be happy in paying for them. The evening entertainment was ok for the children but the adults left a lot to be desired. The toilets and other facilities on site were not very clean and often out of use and the swimming pool (which we only visited once) was cold. Over all we felt we did not get use of our entertainment passes during our stay and could not see where the money had been spent. If you are offered the passes, why not see if you can purchase them at a later date if required as you may not spend too much time on the site to get your money’s worth.


Getting ready for a camping / caravanning holiday

If you are going on a camping / caravanning holiday then you may need to start packing a little bit earlier than if you were going to be staying in a hotel or resort.

Food can be a huge expense when staying away especially if you have to buy breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have the facilities to cook and prepare food then you should try and take some food with you and /or find a large supermarket to stock up on supplies.

Buying food from on site shops is often not the cheapest way to fill your fridge. You may have many items already in your cupboard at home that you can take with you to cook.

The more money you can save on food the more you can spend on entertainment and just save towards your nest holiday. Even taking items such as salt and pepper and washing up liquid will save you having to buy new ones.