Traveling with kids isn’t always the most enjoyable of experiences. It can be trying on the nerves of even the most patient of parents. When the children are whining, crying, tired, and hungry there is no chance that anyone is going to have a good time. The good news is though that it doesn’t have to be this way! With a little early planning and choosing your holiday carefully you can up your chances of having a family holiday filled with happy memories that last a lifetime.
What then are these magical travel tips? Well, the travel experts at Sykes Cottages have compiled five handy ideas that can help to alleviate the cost and stress of a family holiday.
- If you are going to need to travel any length by either car or airplane consider organizing the trip for overnight when the kids would normally be asleep. Have some dinner, get them in their pj’s and set them up in the back of the car or in an airplane seat for a nice long sleep.
- Always make sure to leave yourself more than enough time to get to your destination so that you aren’t feeling rushed. This is especially important if you are flying because there are few things worse than trying to run through an airport with a small child – this is not a good way to start your holiday!
- Consider staying in a holiday cottage rather than a hotel room. Not only is it generally cheaper, but you will also have more space and privacy and no worries that the noisy people in the hallway will wake the baby at 3am. You’ll also be able to cook your own meals in a fully-equipped kitchen, which can save you an unbelievable amount of money. To see the kind of self-catering holiday cottages that are available in the UK and Ireland visit http://www.sykescottages.co.uk.
- Everyone knows that kids don’t like to have their schedule changed and few things upset the routine worse than travel. While you can’t keep everything the same, trying to keep meal times and sleep schedules similar to at home is best for everyone.
- Make sure to have some activities organized in advanced so that you can get the best out of every day. If you end up with a rainy afternoon you want to make sure that you know what is around so you aren’t just stuck inside. Visiting attraction websites in advance can also save you some money by buying discounted advanced tickets, which often allow you to skip the line-up and head straight in. It’s a win win situation, really!
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