Taking luxury family holidays requires a bit of forethought. Anticipating the potential hiccups and creating the perfect moments when travelling with children is certainly an attainable ideal. Read the tips below for 5 simple steps to simplify the process of taking a luxury holiday as a family.
1. You can never plan too far in advance
Planning your holiday several months in advance has its benefits. You can exhaustively research the top luxury family friendly resorts, find the best entertainment in town as well as carefully plan your itinerary to accommodate every activity on your to-do list. It’s the easiest way to ensure that your holiday is filled with luxury, relaxation, activities for the kids and excitement for the adults.
2. More is more
Throughout your holiday, you’ll want to spend quality time together as a family. However, that doesn’t mean that spending every moment together should be a requirement. Allowing everyone the room to spread out and the ability to be alone with their thoughts when needed will make for one of the ultimate stress-free luxury family holidays of a lifetime. In those moments when you’re sitting on the patio quietly watching the sunset with your spouse you’ll almost forget the kids are in the next room playing.
3. Once in a lifetime experiences
If there’s one thing you’ll learn from travelling with children, it’s that they are restless. Make the best memories and add exciting pictures to your holiday album by planning at least one once in a lifetime experience. Activities such as walking on a glacier in New Zealand, diving into the Great Blue Hole in Belize or riding a mule to the lowest point of the Grand Canyon are truly once in a lifetime. They’ll keep the kids entertained, engaged and challenged and will also create unforgettable memories.
4. Organise childcare
There’s no need to feel guilty about finding quality childcare for your children while on holiday. It’s important to find adult time while in a beautiful destination. Many luxury family resorts and hotels offer childcare or recommendations for the best childcare agencies local to the area. Speak to a family holiday tour operator such as Western & Oriental who will also be able to tailor-make your holiday and make it that much easier for you.
5. Bring more than you think you’ll need
While this goes against most travel packing advice, it makes sense when travelling with small children. When it comes to travelling with kids, there’s a little known rule that eases the stressful moments – pack what you think you’ll need, then add 50% more. Throughout activity-packed luxury family holidays, shirts will be dirtied, trousers will be ripped and jackets will be lost. Toys will be dropped or left behind and never seen again. Avoid “dramatic” situations and tantrums by bringing along a bit more you need. If everything goes according to plan, you’ll just have more variety to choose from. However, if disaster strikes, you’ll have more than one backup plan to rely on.