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There’s few things more memorable than planning a family vacation, after all you’re setting an intentional time to create special memories with your family and children. I personally love to get the extended family together, as it means the children can play with their cousins while the adults hang out and relax. Here are my tips for organising a great family trip away:
1. Find a Big, Comfortable House
With the Internet, it’s easy to find big houses to rent for a family holiday that are large enough to fit the extended family. Inviting grandparents is a wonderful way to ensure they can spend some quality time with your kids and maybe even to help you have a night out without them! If you have an upcoming birthday, why not combine it with a party house to ensure you can host a memorable family birthday trip away. Check out the range of accommodation at www.partyhouses.co.uk.
2. Consider a Road Trip
Choosing to go away to a local destination means that you can take your car and that will make everything easier when traveling with children. You can stop when you need to, pack snacks in the car, and even do a sneaky nappy change in the boot if you need to. A road trip is one of the most relaxed ways to travel as a family and can make the entire trip more enjoyable as you’ll be able to travel at your own pace.
3. Bring a Camera
Yes, it’s tempting to rely on smartphones for everything, but the truth is you’re going to want to take a lot of pictures and the quality of smart phones tends to be lacking a little for printing the photos out. Children grow so fast and you will want to have happy photos to look back on. I personally love taking a proper camera and getting a few photos printed to decorate the home with. Too often we simply post pictures on Facebook and don’t take the time to print them out, so make the time to take photos that you can intentionally print.
4. Find Activities That Suit All Ages
Whenever I’m looking for a holiday destination, I try to think of places that have a range of activities that will interest the young and young at heart. Things like interactive museums, zoos, theme parks and even popping to the cinema is a great way to keep everyone entertained. Finding a holiday home that has a pool – weather dependent – or finding a holiday destination near a beach, is another great way to keep the whole family entertained.
5. Try To Keep a Routine
If you’re traveling with children under the age of ten, it’s a good idea to fit into their routine as much as possible. Often it’s better to fly with them during the day so that they can sleep at night and follow a normal routine. Try to keep things as ‘normal’ as possible, including maintaining any naps during the day and night time routine. A little planning before you go will ensure your children are as relaxed as possible, so you can actually have a holiday too.
Traveling as a family is one of life’s greatest joys and with these tips you’ll be able to enjoy the best family vacation ever.

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