Taking a family holiday is an opportunity share unique experiences with the people you love. It’s a great time to foster relationships, learn about each other, teach each other, and create life long memories.
Having the time to get everyone together for some solid family bonding can be rare, so you want your time together to be really special. Here are some ways to get the most out of your family holiday.
To truly get the most out of a family holiday, every family member has to enjoy it. Your itinerary needs incorporate activities to suit everyone’s interests and there should be a good balance so that no one misses out.
It’s also great to include your children in the lead up to the trip so they can get excited about what they are going to see and know what to expect. If you’re travelling with little ones, perhaps start introducing them to the cuisine and culture before you depart so that they not only start to anticipate the holiday ahead of them, but also so it is an easier transition on holidays.
Take a family tour
Travelling as a family is an incredible opportunity to bond, however, there is no denying the fact that it can also be complicated and challenging. You can eliminate much of the hassle by taking a guided family holiday which leaves the planning and logistics to the experts, and you with more time to enjoy with your loved ones.
Family tours are also designed with different ages in mind, with itineraries to entertain everyone from toddlers to teens, and parents to grandparents. Your fellow travel companions are ready made friends for your little ones, and you can enjoy the company of kindred spirits in the same stages of life.
As with so many things in life, preparation is key when it comes to family travel! Research the destinations you are visiting so that you know what to expect – explore the culture and traditions, know the etiquette and appropriate dress codes, and make note of important customs. This will create a sense of fun and also help avoid any awkward faux pas along the way and make for a smooth and enjoyable journey.
It is also handy to be prepared with a few key phrases to break the ice with the locals and help make your travels easier. Interacting with the people who call the places you are visiting home helps to truly get to know a place, build social awareness, and introduce your children to different cultures. Your children will pick up key phrases of a new language quickly!
Taking a guided tour is a great way to open up these opportunities in a safe environment, unmasking experiences that may be difficult or unnerving to access independently.
Allow yourself time to enjoy not only the places you are visiting, but also each other’s company. Schedule in some family time around the sightseeing – time for you all to relax and enjoy being together. Sometimes it’s not the famous Roman ruins you remember, but the way your little ones’ eyes lit up when they tried chocolate gelato for the first time (even if Grandad snuck it to them without your say so!).
If you are travelling long haul, perhaps consider a stopover or plan a few days to relax at the start of your journey so everyone has time to catch up on rest and reset their body clocks to a different time zone. That way you’ll all be refreshed and ready to start exploring and making memories together.
About Global Journeys
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