While it’s true that family holidays are the stuff that lifelong memories are made of, no parent is going to pretend that travelling with small children doesn’t involve a certain amount of stress. Thankfully there are a variety of precautions you can take to make sure your time away with your young children is everything you (and they) hoped for.
Preparation, Preparation, Preparation
You may be one of those people who spent your twenties backpacking around the globe, making up your route as you went, but you’re a parent now and, believe me, the best way to have a laid back time with young kids is to plan in advance.
From searching online for cheap family travel insurance to booking flights which won’t disturb your little ones’ routines too adversely, it’s worth starting your planning at least a couple of months before you travel.
Research pays so spend some time on the internet in the run up to your holiday looking into the various services you’re likely to be using. Check out the child-friendly credentials of your accommodation (they may claim to welcome kids but is there a games room, babysitting service, play equipment?), find out what your airline’s policy is on buggies and car seats, and what the weather is likely to be like when you’re there.
Insurance is important whenever you’re on holiday but even more so when you’re travelling with children. We’re used to the NHS if things go wrong at home but when you’re abroad you’ll want to know that you and your family are covered in the unlikely event of illness or accident. Remember, cover doesn’t need to be expensive to protect you and your little ones – just do some research to find the best cheap family travel insurance you can.
Tips for a Calm Journey
Okay so you’ve done all your preparation, you’ve booked a flight at a reasonable time, found good, cheap family travel insurance and booked a family room in a hotel with lots of things for the kids to do. Now you just have to get them there.