Family vacations are a way of bonding and creating memories that will last beyond your kid’s childhoods. However, while planning a solo vacation is fairly straightforward, and a romantic break can be a breeze, putting together a luxury family holiday requires a lot of strategic planning if everyone is going to be kept happy.
Choosing Your Destination
Picking the right destination is a critical part of the process and you really can’t continue until you have completed this step. Firstly, it’s important to ascertain what’s top of the agenda for all participants. Some may want sun, while others are keen for snow but with a bespoke luxury holiday, you should be able to incorporate the desires of all members of your family.
At this point, it is worth taking distance and travel into consideration. Very small children may struggle with long haul flights for example and depending on the time you have available for your holiday, you may not want to spend too long traveling to your destination.
It’s also worth remembering that different places are better at certain times of year, so you may want to incorporate the season into your decision.
Consider Your Accommodation Options
With so many choices including hotels, resorts, villas and campsites available it’s important that you choose your accommodation to suit your family needs. If you have very small children who need to go to bed early, staying in a hotel will make it difficult for the adults to enjoy the evenings as the children will need babysitting so either find out in advance if there are babysitting services available or alternatively consider a villa. Bespoke luxury holidays come in a variety of packages and there are stunning villas available as well as a large selection of hotels.
Plan Activities and Sightseeing for Everyone
Kids have short attention spans and pottering around museums or shops won’t keep them amused for long. Think carefully about what they enjoy doing the most and whether they might be happy playing in a pool for hours while you pick up a good book. If you use a bespoke travel service, they will be able to assist you in finding amazing activities and experiences in and around your chosen destination to really make your holiday memorable.
Do One Really Special Thing Together
Be prepared to splash out on one perfect day together. Find an event or activity in your chosen destination that you will all enjoy and that will create memories that you can share forever. It may be something adventurous like heli-skiing or white-water rafting, or it may be horseback riding down the beach at sunset.
Roll with The Punches
While you may have put masses of time and effort into planning every second of your itinerary, you should also be prepared to drop everything and change direction at a moment’s notice. Sometimes you stumble across an activity that you all want to repeat or indeed something new that you didn’t know was available. Having some flexibility can help ensure everyone is happy.
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