Tuesday, March 5, 2013

5 Steps to Simplifying Family Holidays: itravelnet.com Travel Blog plus 1 more

5 Steps to Simplifying Family Holidays: itravelnet.com Travel Blog plus 1 more

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5 Steps to Simplifying Family Holidays

Posted: 05 Mar 2013 05:34 PM PST

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.

Kid

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.

Kid on beach

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. 

Family

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. 

kids at night on beach with kids club

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. 

5 Steps to Simplifying Family Holidays is a post from: itravelnet.com - Travel Directory

Planning a Family Holiday with Teenagers

Posted: 04 Mar 2013 05:20 PM PST

Luxury family holidays are becoming increasingly popular with families looking for a comfortable, stylish and unforgettable travel experience. Many luxury resorts these days are geared towards children of all ages, but what do you need to know about planning luxury family holidays when you have teenagers?

riding bikes

Finding Activities Friendly for All
Maybe you have had a few family holiday traditions since the kids were little; however, now that they are older, it’s time to find activities that are more suitable for teenagers. They may want to go and learn how to surf, indulge in adventurous activities such as kayaking or abseiling, or be able to enjoy a dance with new friends in the evening. Whatever your teens are into, it's important to check that the resort can cater to their interests otherwise it's very likely they'll quickly end up getting bored!

Factor in extra rooms
When yours kids are still little, it’s quite possible that all of you can fit into one room. Furthermore, it’s also helpful if you need to tend to the little ones in the night. However, teenagers are going to want their privacy, and they will likely feel grown-up enough to have their own rooms. These could be separate bedrooms in the hotel in which you’re staying; in many luxury hotels, you may be able to get them their own rooms adjacent to your own, so they have their own space but are never too far away. Speak to your trusted family tour operator for more advice on hotels offering interconnecting rooms.

tubing fun

Educational Experiences
Another possibility for luxury family holidays with teenagers is to incorporate educational experiences into the trips. For example, maybe you are staying in an area for several weeks or even the entire summer, and you could look into enrolling your teenagers into a music or writing course with some professionals who live in the area. Depending upon where you are going, you might also have the opportunity to bring your teenagers to volunteer opportunities. 

Considering the Length of Time Away from School
When your children are very little, you might not be so concerned with taking them out of school for a couple of days. However, when they are older, they are likely to be preparing for exams or in the midst of an important piece of coursework. Additionally, their school or college will likely permit them to only miss a certain number of days. Therefore it’s always wise to book your holiday to coincide with the school holidays. The other benefit of this is that many other families will be on holiday too, and your teenagers will have the chance to mingle with other kids their age.

Planning a luxury family holiday with teenagers might seem challenging at first but seeking specialist advice from a family travel specialist can take all of the pain and hassle away. If you are looking for inspiration, check out these top 10 resorts perfect for teenagers. Wish you were there?

Planning a Family Holiday with Teenagers is a post from: itravelnet.com - Travel Directory

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