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HOW TO PLAN FOR YOUR FIRST LONG-HAUL FAMILY HOLIDAY

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When you have a young family, you can often worry about going on holiday and how it’s going to go. But when life is busy and you’re in need of a break, you still want to be able to head somewhere and enjoy yourself. To begin with, you may test out travelling with a baby by staying closer to home. And the great British coast is so beautiful, it’s often nice to be able to do something that you used to do as a child. As your family grows and your children get older, you may then start to think about going a little further afield. That can be equally if not scarier, but as soon as you’ve enjoyed it once (and survived it), you’re more than happy to do it again.

But what about when you have a huge dream to travel the world and introduce your children to the possibilities that travel can offer too? Maybe you don’t even want to go on a bunch of far away travels, but you’re in a position to try something long-haul, and you really want to do it as a family? If you worried a little about your first flight, then the chances are that you’re going to be a bit worried about going long-haul and being in a completely different culture. However, when you have a travel bucket list to tick off, and you know that it will be good for your family to see and experience the world, you know that you should fight off your worries and take the plunge. So here are some tips on how to plan for it, have a successful trip, and ensure that everyone enjoys it!

Give Yourself Plenty Of Time

Whenever you plan a holiday, it’s always a great idea to give yourself plenty of time. Last minute deals sound like a good idea, but they can be quite chaotic to actually manage and plan. Throw in a long-haul holiday to the idea of that, and it all gets a little harder. When you’re a bit apprehensive in the first place, you’re going to want to make sure that you allow plenty of time to plan the holiday and then also prepare for it too. You will know how long you need, whether it’s a few weeks or a few months!

 

Do Your Research

Next, it’s time to do some research. This is often the key to getting everything in order before you go. So never underestimate the power of doing your research properly. When you research and plan, you will know everything you need to about the country that you’re heading to, the culture, and also any customs that they have. And it all matters when it’s your first time going long-haul with your children as you want to make sure you all know what to expect from the holiday, and that you find the best facilities available too.

 

Consider Different Kinds Of Accommodation

Now that you’ve done some research and you’re feeling a little more comfortable with making this work, it’s time to get your accommodation ironed out. Whether you want to rent a Malaysia terrace house or Florida villa, or even stay in a hotel in the Caribbean, it’s always worth considering different kinds of accommodation. Be sure to choose the right style for your family, as this can often make or break your holiday.

Call Ahead

When you’ve booked or even before, you should think about calling ahead to the hotel or property owner. It’s often useful to make special arrangements for your family, or to double check that they are going to be able to provide the things that you may need, such as a cot.

 

Time Your Flight Well

When it comes to booking your flights, the main thing you need to do here is to ensure that you’re getting your times right. You’re going to be on the plane for a long time, so it’s handy to get a time that means you can all sleep – or at least the kids can. This will cut out some of the time spent trying to keep them entertained too.

 

Book Smart

Another great tip for booking your flights is to make sure that you’re choosing your seats. This is something that can often be an extra, but it’s important for you to all be sat together so that you can make the trip smoother. You may also want to consider booking the priority boarding option if it’s available, so you can get on the plane and settled without the mad rush.

Pack Smart

It’s also good to have a bit of a system when you’re packing, but when you’re going long-haul with kids, you really need to nail this. So try and be resourceful. You can pick up things like nappies when you land, and for anything that you really want to make sure that you take from home, leave it until the airport when you’re through security. Many airports have a Boots which you can buy from or even get an order delivered to so you can save space in the case.

Take It Easy

Then, when you’re getting yourself ready for the trip itself, be sure to do it in enough time. Make sure you all get ready with plenty of time to spare and get to the airport without being in a rush. Because this will help to make you that you’re all at ease when you do get on the plane.

 

Know Your Roles

It’s handy for both of you to have roles. Maybe you’re in charge of keeping the children entertained, and he’s the one who will handle the paperwork, keep everything organised, and get you through to the plane on time – or vice versa. Either way, having set roles is a great way to stay organised and make sure that nothing gets lost.

Be Prepared

From here, you also want to make sure that you’re very prepared for the plane journey. You know that you want everyone to sleep a little, but that may not take up the entirety of the flight – and it may not even happen. So it’s handy to have some good aeroplane snacks with you and some good entertainment too. When you have a plan of action prepared, you should find the flight is much easier to manage.

 

Check You Have Everything You Need

When you arrive at your resort, you’re going to want to double check that you have everything you need. It’s tempting to just dump your bags and head out or go to sleep, but it’s best to check you have everything you need for sleeping and preparing food in the room first. This will mean you can stick to a somewhat normal routine right away.

Settle In

Next, you’re going to want to settle into your room. Unpack and get everything out that you need so that it’s to hand. There’s nothing worse than needing something and having to dig around for bits and pieces while the children have a meltdown. At the same time, check over your accommodation. Make sure that the locks are working find and that there aren’t any immediate dangers, like faulty plug sockets.

 

Adapt As Much As You Can

As tempting as it is to try and stick to your own routine, you’ll want to adjust to local time as much as you can. So sleep if its bedtime there and try to stay awake if its daytime. This is one of the simplest ways to adjust to a new time zone right away.

 

Find Your Rhythm

You’re also going to want to find your rhythm as much as possible. Make sure that you spend your days doing what feels natural to you the most. Combine what the children might like to do with what you want to do. Although it’s nice to take it easy, at the same time, you’re going to want to make the most of your trip – particularly when you’re in a new country or surrounded by interesting culture.

 

Enjoy It!

Finally, you have to just enjoy yourself! Don’t let yourself get too stressed out or worked up. Because this is going to be a good break for your family, and it will work out if you want it too. Just relax and take it all in.

So now that you’ve seen just how easy it can be, from planning and packing to flighting and enjoying yourself when you’re there, what are you waiting for? Yes, you probably do have a few worries in your mind still, and that’s only natural. If you are incredibly worried about going on a long-haul holiday, then don’t do it. Maybe delaying until you’re a little more confident about the idea will be better for you and your family. But, if you’re still excited to start planning your trip and get out there and enjoy a great holiday together, then what are you waiting for? Happy Holidaying!

 

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