Holidays are supposed to be fun. The anticipation of new and exciting environments, tasty exotic cuisine, and relaxing atmospheres is almost tangible. So as you count down the days to the big dare, here are some points to consider before embarking on a family holiday.
As simple as this may sound, this is one of the most abused. After choosing a destination, the next move is choosing the mode of transport, and then you have to do a little research on the places you plan to visit so as you can know what to bring along. For example if you are going on a skiing holiday you may bring along extra warm clothing. If visiting Africa in general, a lot of sunscreen especially for the young ones is a must, some anti-malarial, pain killers and antihistamines should be considered. It is very important to remember that you get better rates when you plan ahead.
Also, make sure that all your paperwork is in order and your reservations done. I’d hate to be the one telling the kids to go back home, the tickets were not confirmed!
In as much as nobody wants to tragedy, crossing your fingers and hoping for the best is not wise especially where children and the advanced in age are involved. It is always advisable to buy a health insurance policy to be on the safe side. You don’t have to spoil your holiday by thinking about queuing in the halls; most insurance companies are available online.
FAMILY FRIENDLY DESTINATIONS
A lone holiday can be planned in a whiz, but a vacation involving the whole family may be tasking. What attracts a three year old may not necessarily be a pot of honey for a teenager. To avoid general embarrassing situations, it is always good to research if the place you are visiting. Find out what amenities they offer: do they have babysitters for when you need to get away for the night, check the activities available for your teenagers, are the rooms family friendly, and do they offer discount services for families? A family friendly destination will have something for everyone.
The security of a place is of uttermost importance to any traveler and it’s therefore wise to choose a safe place to take a vacation. Be aware of the political stability or the general state of a country to avoid being caught up in chaos and disruptions. Visiting a place where military officers are sauntering all over in their camouflaged uniforms and heavily armed may confuse and instill fear to the young ones. While one can adventure in newly opened up destinations like Kashmir, taking children to a place with rebel threat is very irresponsible!
USE LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS
If you are not sure of getting it done on your own, you can always make use of travel agents. They are very able to assist you in making the best choices. Some information may not be readily available for example: you may want to learn to a foreign language, or just to try cooking lessons to add to your family menu, the knowledge you may find from a travel agent could be just what you need. Local travel agents give back to the community you are visiting, and as such make for responsible travel partners.