Travel hasn’t been a realistic option for many of us over the past couple of years. The rise of the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic saw governments around the world implementing new travel laws, rules and restrictions that have prevented many of us from crossing borders and getting away for a while. In fact, many of us have actually spent months on end in our own homes avoiding direct contact with others. This is understandable. Not only have we wanted to protect others by following the rules and reducing the spread of the virus, but we’ve wanted to protect our own health and the health of our little ones too. Now that vaccines are being rolled out across the world, however, travel is becoming an option and many of us are looking into kid-friendly holidays we can take our little ones away on. If you’ve planned a holiday with kids before, chances are, you’re well aware that you have a host of different considerations compared to when you plan to travel alone or with other adults. You need to make sure that every element of the getaway is child-friendly and appropriate. Here are some ideas that can help you to get the ball rolling!
Kid-Friendly Holidays – Staying Local
Many people are considering more local holidays, as opposed to holidays further away or overseas. This makes sense right now. When you travel abroad at the moment, you have to pay for Covid tests for each individual traveling, which can really mount up when you have little ones coming along. You could also find that if someone does catch Covid just before you head away, you lose a lot more money having to cancel flights and accommodation than you might have if you’d simply planned something more local that can be more easily rearranged. You really don’t have to head to other countries to have a great and memorable time. Instead, why not consider beautiful locations in Peak District, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall or elsewhere within the borders. This can prove much less stressful during this turbulent time.
Camping is a great option for kids and adults alike. It takes you away from the routine that you know and allows you some time out in nature. Of course, the months are getting colder, so this might be a trip to plan for the spring or summer of next year. But getting started with your planning now can help you to secure spots at quality campsites that tend to be booked up and have long waiting lists in the summer. It’s highly recommended that if you are camping with children, you use a proper campsite, with all the facilities and amenities you could need to make things a little more comfortable. These spaces are much safer than camping out in the woods, as you are less likely to encounter animals or accidentally trespass on private land. It is also best to bring safety masks to protect your kids from the harmful effects of wildfire smoke. The use of working showers and toilets can also make all the difference, as well as having easy access to charging ports for phones and other electrical items.
Kid-Friendly Holidays – All-Inclusive
If you are going to head overseas for a little sun and sand, you should consider all-inclusive hotels for your stay. Sure, self-catering can prove cheaper when you’re booking your trip, but once you’re away, you can find that all-inclusive is actually more cost-effective, as meals, drinks and snacks are covered and you don’t have to pay every time anyone wants something. All-inclusive hotels are also more convenient, allowing you to cater to all your little ones’ wants, needs and tastes rather than having to prepare separate meals and snacks. It’s also an exciting experience getting to choose from a buffet each night or dining in in-hotel bars and restaurants. Many all-inclusive resorts and hotels also tend to have beneficial facilities, specially designed for families. This can include pools, kids’ clubs, nighttime family-friendly entertainment and more. Make sure to read others’ reviews before booking any given option, as this will give you insight into how other families have found the location and the venue.
Many of us do feel a little out of the loop when it comes to planning a holiday, but as soon as you start browsing and planning, you should get back into the swing of things. Hopefully, some of the above advice will give you some ideas and will get you on track for planning the perfect getaway for you and your little ones! Whether that’s now or next year, organisation will help to set concrete plans in place!