How to plan the ultimate family holiday

Despite the cost-of-living crisis squeezing household budgets for a second year, many families are opting for a holiday abroad this year, in search of sunshine, adventure, and a break from routine.

Whether you’re planning a trip abroad or a staycation closer to home, here are some expert tips to ensure your family holiday is one to remember.

  • Making a budget

The first step to any successful holiday is setting a realistic budget. Involve the whole family in the discussion – it’s a great opportunity to teach children valuable financial lessons. Consider how much money you can put towards your holiday while still meeting your other financial obligations. This will inform your decisions when it comes to deciding on a destination, accommodation and activities.

  • Choosing your destination

Matching your chosen destination to your family’s interests and budget is key. Do you crave relaxation on a sun-drenched beach, or are you seeking cultural immersion and historical adventures? Consider the ages of your children – a toddler might be happier splashing in a pool than exploring ancient ruins.

Try to be as flexible as possible. Make good use of online resources to compare flights and accommodation deals and consider taking advantage of last-minute holidays.

  • Selecting accommodation

After choosing your destination, it’s time to find the perfect place to stay. Consider your family’s needs: a hotel with a kids’ club might be ideal for younger children, while teenagers might appreciate the independence of an Airbnb. Apartments offer more space and allow for some self-catering, which can be a budget-saver for families.

  • Packing and preparing

When it comes to clothing, opt for versatile layers you can mix and match. Don’t forget essentials like toiletries, medications, and sources of entertainment for the journey such as books, games or tablets. Consider using packing cubes to help you keep things organised, especially if you have limited luggage space.

  • Making the most of the experience

Capture some memories with photos and videos but remember to put your phone down sometimes so you can be fully present in the moment. Try to collect experiences, not just souvenirs – learn a few basic phrases in the local language, take a dance class together or cook a local dish. Finally, unplug and unwind by scheduling downtime for relaxation, whether it’s letting loose on the beach, reading a book by the pool or simply enjoying quality family time without a packed itinerary.

Balancing planning and spontaneity

Thorough planning will ensure your family holiday is an unforgettable experience that strengthens your bonds, all while staying within financial means.

Yet while planning is key, don’t underestimate the magic of spontaneity. Leave room for unexpected adventures and detours during your trip. Embrace the unknown and allow yourselves to be surprised by the local culture and delightful experiences you might discover.

Andy Higgs
Andy Higgs

I know what it's like to go from being a crazy backpacker without a care in the world, via being a vaguely sensible parent to being an adventurer once more. In other words, evolving into a Grown-up Traveller.

Like everyone else, I love to travel, have visited a lot of countries and all that but my big thing is Africa.

I also own and run The Grown-up Travel Company as a travel designer creating personalised African itineraries for experienced adventurers

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