Perfect! After months of scrolling through fantastic holiday deals online then booking your accommodation and flights, you and you’re family can finally look forward to your first ever time away abroad together. It’s a momentous occasion and one you hope will be full of ever-lasting memories.
Of course you will want your time away to be as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, but a child’s idea of a grand family holiday is very different their parent’s. So to help calm any first-time nerves, here are eight do’s and don’ts for your family holiday; little tips which will keep the whole clan happy whilst soaking up the sun this summer!
DO ENCOURAGE SANDY PLAY
Although parents love to spend hours sunbathing on white sandy beaches, restless children do not: they get bored. After all, a child envisions building tall sand castles and digging great holes to the centre of the earth whilst at the beach, so why not purchase a little bucket and spade and other beach toys to keep them occupied? As parents, you can even get involved. Who knows you may even reach the earth’s core (unlikely).
DON’T STICK TO ENGLISH CUISINE
Let’s say you and your family are on your first of many Lanzarote Holidays: you’ve never been there before, meaning you’ve never tasted the local food either. So, why not take the opportunity as a family to try some? Who knows, you’re weekly Sunday roast at home could be replaced by sea-food paella!
DO WATCH THEM TAKE THE PLUNGE
Children love to impress their parents by jumping into swimming pools. For some reason they imagine their little run and jumps creating giant waves of chaos, so make sure you acknowledge their efforts with overt praise or excessive clapping! And remember to take pictures. They’ll love it.
DON’T HOP ON BOARD THE DAYLONG BOAT TRIP
A daylong boat trip is always a popular holidaying excursion, especially amongst parents. It’s relaxing, you witness some incredible sites and you get to dive into the glistening warm sea at some point or another. But as a first family holiday activity its risky business! Children who may never have fought the ocean waves before may suffer from sea sickness, and to spend the whole day reassuring an ill child that ‘it will all be over soon’ isn’t a fun proposition – approach with caution.
DO TAKE A BUGGY
Parents, if you’re thinking about taking a few day-trips whilst on holiday, ask yourselves one question: will my child/children be able to stand on their own two feet throughout the entire day? For parents with babies or younger children, a buggy or pram is a holiday must!
DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION WITHOUT PREPARATION!
Of course the first family holiday abroad should be considered a special occasion and one you hope will stay fresh in the memory for years to come. The best way to avoid potential hiccups is to prepare- which brings us onto our next point:
Although you’re holiday is undoubtedly a time for you to relax and enjoy the sand, sea and sunshine, you do need to put your children’s welfare before your own. So planning what you’ll need to take to ensure your child’s safety abroad is a great way to mitigate potential incidents’. Travel insurance for a start acts as a great safety buffer.
DON’T FORGET THE PASSPORTS
Pretty self explanatory this one but you’ll be amazed how often it happens. You can’t leave the country without it so make sure it’s the first thing you cross off your checklist before packing. Your children will also need their own passports, so make sure you apply for one well before your departure date, otherwise you’ll be standing in a very long queue for a very long time….