January is always the hardest month of the year. There is the lull after Christmas, the stretch on the finances and the cold weather in what feels like the longest month of the year.
January is always a time when I like to think about our family holiday for the year ahead. There are several things that I like to take in to consideration when I book our family holiday. Here are my Top 5 things to consider when it comes to planning a family holiday.
1. Consider where you want to go
This is obviously the most important factor when you start to plan a family holiday. Where do you want to go? Abroad or stay in the UK?
If abroad – what will the climate be like? Will it be hot and humid, which could be too much for little ones to deal with. What is the time difference between your destination and the UK – factor in plane journey time and possible jet lag.
If opting to stay in the UK – what part of the country would you like to visit? Do you want to stay in a remote cottage in the countryside? a hotel by the beach? or do you want to have accommodation, entertainment and leisure facilities in one place? In which case you will want to book your UK holiday park for 2014.
So you’ve decided on where you want to go, but what sort of accommodation will suit your families needs? Will a hotel be able to accommodate your family in one room or will you need two? Would you prefer a villa or a cottage where you will have more freedom? An apartment or a static caravan?
Weigh up the pros and cons of various types of accommodation, as well as the cost. An apartment fitting the whole family will certainly be a lot cheaper than having to book 2 hotel rooms for the duration of your stay.
Food can be costly on holiday as you can often end up eating out more than usual. When thinking about your holiday, consider whether you want to go fully inclusive, half board or self-catering. Fully inclusive has it pro’s in that the children won’t keep asking for money for ice cream, drinks are included and you can pretty much eat what you like. Self catering is good if you have fussy eaters, are planning a lot of activities and if you don’t want to eat out every single night.
Think about how much money you will have to spend of food for the family whilst on holiday and whether or not you want to be cooking etc.
Activities are really important for keeping the kids entertained during the day on family holidays. Check out where you will be staying and see if they have activities available on the complex. Do they have a kids club? Will activities be extra or are they included? Are there activities to do off site as a whole family? Something that you can all enjoy together. Any attractions to visit and sites to see, or even beaches nearby to just have a lazy stroll and build some sand castles.
Entertainment is great fun for all the family. Most holiday parks and complexes have entertainment on site, whereas if you are staying in a villa or cottage you may have to travel to have some evening entertainment. It is also worth considering whether children are welcome and is the entertainment child friendly? Is it on every night or just a few times a week? Is entertainment that important or are you happy to stay in and play a few board or card games?
What do you look for when you plan a family holiday? Is there anything you would add to my list?