When planning a family holiday, few of us consider that the kids could get bored. Surely sun, sea, and sand will be enough to keep them happy? In reality, though, it can be a bit of stretch when you’re away for a week or more. You don’t need us to tell you that kids need a lot of stimulation. In truth, holidays sometimes struggle to provide it. If you’re the type of person who loves to stay busy while they go away, you don’t need to worry. But, if you love a holiday where you kick back and spend your days on the beach, you might want to think again.
That time away won’t be fun for anyone if your children are bored for the duration. You won’t be able to relax, and they’ll go out of their minds not having anything to do. With that in mind, consider how you can ensure that they have a good time. After all, seeing your kids’ enjoyment is the best part of any family holiday. Here are a few ideas to help you along a little.
The right destination
Most obviously, picking the right destination can be a huge help here. If you get this right, there’s no risk of boredom. Countries like Spain are always a safe bet here. They’re popular destinations for families and provide plenty of water parks, zoos, and kids clubs. Areas like Paris can also go down well thanks to Disneyland. As well as taking time over the best country to keep them happy, think hard about the hotel you book. You want to look out for a kid-friendly option which provides clubs and entertainment through the day. This way, you can rest easy that they’ll be happy, even if you do have a day by the pool.
As already mentioned, kids need a lot of stimulation. Not doing much for a few days on end will drive them mad, and you along with them. So, make sure to book up plenty of activities during your time away. You could play this safe, by booking planned tours with a company like Travelsphere. That way, you can make sure you have plenty to do without even worrying about planning activities yourself. Or, you may prefer the freedom of booking individual excursions for each day. Either way, make sure to fill that itinerary.
Limit your time
A long holiday in the sun may sound like a dream for you, but it’s unlikely to be the same for your kids. In truth, going away for two weeks at a time is just too long when you have little ones around. If they’re happy enough to keep themselves amused, this may work. But, there’s no way you can keep the pace going to keep them entertained for this long. If anything, you’ll need a holiday to recover at the end of that. Instead, booking no longer than seven days makes it easier to keep yourselves busy for the duration.
Im Lew – A blogger and father of two boys, three if you include the dog, living in Sunderland. Not sure I have the hang of this blog niche thing but hey ho, I’m doing it anyway – expect all sorts of randomness.