Before the little ones came along life seemed like a breeze. You could jaunt off to any place at any time with minimal thought and a breezy, carefree attitude. Nowadays, travelling seems like a burden; with a million and one things to remember. You are in charge of keeping a tiny human (sometimes several tiny humans) entertained for a long stretch of time and making a long journey to an unknown destination can be an overwhelming task. Whether you’re travelling a long distance to take part in activities for the winter or you’re jetting off on an aeroplane to sunnier climates, you will have to think about every element of the trip. It all begins as soon as you set off and it doesn’t end until you get home. It is a long time to be away from your comfort zone, but you want your holiday to be a memorable and relaxing experience for everybody. Join me as I attempt to take away your stresses and plan each possibility that could crop up during your family getaway. You will no longer find yourself fretting if you think ahead, stay calm and prepare yourself in advance.

Jovial Journeys

Sometimes the most stressful part of a holiday is the actual journey to the destination. Whether you’re taking a long car ride or hopping onto an aeroplane, there are a number of ways in which you can reduce the stress and boost the entertainment. First of all make sure that the little ones have visited the bathroom before setting off on any type of journey. Guaranteed you will be ten minutes into the ride and your kid will be ‘bursting’ for the bathroom. The next thing is to pack relevant drinks and snacks to keep you all going for a lengthy amount of time. Save yourself a tonne of money in airports or service stations by pre-packing all of your favourite foods before you go. Make it like an exciting picnic (because we all know the Browns like a picnic) and prepare sandwiches and nibbles to keep everybody quiet, this is including me. Not only will you have food on hand instantly if the children start to grumble, but you can also make sure they are eating nutritionally balanced meals, so they’re not hooked up on sugar from the get go.

Once the bathroom breaks and nourishments have been tackled you want to get prepared with activities. Before your trip spend a little bit of time planning what your children might want to do during the journey. Whether it’s a new colouring book or their favourite film downloaded onto an electronic device, make sure you have a variety of activities lined-up to keep them entertained. Allow them regular breaks to stretch their legs and burn off some energy. Perhaps that could involve a quick walk down the aisle of a plane or train, or a pit stop when you fill up your petrol tank where they can have a quick run around. Tire them out in every which way possible and you might find yourself with an hour of peace when they nod off to sleep!

Stay-Cations

You know you want to get away with the family, but you’re not quite sure where to start. If you think it may be less stressful to stay in the country, rather than jetting off to hotter climates, you may need some assistance in planning a fun staycation. There are companies such as, NST group who can help you design your perfect family trip or tour. Whether it’s a nature trail or an action packed thrill-seeking adventure, they will have you covered. Take the stress away from planning each activity down to the last detail and let them do the hard work for you! You will have hundreds of options to choose from, so pick something to suit the whole family.

Awesome Abroad

If you fancy a little sunshine and think you can handle a lengthier journey then you can totally go abroad with minimal fuss. Check out the destination and resort you’re planning on heading to and make sure they’ve got plenty of kid-friendly fun so they don’t get bored. Often holiday resorts have a kid’s club, which can come in really handy if you want them to make some new friends and give yourself a break for a short time. With any hotter climate make sure you’re being over generous with sun lotion and water. Children are extremely sensitive to changes in their environment so protect them from the sun and keep them in the shade as often as you can.

So enjoy a fulfilling family vacation without the added stress. Make sure you know your destination inside out and plan your journeys with all the family in mind. You deserve a break and so do your kids, so you won’t ever need to worry about the little things going wrong any more. Relax, unwind and make memories with your loved ones!

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.

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