When it comes to taking trips, most people’s number one priority is to create great memories for themselves and for their families. Here are some top tips on trips you could take with your family that you’ll all remember forever.
A City Break
When you hear the words ‘a city break’, you may not think it’s the kind of trip that you should take your kids on. That phrase conjures up images of trips to Paris with old boyfriends, wandering around Rome with your best friend and a trusty guidebook. But the truth is that taking your kids to cities abroad is the best way to show them what the world is really like, and the best way to open their minds to all the beauty and culture that’s out there.
You just need to bear in mind that the trip will absolutely be different than if there were only adults going on it. You will need to carefully regulate your time so that you stop for meals at regular intervals and your children’s usual daily routines aren’t interrupted too much. You may also find that you shouldn’t devote quite as much time to activities like looking around art galleries and old churches that you would if it was an adults-only trip.
But you may find that having your kids around makes your trip more fun than it would otherwise be – you’ll spend time sitting at cafes while they happily slurp down milkshakes and you can watch the world go by, and you might just go to a few great playgrounds where you can spend some time blending in with Parisians. Look for child-friendly activities, but trust your children to get something out of outings that aren’t geared directly towards them.
Take A Cruise
There are few holidays that are quite as relaxing as going on a cruise. Work is exhausting, life is tiring, so a cruise is often a great way to unwind while exploring various cities. You can take in some winter sun while cruising around Mexico, but there are also cruise holidays that are a little wilder. For instance, you could take in the glorious scenery of the Norwegian fjords, or go to other parts of Scandinavia and Russia. The great thing about cruises is that essentially everything is done for you – you don’t have to worry about organising day trips, you don’t have to spend time doing household chores, you don’t have to buy lunch or dinner or look up restaurants where you can go. The activities are there, the excellent cuisine is there, there are pools where your kids can splash around, there are areas where you can relax and get stuck into your book, there are day trips you can participate in so you can get a good grasp of the areas you’re travelling through. There is no better way to shake off your everyday stresses than by going on a cruise.
What About A Road Trip?
There are few holidays that are more fun than a road trip. Admittedly, being stuck in a car with small children and your increasingly more fractious partner as he tries to figure out a French ring road using a map with more than one hole in might not sound like much fun, but those moments will only make up an extremely small percentage of the trip. Make sure that you have a destination in mind before you set off on your road trip – for instance, a few days on the beach in the south of France – but other than that, you can take your time, thoroughly explore small towns that you pass through, partake in local food, and sing along to countless renditions of The Lion King on your car stereo.
The best thing about taking a road trip is the feeling of freedom that it gives you. Your car enables you to go wherever you like – if you love metropolitan areas you can go to cities, but if not you can stick to picturesque back roads and small bed and breakfasts. Just make sure you pack plenty of activities and snacks for your kids in the back seat!
Try Out Camping
One of the best trips that any family can take is camping. When you think of camping, you may envisage a slightly leaky tent and lying in a sleeping bag that smells like your grandad’s garden shed, and having to go to the toilet in the nearby woods, but the truth is that these days, camping is much more swanky than that.
Nobody’s saying that you need to go ‘glamping’ instead and stay in a yurt, but most campsites have a lot of great facilities and excellent showers along with activities that you can all take part in during the evenings, and good restaurants where you can have a hearty meal. You may stay in a small chalet or a mobile home or caravan instead of a tent, and you can often rent supplies like a camping stove and mats to make sure you have a great night’s sleep before the next day’s adventures. The great thing about camping is that you can explore the outdoors and it’s super flexible – if you don’t particularly like the area you’re staying in, it’s easy to pack up, hop in your car and move to a different campsite.
Campsites are extremely sociable places, meaning that your kids will be able to make pals with other families and you might find other parents that you get along with. Camping together is cost-effective and it also means that you’ll be spending some great quality time together, playing board games, exploring the local area, and having plenty of giggles. If you find that you really love it, you could always invest in a caravan or an RV so that you can go camping whenever you like in the future.
These holiday ideas will ensure that you and your family have the time of your lives on your trip. Whether you decide to splash out on a cruise or you’d rather cram yourselves in a car to drive up to camp in the Highlands, one thing is true: you’ll have priceless memories that you’ll always enjoy looking back on.