The miserable, dark days of winter are a great time to start thinking about and planning for your summer holiday, so if you haven’t given it much thought yet, now is the perfect time to get started. Booking well in advance can get you some good deals in many cases, and the availability will be better the earlier you book. Plus of course, it’s nice to be planning for a summer break when it’s cold and wet outside!
How to plan your holiday
There are a number of key factors you need to consider when planning your holiday, for example:
- Your budget
- Type of holiday
- Ages of children
- Time of year
- Who’s going
- How long you want to be away
- Do you need documentation
- Transport options
- House security when you’re away
- Pet and plant care when you’re away
The best way to get started is to sit down with a laptop or a pen and paper and tackle each factor in turn. This gives you time to have a look at all the options and find one you all agree on. It’s not always easy to match your available timeframe and budget to the desires of your kids, so starting early gives you the best chance of reaching an agreement in good time.
The earlier you agree on when and where you want to go, the more time it gives you to sort out care arrangements for your home and pets, book time off work, and get your transport sorted out.
Holidays that are best for families
Adults and children often have diverse interests, and if the whole family is going to enjoy the trip, everyone’s wishes need to be taken into consideration.
Holidays near the beach are often one of the best choices. Smaller children get to build sandcastles, play in the waves, and explore some rockpools for sea-dwelling wildlife, while older members of the family can join in the fun, or simply doze in the shade while the others play.
If you want to find out more about holidays on or near the coast, have a look at the Coast Radar website, which is packed with information on all the beaches in the UK.
Good old-fashioned holiday parks are sure to keep the kids entertained, but if that style of holiday doesn’t appeal to the grown-ups, there’s always the option of the modern family park experience, as typified by Center Parcs.
On these types of holidays, you get to enjoy living in lodges or chalets, often in and amongst nature, while having plenty of family-oriented activities and entertainments on site.
To avoid the stress and strain of making last minute preparations, get planning for next year’s summer holiday now. Slowly but surely brainstorm ideas and get organised, and you’ll prevent a stressful last minute rush to book something later down the line. It may seem like a long way off, but your summer holiday will be here before you know it. Then you can relax and look forward to your well-earned break.