There’s a very important word in the title of this post: “family”. A family vacation is a holiday for the whole family. And that means listening to the kids when you start to plan it.
Getting your children involved in the decision making process makes it more likely that the family holiday will be a success. They’ll feel that they have had a say in where you go and what you do, which makes it much less likely that they will play up or get bored when you get there. And of course when you let the kids help you choose, you’ll probably end up going somewhere fun, where there are facilities for entertaining children and giving the adults some free time to have fun of their own.
Christmas is a particular child-oriented time of year. To make the most of your family, again, listen to what they think about Christmas and what they would like to do to celebrate it. While you might think that the perfect festive experience is a bottle of wine and a black and white movie, it’s unlikely that your children have the same idea!
When you put your heads together as a family, you’ll come up with all sorts of activities that have an appeal for everyone. And once you’ve done that, you can start looking for Christmas vacations that include opportunities for doing these kinds of things. Look for places that encourage lots of outdoors activities. Kids are full of energy even when they have just eaten Christmas dinner, and that means finding outlets for the energy to prevent it being expended in fits of hyperactivity or sulking.
You will need to find some kind of balance between the wishes of your children and your own needs, naturally – and you will also have to juggle what the kids want with the reality of your situation. Set your budget carefully and involve the children in the decision making process in the right way – by giving them a selection of options that you and your partner have already pre-vetted for suitability and affordability.
This way, you can’t run the risk of denying the children’s wishes – which is what invariably happens when you consult them before you have had a chance to research potential destinations for yourself.
Researching those destinations can be an extremely time consuming job – there are literally thousands of places you could go, and each place has hundreds of different places to stay and things to do attached to it. It can often be a good idea to make use of the services of a travel agency, which will already have pre-defined packages that you can play with – and which will also have the expert knowledge required to get some options together that suit a whole family.
Ask your travel agent to recommend a selection for child-friendly Christmas vacations that fall within your budget. Then you can take those choices home and spend a fun family evening weighing up the pros and cons of each – that’ll really get you all into the Christmas spirit!
I’m sure you are already aware that when you have more than one child, you are likely to get multiple views on where to go and what to do. The trick (as again you probably already understand) is to make sure each child has at least one desire satisfied. Compromise where necessary and you will be able to develop a family Christmas vacation package that really is for everyone – leading to a varied, fun and affordable break for you all.
About The Author:
The above article is written and composed be Briteny Danila who is associated with many travel and living communities as their freelance and staff writer. She writes articles in her free time which are related to Golf Holidays, exotic vacation plans etc.