It’s true that your holidays change when you have children, but becoming a parent doesn’t mean you have to stop travelling — you just need a different approach. Make plans, slow down the pace, and pick your activities carefully. Here are three perfect travel ideas for families.
Hit the Beach
A tried-and-tested classic, the beach holiday is a staple for many families and it’s not difficult to see why.
Kids can have hours of fun building sand castles, playing games, and burying relatives in the sand (or being buried themselves — there’s a lot to be said for making a mermaid tail), plus everyone will appreciate the sunshine.
Choose a beach with shallow water and gentle waves, and your little ones will also be able to splash around and go paddling.
How to have the best beach break:
- Head down early, before the crowds arrive.
- Make sure everyone wears an SPF of 30, minimum. Reapply every two hours and after swimming/paddling.
- Bring some shade — umbrellas are easy to pack, or you could buy a fold-away tent (these are also handy for naps).
Explore a new city
City breaks are easy to pull off when you have children. There’s always something to do, so you’re less likely to hear complaints of ‘I’m bored!’ while you’re out and about.
Many museums have interactive exhibits or activities for kids, so you can still get a taste of the city’s culture, and there are often parks where they can let off steam.
It’s also worth searching online to see if there are any treasure trails; they’re a fun way to get to know the area and you can complete them at your own pace.
How to have the best city break:
- Rent a city apartment instead a hotel room. There’ll be more space and you’ll be less likely to disturb the neighbours.
- Teach your children about the city before you arrive. They’ll be less unsettled if they have an idea of what the people and food are like (and it’s fun to tell them about the local history).
Admire the beauty of a national park
If your family loves the great outdoors, you can’t beat a holiday in a National Park. These areas of protected countryside are clean and offer stunning views of the natural world.
You can visit one in your home country, or journey abroad and explore further afield. If you’re pregnant or have very young children, it’s best to stick to a staycation at first. (Holidaysafe also note that you need to avoid activities which could result in bumps or falls.) Fortunately, the UK has 15 national parks: 10 in England, 3 in Wales, and 2 in Scotland.
Enjoy the fresh air as you take gentle strolls, set off on bike and boat rides, and dine on delicious local farm produce.
How to have the best national park holiday:
- Give your children each a disposable camera and encourage them to take pictures of interesting things they see.
- If you want to go camping, do a test-run in your back garden first, just in case your children don’t enjoy it.
*This is a collaborative post.