The dos and don’ts of a family leisure break

30 April 2018

At the time of writing, the UK weather is doing its level best to prevent us all from considering booking a staycation, but in reality, the warmer weather should (surely) be on the way soon.

With that in mind, it’s probably wise to start getting your head into gear about how you can best enjoy time with the whole family while on holiday in the UK.

As with everything family-related, proper planning will almost certainly prevent a missed opportunity to spend quality time with one another, so here’s our favourite dos and don’ts for your next family leisure break:

Do accept it won’t all be a holiday

Holidaying with the family isn’t always plain sailing. Depending on the age of your kids, you’ll always encounter the odd tantrum or complaint about being ‘bored’.

If you go into your next holiday with the mindset that, occasionally, it won’t be a holiday, you won’t feel quite as aggrieved when something goes awry.

Don’t expect the traffic to be on your side

The UK roads are very congested during the summer months - particularly if you’re travelling during school holidays.

There’s nothing you can do about this, so it makes sense to simply go with the flow. Like our first tip above - if you go into this with the right mindset (i.e. you probably will get stuck in traffic en route and on return), those traffic jams won’t be quite as painful.

Do schedule in some ‘me time’

Ok, so this isn’t particularly easy if you’re holidaying with a young family, but time to yourself during a holiday is vitally important.

Even if it’s just a solitary dog walk or trip to the hotel gym, make sure you take that time out, and remind everyone else they can (and should) do the same.

Don’t throw caution to the wind

You can’t really wing a family leisure break. It needs preparation, thought and provision for disasters.

That might all sound a bit dramatic, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with having plenty of adventures, but a level head is needed when it comes to planning.

And if that sounds rather boring, you’ll almost certainly end up having more fun as a result!

Do take loads of photos

We’re lucky enough these days to have fabulous cameras nestled within our smartphones, therefore it would be daft to miss out on the opportunity to capture the best bits of your family leisure break.

Just don’t get too phone-happy; remember to live ‘in’ the moment, too!

Don’t forget the budget

Another boring one, unfortunately, but maintaining a loose budget for your holiday is really important.

When you’re in the throws of having fun with the family, it’s easy to inadvertently overspend, and the last thing you’ll want is to return to a huge credit card bill.

So, set a budget that will enable you to do all the things you want to do, but promise yourself you won’t overstretch it.

And finally… Do plan your excursions

The idea of waking up each morning with no plan for the day might sound like the world will be your oyster, but if you’ve had any experience of doing that in the past with a family, you’ll know it usually results in arguments.

Even worse, you may end up doing nothing at all if you can’t agree!

Avoid this by planning your excursions before you leave. Involve everyone so that no one is left out when it comes to picking a place or attraction to visit.

Most of all - enjoy your leisure break! Follow our tips above, and it will be the holiday everyone wants it to be.

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