A family trip is always such a heart-warming idea. With our lives being so busy and people moving to different places around the country, a good old family get-away is the perfect chance to get all generations together, reconnect, and enjoy unforgettable moments together. Here are some tips to help your organisational process.
1 – Book ahead
Get the best deals and most venue choices by booking as far ahead as possible. This will enable you to really find your dream venue with all the facilities you need for an affordable price.
2 – Choose your venue
Make sure that there is a big enough space to enjoy being together and dining. Check that the bedroom configuration meets the needs of everyone in your extended family or group. Is the kitchen big enough to cook for all and the dining room spacious enough so you can have long family dinners all together? Also, make sure that your venues also has facilities for your kids. Most of our Party Houses come with X-box snugs, games rooms, and lots of private gardens where they can play safely.
It is harder travelling with kids, so consider venues that are not too far away by filtering your search based on location and have facilities also for them.
3 – Helpful Accessories
You have so much to pack when travelling with children! A little help goes a long way. Check that your venue can provide highchairs, cots, baby baths, little stools so youngsters can reach the bathroom sink etc. Most of our venues can provide all of this for you but need to be informed ahead of time so everything can be accommodated according to your wishes.
4 – Plan things to do in advance of travelling
Check out that there are activities close to your venue that you want. At Party Houses, we can help with lots of ideas, including for family-friendly free days out. We’ll also send you a useful information pack before arrival to inspire you with some local sights and activities to enjoy during your stay. Don’t forget to ask your children for their input. They will love giving their ideas and enjoy their holiday even more.
5 – Involve other guests
Do consider your other guests, before booking, agree how to share tasks (such as babysitting), who pays for what and how much time you want to spend together (plus what sort of activities you would want to share).
6 – Delegate
Group holidays are far more fun if you can share the work. Allocate someone to research venues, someone else to be treasurer, yet another to organise activities or buy food, etc.
7 – Plan some treats
Children can get tired easily and we all know that tired equals teary! Plan your holiday so they have some downtime (maybe an hour of their favourite DVD). Routines often change on holiday, so pack some snacks to keep them going through a long day, or to distract them when you check in or want to pack to leave.
8 – Keep the children comfortable
For very small children, pack something familiar – their own blanket or bedding, bowl and spoon and favourite book or toy. For older kids let them bring their iPad or favourite game. They really are unlikely to want to spend all their waking hours talking to their great aunty, however lovely she is!
Also, remember to take with you any medicines and a first aid kit for those little emergencies.
9 – Plan your journey
Try to avoid peak time traffic. Check AA Roadwatch before leaving to see any holdups in live time. Consider leaving just after a meal and plan plenty of breaks (but try not to stop when the children have fallen asleep). For those being potty trained, pack some “Piddle Pads’ seat liners to protect from en-route accidents.
10 – Treat yourself
Remember that you can have a brilliant time too – so why not book a spa treatment to come to your chosen family friendly Party House? Or invite in a Chef? Or have a barrel of ale delivered? Not just your kids but also you and other adults deserve a treat for a memorable and relaxing stay!