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How to Make Your Family Holiday Stress Free

I don’t know about you, but our family is in serious need of a holiday sometime soon. Living through lockdown has been stressful for everyone, and while I have enjoyed the extra time at home with my family, a change of scenery is something that we are sorely craving right now. We’ve been thinking forward to a time when we’ll be able to get away and some of the organisational things that we can do in advance to make any trip we do take stress free, so I thought I would share some of these ideas with you today in case you are in the process of organising your own family vacation.

Transportation

If you’re going abroad you’re obviously going to be booking flights, boats, trains or whatever type of transport that you’re going to use to get to your main destination. However, there are also the shorter trips that you need to think about, such as getting yourselves to the airport in the first place. If you aren’t lucky enough to have friends or family who will drop you at the airport, booking a professional car hire such as Inverness Airport Taxi Service will ensure that you get to the right terminal in plenty of time to make your flight.

Seating

Something which is a massive bug bear for me, these days, is that so many airlines no longer automatically place families together in blocks of seats by default. In the past year or so I’ve read many stories about people getting to the airport only to discover that families of four will all have different seats dotted around the aeroplane! When you book your flight, make sure you check to see if there are extra steps you need to take to ensure that you are all sitting together, and when you actually check in for your flight on the day that you travel double check with staff also. 

Relaxation

Learn to go with the flow. We all have ideas of what we want to see and do at a location, but planning every single event if your family holiday down to the minute keeps you worrying about the time instead of enjoying what is right in front of you. Take a moment and relax knowing that you will see what you have time for and that shoving everything into one itemised, minute-by-minute itinerary is just going to put more stress on your supposed stress-free holiday.

Research 

When embarking on a family holiday, it is and always will be a good idea to do as much research as you can about your destination: Look into everything from public transportation, restaurant options, cab estimates, and visa requirements. The more you know before you leave, the better, especially if you’re travelling with kids. It’s also super important if you’re self-catering as you’ll need to know where to get your supplies once you reach your destination. 

Packing

I’m well aware that packing light when you’ve got kids in tow might seem impossible, but I cannot tell you how many times I’ve completely overpacked and ended up regretting it. While there’s always a temptation to take everything with you but the kitchen sink, be realistic. Your kids are probably going to spend 75% of their time in swimwear and while the thought of leaving behind the home comforts which make your life easier may be daunting, it can be really freeing to leave it all at home.

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