It’s a fact, some of the best childhood memories come from family vacations. From building giant sandcastles to splashing around in the sea, collecting shells or exploring woodlands with wide-eyed kids gazing at the new scenery, a vacation with the kids is an unbeatable experience. And that’s why we’re here to help you plan your best-ever family vacation. We understand the importance of finding the perfect accommodation, and luckily we have every type of accommodation you could possibly want, from all-inclusive resorts where you can kick back and relax, through to campsites in stunning locations and comfortable home rentals where you and the family can spread out and have your own private space. Here are our top tips for family holiday and traveling with kids:
Keeping to a Budget
If you’re looking to keep your trip to a budget, camping is a good option to keep costs low. Campgrounds can range from beautiful campgrounds in natural surroundings, such as the epic Yellowstone Park, through to large camp resorts with several pools to splash around in southern Spain. Camping is a great, kid-friendly option as you can camp out under the stars, roast marshmallows and tell stories. Campgrounds are often well-equipped with child-friendly pools, shops for food supplies and amenities.
Home From Home
If you want to create a vacation that’s a ‘home- from-home’, it’s a great idea to consider a home rental. Do some research and find your ideal home rental, from cute cottages through to large houses with pools and barbeques, or even simple beach huts with amazing sea-views. Home rentals are a great option as it means you and your family can spread out and have total privacy. You can enjoy the use of a communal living room and outside areas, such as gardens or terraces. It’s also much more cost effective to book a home rental than book several hotel rooms. Plus, being in a home rental means that you can cook your own food, which is great for saving money as if you’re staying in a hotel, the price of eating out can really rack up.
All-inclusive-resorts are a great way for you to kick back and relax. Many parents choose this as an option as it means you can take a break from cooking, cleaning and organizing activities, and let the resort do it all for you. Many resorts are kid-friendly, with children’s pools, fun afternoon activities (such as workshops, beach games, sports and music shows) and there’s often early-evening entertainment that’s enjoyable for the whole family. With food and drinks on tap, you won’t have a care in the world and you can return from your vacation feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Going Abroad or Staying in the Country
For many families, it’s nice and easy to stay in the country for your vacation. You can drive to your vacation destination, bring a car seat for the little ones and use the car trunk as your main storage for suitcases, small bags, and little bits and pieces. From camping out in the forests, through to playing in swimming pools, visiting amusement parks and seeing new animals and plants, there’s so much fun to be had.
Some families may want to mix things up and travel internationally. This is great if you’ve got the travel bug and want to experience a new culture and introduce your children to the big, wide world. It can be hard to please all members of the family on a vacation and you’ll need to plan a trip that offers something for everyone. From exploring Costa Rica’s lush, green rainforests, where you and the kids can see sloths, colorful birds and butterflies, walk above the forest canopy, swim in waterfalls and kayak, to hopping on a short plane to Mexico’s Yucatan, where you can unwind on tropical beaches while the kids play in the sand.
For more first-hand advice from a traveling family, check out The Barefoot Nomad.
What to Pack
Whether you choose to stay on home ground or head abroad, you’ll need to make a packing list and be prepared. Young travelers certainly need a lot of stuff, from diapers to changing equipment to toys and wet wipes. Check out what to pack when traveling with a baby or use this checklist for traveling with kids of all ages.
If you leave something at home, try not to worry too much. It’s easy to pick up supplies on the road and if you’re traveling abroad most family-friendly destinations have everything you might need. Just be sure to bring the kids’ favorite toys to minimize any upset.