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5 tips for planning your first family holiday

Your first holiday as a family should be one of those moments you remember for the rest of your life. You will make incredible memories, have new and unfamiliar experiences, and strengthen your bonds with one another. You want your two weeks abroad to be an island of peace and joy in the midst of a chaotic world.

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But planning a trip, especially with young children in tow, can be incredibly stressful. There is so much to think about when booking, not to mention the financial cost of your holiday. You need to organise everything from accommodation and flights to foreign currencies and understanding local train timetables. All this stress can sap some of the enjoyment out of the process.

To help you stay sane while planning your dream holiday, here are some tips that will make your life a little easier.

Start planning your first family holiday early

The sooner you start making preparations for your trip, the more relaxed you will feel as the time approaches. Get a head start on booking flights, hotels, and activities right now. Not only will you be able to tick these tasks off your to-do list, but by booking early you can also save yourself a great deal of money. If you leave everything until the last minute, you risk having fewer options to choose from and being blindsided by unexpected disasters.

Save up before your family holiday

Holidays are always expensive, and the sheer dread of this financial expense can be overwhelming. Make sure to save up in the months leading up to your trip, ensuring it will put less of a dent in your budget. Limit all other unnecessary expenses, whether that’s pausing your streaming service subscriptions or skipping your gym membership for running in your local park. Having a holiday pot into which you put aside a chunk of your disposable income each month will allow you to take the financial hit more comfortably and enjoy your holiday without worrying about the expense.

Create an itinerary

When you have multiple travel connections and a week of activities planned, it can be hard to keep track of everything. Create a detailed itinerary for each day of your trip and you will feel a lot more organised.

Plan some downtime

It’s understandable you want to cram as much fun into your holiday as possible, but it’s important to include some downtime as well. You don’t want to spend the duration rushing around and feeling stressed. Schedule in some relaxation, whether that’s sitting on a beach, lounging by the pool, or just wandering aimlessly around a beautiful city.

Consider using a travel provider

Using a travel provider, such as Ocean Florida, can take a great deal of stress away from the holiday planning process. They will be able to organise the flights, accommodation, and a selection of fun, exciting activities for you and your family to enjoy, Although you may have to pay a little extra for this service, they will be able to find you great deals on hotels and other expenses. 

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