When planning a family holiday there are a lot of things to consider. The main one is the destination, that it will have enough things for you all to do, and a travel distance that will work for you all as well. But once you’ve decided your destination, and even booked the flights, what is there left to do? There are several things to remember before you get on the plane. Hopefully, this list will help you a you prepare if you have a family holiday coming in the next few months.
Do Your Research
To a certain extent, you will have done this already as you have decided where to fly to. But taking time to do plenty of research before you go can be really helpful. For some particularly touristy spots, it pays to book in advance for some attractions (think the Colosseum in Rome, for example). It can also help you to plan your days as some things might be closer to other attractions or sights. Restaurants are also a good idea to look up in advance, that or supermarkets anyway. If you have a specific diet, like vegan or gluten-free, then knowing some local spots to visit ahead of time can be really useful.
Travel insurance can give you such peace of mind when you’re away on holiday. We never know what might happen when we’re away, and natural disasters can strike at any time. So as soon as your flight is booked, you should be checking for travel insurance. If you travel quite a bit, then an annual policy from somewhere like insureandgo.com can be a good idea as it often works out cheaper than buying several single trip policies.
If you aren’t able to get a lift to the airport, then often driving and parking there yourself can be cheaper than getting a taxi. A site like parking4less.com will show you that there are several options too, from meet and greet to parking off-site. So you can work to your budget and what will also be the least stressful for you and your family.
Check Your Passports!
We’ve all heard of disasters where people have booked and paid for their holiday but then forgot to check the passports and then when it comes to the trip they’ve expired or got lost (and it happens more often than you think it would). So check your passports, allowing at least six months before the expiry date, to know that you won’t face any problems.
Prep Your Home
When you’re going to be away for a certain amount of time, days or weeks, it doesn’t matter, you need to make sure that your home is secure. Lock all windows and doors, and perhaps speak to a trusted neighbour or friend to keep an eye on it while you’re away. This can be especially useful to bring in the post or parcels that might get left outdoors. Then it looks like you’re still home.