10 Tips to Achieve The Ultimate Family Holiday
The holiday season is on its way and you're in the mood for an adventure. The essence of escaping the crowd and doing it in style is wrapped up in these tips, to help you have the best break you've had in years.
Consider Your Options
Before you book, consider exactly what you need for everyone in your family group. What will make your time that little bit special for everyone? If you want it then just ask because getting your best time away from home and generating the very best memories is definitely worth the effort.
Go Off The Beaten Track
Some of the most rural, tranquil, quiet, unique and special locations are completely off the beaten track. If you don't take the time to truly explore then you'll miss out on something special.
Know What You Want And Don't Want!
Selecting your location can be tricky, but consider carefully what you want from your holiday. If a packed location with stereos on full volume aren't your thing then you might want to avoid heading off towards a festival or busy town location.
It's The Journey As Well As The Destination
Your holiday starts the minute you leave your house. Enjoy taking your time and stop along the way to explore places of interest, visit unique shops, nip into vineyards, try farm shop produce and try out picnic stops.
Travel There In Style
There's nothing better than cruising towards your vacation in something fun while looking forward to your holiday. You can listen to your favourite music and play games along the way - Eye Spy is an old classic! It will make your holiday feel that little bit special as you drive along.
Plan Your Gear
Think in detail about the type of gear you want to take with you. Consider different culinary creations, roasting marshmallows on long sticks, gadgets to make your stay more exciting, stuff to test your map reading skills, all weather gear, welly boots and anything else for family activities in the open.
Do you want your slippers, a thermos, a retro blanket, your favourite jumper or thick socks. This is the time to think of all the options before you set off.
Vacations are not the time to cut back and not look after yourself. If you've wanted to try out that speciality bottle of wine or never to repeat treat, then now is the time to do it.
High-end comfort doesn't compromise and neither should you. If you need something to keep yourself comfortable during the day or night on your holiday then don't be afraid to pack it. Staying warm in feather-down coats, sleeping well with your favourite pillow or drinking well with your favourite coffee maker makes a difference.
Remember Your Cheeky Rations
Artisan crackers, local cheeses, luxury cakes, retro sweets and rich chocolates can all make a vacation one to remember and not easy to forget.
Think About Insects
Every now and again we can find ourselves irritated by tiny creatures. If you're one of those people who attracts mosquitos, midges and other insects by your over active pheromones, then now is the time to pack the repellents.
Psychology studies show that a blue and green outlook is restorative and calming, so if you want to truly rest and recharge then making your way to a forest or beach is a treat for your body and your soul. Take a picnic.
Create A Dreamy Space
It's amazing what an open fire, fairy lights, bunting, candle lights, tree swings, sheepskins and other rugs can do to make a place magical. If you have an idea then now's the time to try it out.
There are plenty of long walks and cycle rides for the family in good weather, but what about when it turns bad? That's when you need plenty of games and activities to keep the vibe restful. Having a treasure chest of ideas you can run to for those times in need can help avoid stressful family moments. So pack the swing ball, cricket set and pack of cards, and make some time for a beach treasure hunt or two.
If you are able to use a fire pit then getting the kids to build and light a fire can keep them occupied for hours, especially if you provide the marshmallows. Maybe afterwards you can use the opportunity to tell a few campfire stories and brew some spiced cider over the warmth of the flames.
Don't Cut Back On Quality
If you like a certain method of making coffee or enjoy a specialist tea, then a holiday is not the time to ignore those needs. Don't feel bad about the extra bag you've had to pack or a few more trips to the shops. If it's important to you then it's worth doing well.
Quality Tucker For The Soul
Food is the heart of any family and this should be transferred to the holiday environment as well. This means everyone should take charge of the meals as the regular cook needs a holiday too. The menu shouldn't be left unconsidered either.
Dining under the stars and around the campfire in the simplest of ways can also be invigorating. But if you want to go the extra mile, consider local seafood, baked breads, olive oil, wines, seasonal fruit and veg and other local artisan offerings. Cooking your food in the style of the area where you are staying is good eating, as well as inspiring gastronomy for the soul.
Not Just An Ordinary Tipple
We all like a tipple or two on holiday, but there's no reason why this should be dull. Have you considered bringing your own cocktail making kit? Even the simplest combinations could be talked about for years to come and you might even be able to come up with your own combination.
Get Back To Nature
It's good for our health, helps us re-set our sleep patterns and reduces our stress levels. What more reason do you need to go surfing, hiking, foraging, star-gazing, wild swimming and moving outdoors?
Enjoy Doing Nothing
If the rest of the family allow it, take a few minutes to do absolutely nothing. Watch the birds or simply enjoy the views, as a rare few moment of doing nothing is as much of a treat as an afternoon nap.
Study The Stars
Stargazing is such a treat when you are out in nature. Especially if it is a certain time of year when comets, shooting stars and planets are aligning. At the very least learn how to identify the North Star and lie on your back around the fire and talk about the Universe, UFO's and count anything that moves.