Tips for Taking Your Children on their First Holiday Abroad
Craving a chance to get away?
Of course you are, and though, as I write this, there is little chance of going anywhere anytime soon, what better way to get through this horrid time than to plan what you will do when freedom of movement returns. I know some people who will never even consider taking their children abroad, in the belief that it is somehow too dangerous or too difficult. It’s a point of view I cannot agree with. It may not be as straightforward as trip to a Center Parcs, but it’s an educational and enriching experience which you and your children will always treasure. So, get stuck into the research and start planning for that much deserved adventure.
Long haul or short?
Are you tempted to go somewhere really different, really exotic, maybe somewhere like South East Asia? It is of course perfectly possible. The long- haul flight is a challenge, especially with small children and you may need to take precautions with health and hygiene but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a great time and of course you will make big savings on day-to day expenses. The thing is, if this is their first trip abroad, do you really need to fly half-way around the world to achieve that wow factor? A short hop to a European country will give your children just as much of an experience of a different culture without the long journey.
Hotel or self-catering?
An all-inclusive hotel deal is very appealing isn’t it? The children can have as many snacks as they want, there’ll be a great range of facilities and plenty of kids’ clubs. There will also be a lot of other people, which may or may not be a good thing. An alternative option is to hire a villa.
Say that you decide on a popular destination, just a short flight from the U.K., such as the Algarve. Choosing to go self-catering would enable you to get away from the crowds and find somewhere that you and your family can just enjoy being together. You can eat out when you want or shop at the local market and cook together; you can hire a car and take a day trip, or you can chill by your pool.
It pays to plan
Once you have decided on your location, make a plan of the things that you want to do. Most cities have cards which enable you to travel on public transport and gain access to museums and activities. Buying this sort of card in advance will save you time and money. Make sure that no-one’s passport is about to expire, now that the U.K. is not part of the E.U. you need to have at least six months left on the life of your passport. If you are visiting Europe, you will need a GHIC card which replaces the EHIC card and which will give you access to health care. You should of course also ensure that you have appropriate travel insurance, particularly if you intend to take part in any sporting activities.
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