A family holiday is meant to be fun and relaxing. It is time for all family members to bond and learn more about each other. Problem is, planning a family holiday is not easy. For starters, you have to pick the destination. Once you settle on the destination, you have accommodation, insurance, air tickets and activities to pick.

Don’t forget about packing which is the most hectic moment for any family planning a holiday. To help you make light of this, we have compiled 7 tips to help you plan the perfect family holiday.

#1. Make a budget

Taking a holiday is not cheap. For starters, you have to cater for air tickets and other activities. To PLAN A FAMILY HOLIDAY, make a budget. For instance, if you are planning on holidaying in Dubai, take your time to research and find out how much will be spent.

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In your budget, make sure you set aside enough money for accommodation. Remember, having a comfortable base during your holiday saves time, money and ensures your holiday is pleasant.

#2. Choose the right holiday location

There are thousands of exotic places to visit around the world, from the Caribbean to Maldives and Seychelles among others. All these places have numerous attractions.

They include white sandy beaches, art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks. When choosing the best location, take into consideration the following factors:

Distance

Security

Age of family members (you don’t want to subject your baby to a 12-hour flight)

If you have a baby, we suggest an exotic location close to your home or country. For instance, if you reside in the US, you can holiday in Jamaica, Costa Rica or Hawaii.

#3.Safety

Today, security is of utmost importance. Every day, the media reports of terrorists attack somewhere in the world. As a family, it is important to learn if there are any travel advisories. To do so, check with the State Department or any other government agency.

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Taking into consideration the safety of your family ensures that you get to enjoy your holiday without worry of any attacks as you visit various attractions. If you choose to stay in a hotel, make sure the locks are electronic with keypad and pass cards. If you opt for a villa or a camping site, make sure security is available. Remember, plan a family holiday with security in mind.

#4.Select simple activities

When planning a holiday, a vast majority of families are excited at the number of activities they will get to do. Problem is, most of these activities are not located close to each other. For instance, if you and your family are planning on watching the wildebeest migration in East Africa, what you need to know is that the location is very remote.

You have to organize with local tour operators to arrive at the location. The journey is not easy if you have a baby. So, to ensure the whole family enjoys the holiday, choose simple activities like a walk on the beach or a visit to a theme park.

#5. Use smart packing techniques

A lot of families end up with a lot of luggage when traveling which means added luggage fees. This is expensive. To avoid carrying a lot of luggage to your holiday destination, employ smart packing techniques. For instance, stuff clothing items such as socks, T-shirts and inner garments in the shoes.

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This will save space and also, you don’t have to bring everything. For important documents such as air tickets, passports, traveler’s checks, and others, store them in your carry on.

#6. Select the best entertainment

As you already know, a bored child is an unhappy one. To ensure your kids are entertained during your travels, select the best entertainment. A few things to pack include:

Tablets (load it with games, audiobooks, and movies)

Pack of cards

Books

Puzzles

Music

#7.Pack the essentials

There are items which you cannot leave behind. These items are crucial in making your holiday comfortable and enjoyable. Such essential items include:

Phone charges and adaptors

Baby wipes

Sun cream

Medication

Bug repellent (comes in handy if you are packing)

Towels (for the beach)

First aid kit

Final Thoughts

There you have it. The top 7 tips for planning the perfect holiday. Remember, when it comes to family travel, security and safety are of utmost importance. Don’t take a chance.