We all know that once you have kids, planning your holiday in advance is a must. You can’t just go adventuring through the world as you did when you were younger and single. You need to take care of every detail in order to have a safe trip and make sure your family will enjoy the holiday without any issue or drama. Here’s a small guide of what to do before leaving for a perfect holiday with your family.
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1. Create an itinerary
As already mentioned, it is not safe and appropriate to leave without a plan and an itinerary if you travel with children. You won’t be able to do all the things you did when you travelled alone, you won’t be able to visit all the main attractions of a city in one day. You not only have to slow down, you also need to check, whether your destination and its attractions are kid-friendly or not. So, choose carefully where you want to go, what you want to do, what you want to see and create an itinerary. Before leaving, make a list of all those places and check for transportations, shops, toilets and restaurants nearby.
2. Booking accommodation
After deciding where you want to go, you need to start thinking about where to sleep. Once again, children are the priority. You cannot just arrive and then look for a place to stay. Maybe you have done this before, but this should not be the case if you are travelling with your kids. They may be tired, annoyed or hungry after the journey and all you need to do in that moment is to take them to a nice room and have a little rest, not run around the city in search of suitable accommodation. Central locations are the best choice as well as family-friendly features such as baby-proof rooms with cribs or rollway beds, a kid-friendly restaurant and organized activities for kids. In my opinion, Florence is a perfect family holiday destination, as it is rather small, but has a lot of things to see and to keep young and adults entertained. Should you be actually interested in visiting Florence, you can find accommodation options directly online on websites like http://www.venere.com/italy/florence/, that allow you to make a search based on location or address and to take a look at reliable reviews written by guest who already stayed there with kids.
3. Booking transportation
Choosing a mode of transportation is not as easy as it seems with children. Try to avoid air travel if you have very young children – unless you really have to – as it can cause you delays and extra stress. It is preferable to travel by car or train. A car ride allows you to stop multiple times to stretch your legs and distract the kids throughout the journey, while trains allow you to relax and they usually stop in the city centre. Book your train tickets in advance and choose seats carefully for a smooth journey.
4. Expect the Unexpected
When you travel with kids, you always need to be alert and expect the unexpected. Bring all the things your kids might need during the trip with you in your bags: toys and books, sunscreen, extra clothes and comfortable shoes for the kids and yourself, medicines and extra snacks. Don’t get discouraged, the best part is just about to begin!