Tips for a stress-free family holiday

  • December 17, 2018

You have been saving all year for that amazing holiday, everyone’s burnt out from school and work routines, and expectations are high for a good time! You all need this. The pressure is on. But what if the weather is bad? What if little Tommy is still teething? Whilst there are some things us parents can’t control, there are some steps we can take to almost guarantee a stress-free family holiday.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post with Villa Plus and this post also appears in their brochure. I have been compensated for my time. However, as always, these are all my own words and opinions. 

Self-catering accommodation

This gives you the freedom to eat what you want, when you want, and the kids aren’t forced to sit at a table waiting for their food to arrive. If you opt for a villa / holiday-home, it also means that there is a separate space for parents to relax when kids are sleeping (spending an evening scrolling through your phone in a dark hotel room is not really what holidays are for). Plus, many villas come with the bonus of a washing machine, therefore cutting down on your packing.

Villas are a great way to get a big group of friends and family together for a holiday, and I love the look of these large villas from Villa Plus.

Go with the flow

Allow the routines of home-life to slip as much as you want. You don’t want to be fighting bedtimes or rushing to get back for mealtimes (although ensure you always have lots of snacks to hand).

Don’t do too much

New places, people and cultures can be a sensory overload for little minds. Don’t try and cram too much into your day. Otherwise you may end up with grouchy, stroppy, overtired kids… and parents.

Remember it’s your holiday too

My kids love playing in the water, especially if there’s a swimming pool with lots of slides. I personally find these days the most exhausting on holiday as my boys are too young to be left unaccompanied. Don’t forget it’s your holiday too! So allow for a cultural day too, with perhaps a little kids activity thrown in. Or even better, get your partner to watch the kids whilst you pop to the spa! Just make sure you return the favour.

Loire with kids

Don’t pack loads of toys

We all know that most toys have a novelty value of two minutes. I always pack a small bag of crafts (pens, scissors, coloured and plain paper, glue), a small box of Lego, and their tablets (loaded with all their fave games and TV shows), then throw in a dinosaur or two.

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Blog Comments

I totally agree – having the space and flexibility of a villa makes such a huge difference when you’re travelling with kids, especially when they’re little. My daughter’s first holiday was to a villa, aged three months and the washing machine came in VERY handy! 😀

The washing machine is ALWAYS a bonus isn’t it? We always found eating out with our boys in restaurants such a challenge when they were younger (and still sometimes do) – so we love the self-catering aspect of a villa. 🙂

I think this is sound advice for anyone. Having your own villa/apartment/cottage gives you space to relax and to not go out if you don’t feel like it. Also eat when and what you want, without the temptation to over eat because it’s a hotel and you’ve paid for it anyway.

Fabulous tips – I’ve fallen foul of packing too many toys in the past and completely agree, a couple of dinosaurs is more than enough – kids will play with anything and there is plenty to choose from in their new surroundings. Plus I find in Europe, they are often given little toys at the end of dinner too x

You’re so right about the need for toys that last longer than five minutes. We always try and have a stash of drawing materials to hand. Enormous sticker books are a winner, too!

Indeed, holidays are for us, for our family,friends and for you too. So remember to enjoy every moment with it. And stress is inevitable, we really cant avoid stress during or after holidays. But the most important thing is we go to spent holidays with our loved ones and that’s enough.

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