Parents, alert! It’s easy to fall into common tourist mindset traps, but this often leaves you feeling drained instead of relaxed after a family holiday. To make the most out of your next vacation, make sure you DO NOT:
Leave everything to chance
It’s important, especially when travelling with kids, to ensure that you plan as many details of your trip as possible. Leaving things to chance is asking for trouble. For example, even though everything has an e-receipt now, you should still keep hard copies of your flight tickets and hotel bookings with you. It’s also important to ensure that you and your family are adequately insured – and what your provider’s international hotline numbers are for emergencies.
It’s also important to anticipate any issues that may happen during your trip. That means bringing a medicine bag in case anyone gets sick, snacks for when you can’t find any decent food nearby, and games that kids can play when there’s a transportation delay.
Pack more than you need
It’s important to fight the urge to bring everything the kids may (or may not) need. It may be best to leave cumbersome items at home in order to avoid lugging a heavy suitcase around. It’s also a good idea find out if you can rent big items like strollers at your destination.
It’s also a good to pack a second hand carry bag that’s just for the kids. That will allow you to pack all of the food, toys, or books that they might need, and also give you easy access without having to look through your own possessions.
Spend without a budget
You don’t want to receive a shocking credit card bill a month after a holiday. It’s easy to overspend when you’re swept up in having fun, and especially when you’re treating your kids to souvenirs and other mementos. Have a daily budget planned out, with room to splurge if there’s a special reason.
It would also be good to do a tally of your spending at the end of the day. If you’ve managed to stay under-budget, you can always use the extra money the next day to do something fun.
Queue for every single attraction
You’ll exhaust yourself if you try to visit every single “must-see” location in a guidebook. The best thing you can do is spend some time researching about your destination before holiday, and choose the sites that you and your family will enjoy the most. If you want to be fair, put it to a vote. One day, you can go visit things you want to see, and on other days your spouse or kids can choose the itinerary.
Run on little to no sleep
You might be tempted to make the most of your holiday by staying up late and waking up early. However, pushing yourself too hard isn’t a sustainable strategy for the entire holiday. While it’s okay to sleep slightly later than back home, set ground rules and still have a reasonable bedtime. Doing so will help avoid fatigue, and keep your kids’ tantrums in check.
Remember, holidays are meant to be restful too! You shouldn’t come back to work feeling like a zombie. Good planning, plus coverage that gives you peace of mind, will ensure that you have a fulfilling and memorably holiday.