Spring is here. In a few months it will be time for the family vacation. Now is a good time to book, if you haven’t done so already. It’s also a good time to plan ahead and look at the kind of activities the whole family can enjoy.
When planning your family summer adventures, think about each member. What are their interests? Do they have similar hobbies or are they very different? Try to include something for everyone.
Organising pursuits ahead of time is a good idea, especially if you need to hire equipment. Some holidays may include this part of the package. If you’re going self-catering and are planning everything yourself, it’s a good idea to do a little advance research.
Walking is something that can be enjoyed at most destinations. If you’re intending on embarking on more than a gentle stroll, there are a few things to take into consideration. Make sure you pack walking boots and rucksacks. Try to wear walking shoes before you go away. This will avoid painful blisters during the holiday. Rucksacks or light bags that can be slung over the shoulder won’t get in the way when you’re walking.
Check some routes ahead of time and make sure you pack enough food and water for the day. Make sure you’re fully aware of any safety issues such as tide times and terrain etc.
Cycling is a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. If you’re travelling abroad, then it’s likely that you will need to hire bikes and equipment. Book this in advance to avoid disappointment. Check with the provider as to exactly what is provided. Make sure it includes helmets and other safety equipment.
You will also need to become familiar with routes before setting off. Make sure they are suitable for the whole family, especially if you have young children.
When packing, remember to include clothing suitable for this activity. Click here for detailed information on cycling with your family.
There are lots of different water sports to enjoy with the family. For example, swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and canoeing. Choose sports that are suitable for everyone. Safety will be key and so check with providers regarding provisions. Find out about booking procedures and if necessary, book in advance.
It isn’t all about being active during your holiday. Remember to factor in some relaxation. Enjoy time by the pool or at the beach. Take a pile of books or load up your e-reader and just enjoy your surroundings. This can be interspersed with gentler activities such as beach football or volleyball.
Some hotels provide childcare provisions and activities for kids. There may be some days when you enjoy a spa day or time to relax. And you can rest assured that your children are also enjoying themselves.
Planning holiday activities is all about being organised and proactive. Advance preparations will save time and will help when it comes to packing and budgeting. Set up a range of different activities that everyone can enjoy. And remember to factor in some free time. Avoid being too rigid. Spontaneity is also good and those days are often the most memorable.