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Are You Optimizing Your Child’s Holiday Experience?

Are You Optimizing Your Child’s Holiday Experience?
Child swimming in a pool

As someone who wants everyone to have a balanced, fun holiday experience, one of the things I’ll never understand is parents not really thinking like kids when it comes to planning holiday destinations and activities. You’ll see it when you’re sunning yourself on the beach – kids who’d like to play in the water but are instead sat reading a book, or trying to find something to do on a holiday in an area where their minds aren’t being stimulated. It’s a shame. Huge lists of tips are all good and well, but you need to also consider what your children would enjoy.

Recently, dialaflight posted about ideal destinations for kids on a break from school, and I think there are a lot of good points to take from it. For starters, take them to the sea! Beaches are fantastic places to take your kids, because not only are they sunny, they’ve got building materials (sand), a nice view, a place to swim, and nearby access to things like ice cream and speedboat trips for adults who’d like to treat their kids directly. It’s things like this that separate a good child’s holiday from one where they’re floundering for something to do.

Secondly, it’s important to think about activities, too. Some children enjoy arts and crafts, some enjoy getting out into the wilderness and exploring, and some would rather spend their time in a foreign museum, getting to see objects up close that are thousands of years old and of great significance to the region of the world the child is viewing them in. It’s a good way to expand their minds, keep them fit (at least two of the above involve physical activity), and ensure they’ve got something to talk about at school when they get back.

Personally, my favourite approach is to ensure that you, as parents, are also going to benefit from the trip. Don’t fall for booking a holiday solely based around your children, because it’s pretty much a certainty that you’ll go completely mad in the interim. Think about things you could enjoy together – museums are a great example, as you’re never too old to learn, and it keeps your brain ticking over, whereas glitter-and-glue paintings may not.

Fiscally, it’s a smart choice, too, as raising children can be expensive, but where holidays are concerned, you’d be far more pressed for cash if you were bringing two adults. Take advantage of attractions that offer special rates for the little ones, and different experiences packaged in to boot, as you’ll benefit from being frugal, and money saved on an all-access pass for a child to multiple attractions can be redeemed with a fun ice cream trip later on.

Children are not always easy people to deal with, and their attention span can sometimes be fairly low. But if you really put your mind to ensuring that they’re having the best time possible without feeling like their parents are climbing the walls, you’ll all come back having had an enjoyable bonding experience that didn’t break the bank. Problem solved.

Child swimming in a pool
Even picking the right on-site activity can be a smart move, and pools are often a reliable choice

 
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