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The planning of your next family holiday can easily eat up hours of your time and leave you stressed out with nothing to show for it. There’s always another destination to consider, another resort and another website that offers even better deals than the previous one. Don’t jump straight into it. Take some time to think about these sides of your trip and all the other choices will become a lot easier.

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1. What type of holiday would you like?

Whether you want to be at the beach, ski, camp, go sightseeing or take the kids to amusement parks, deciding on the type of holiday you’d like first will automatically narrow down the choices that you need to look at.

2. How will you get there?

When you have kids, travelling to and from your destination can be challenging, so choose something that will not stress you out to the point of wanting to cancel the whole thing. For example, I like flying, even with kids, but I wouldn’t choose a holiday destination that’s more than 2-3 hours drive away.

3. What are you going to do at your destination?

While not everyone likes to plan the whole itinerary in advance, it’s good to have a general idea of the places you want to visit and the activities you’d like to undertake. Keep in mind that everything takes a lot longer with kids and they get tired easier, so it’s a good idea to plan for only about half of the activities you’d be doing if you were going by yourself (or make your holiday longer).

4. What’s your budget?

The cheapest package is not always the best deal and it’s important to look at the inclusions carefully. If a package doesn’t have prepaid meals, then you will have to spend money on food once you get there. If the resort where you’re going doesn’t offer kids’ club and you’re planning a romantic date without the kids, you will need to factor in babysitting costs. Getting cheap accommodation that’s far from everywhere will probably mean that you’ll end up paying to get around and spending your precious holiday time travelling from your accommodation to the places you want to visit.

5. When is the best time to go?

Sometimes you’ll be bound by the time you can get off work, but other times you have a choice. Do you have to go in school holidays or are you happy for your kids to miss a week or two to get a better deal and avoid the crowds?

Once you’ve made your choices you’re ready to book. Talk to a travel agent, compare a few different websites to make sure you’re on the right track and get ready for a great holiday!

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