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Top 5 Tips for Holidaying as a Family

by Tina Goldsmith 07/04/2017
snuggle sacs in Mark Warner holiday creche

Holidaying as a family is something most of us genuinely look forward to.

Holidays are meant to be relaxing, peaceful things, but throw in a couple of children or an accommodation issue and your sunny dream starts to fade. 

Mark Warner Holidays have been taking families away to the ski slopes and beaches of Europe for over 40 years. With everything from childcare from 4 months, to kids’ evening entertainment and family rooms they know how to ensure everyone has a great holiday. 

Here we asked Mark Warner Holidays for their top five tips on how you can make a harmonious family holiday a reality.

1. Research Your Airline

Many airlines these days are incredibly helpful when it comes to families, but it’s best to do some research so that your holiday gets off to the best possible start. Check with your provider about everything from infant luggage allowance, buggie and car seat transportation to priority family boarding. 

2. Get Planning

As we all know: with children (especially little ones) comes stuff, lots of stuff. And when going abroad, you suddenly panic about where you can get all the bits and bobs you need for your precious little prince or princess. If you are going on a package holiday many hotels/resorts will have a shop on site, or you can enquire about local supermarkets. If you are feeling extra lazy there are some great companies that will ship out everything for you in time for your arrival.

3. Kids Clubs and Childcare

We all have dreams of relaxing by the pool and the kids happily playing together in the sunshine. This is not a reality. Many holiday companies offer kids’ clubs for various ages, many include activities and entertainment. We would advise doing a bit of research and having a look at the qualifications of the staff, the ratios of staff to children plus of course the cost. 

4. Memories

It’s really fun to get the kids involved in documenting their time away. From a traditional scrap-book, packed with tickets, photos and drawings to the more modern online photo book option. It’s also a great present for the grandparents. 

5. Insurance

Totally essential, please don’t forget to buy some and research what it covers. For example, many standard policies don’t cover winter or extreme sporting activities. Once you are all sorted remember to take your policy number and insurance company details with you.