While overseas travel is still a bit complicated and up in the air thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, there are some signs that things are beginning to return to normality, or will do in the next few months.
With that glimmer of optimism in mind, lots of us are thinking about planning our first family holiday in a post-covid world. Here, we look at some things to make travelling abroad with the family a much more relaxing and fun experience.
Make sure you know the guidelines and rules before you travel
This is one of the harder things to do at the moment, as the rules are ever-changing, but it is also the most important. After all, the last thing that you want to do is to hype the kids up from their holiday, turn up at the airport, and be turned away because you have not adhered to the guidelines or something has changed. Keep an eye on the green, amber, and red travel lists put out by the UK government to make sure you can go and come back without isolating yourself, whether you need to book a private Covid test in order to fly or proof of vaccinations.
When it comes to packing for a holiday with children, taking everything but the kitchen sink seems tempting. Try to avoid overpacking, though. You have to manage the luggage and the kids, hope it does not weigh too much, and have the hassle of getting it all back into the suitcase when it is time to come home. Unless you are going to a remote island with nothing around you for miles, the chances are you will be able to pick up most things wherever you are.
Make sure you leave plenty of time before your departure
With covid restrictions, there may be fewer people than normal travelling but there will also be additional measures in place, which can take longer. No one wants to have to recreate the Home Alone scene at the airport, hoping to get on the plane before it leaves without you. Make sure that you arrive at the airport, ferry port, or train station with plenty of time to spare. You can always take some entertainment with you – make sure the kids’ tablets are ready to grab, or some new sticker books.
Consider flying at night
If you plan to fly at night, you will find that the kids are a little easier to manage because they will be tired. Evening flights are slightly more expensive, but if you plan ahead of time, you’ll be able to book early and save money. Do not forget to include in the cost of transfers, both on the way out and back.
After everything that has gone on in the past year, a family holiday can be a great way to relax, unwind and reconnect with one another. Follow these tips above to help you make the most of it and keep you safe and happy.