Every year we go on holiday with the family. Not just Olivia and I, but my mum, sister’s, kids and everyone and everything else. Including the kitchen sink usually. These holidays have been local short breaks that are just an hour drive away from home. And they have also been holidays that have taken the best part of a full day to drive too and of course, we have holidayed abroad in large groups too.
As you can imagine, these do take a fair amount of planning and preparation to undertake especially when it comes to the travelling requirements. For those long drives to different parts of the UK, we need to know where everyone is up to, when they all leave and where they are planning to stop. These journeys usually involve 3 cars, so it is a mission to keep track of everyone and especially important not to leave anyone behind in a motorway service station.
Some of our favourite memories have been made on the holidays, for example, last summer we drove 6 hours to Devon for a week in a holiday park. We had entertaining drives each way with a fabulous holiday that made it all worthwhile. There was 8 of us on this holiday in total with three of the group being children. This meant we had to make sure everyone got to do what they wanted to do.
Usually, we just take our holidays as they come, but we had booked activities for the kids so we needed to make sure we knew exactly what was going on and when. This made sure we managed to not only fit everything in but that everyone got to do what they wanted to do without rushing around.
The Benefits Of Creating An Itinerary When Holidaying As A Family
The thing is, you have probably had this holiday booked for quite a while. Chances are you don’t want to waste it with silly disagreements over what everyone wants to do and when. If you are travelling to explore new places and countries then one of the best things you can do is to create an itinerary when holidaying as a family.
It can really take some planning when holidaying in groups so, whilst you may have had the travelling part of your holidays scheduled and running like a well-oiled machine, it doesn’t make sense to let this all fall apart when you arrive.
Know Your Destination Before you Arrive.
By creating an itinerary, you will be able to search out the best places to visit during your stay before you arrive. You can then schedule in some day trips knowing exactly how long you will need for each different activity and if you will need time to rest in between.
If your chosen accommodation for your stay comes with various activities you would like to take part in then you should definitely add these into your itinerary. For example, holidays in France have a lot to offer visiting families and should members of your group wish to take part in different things, planning this in advance will help your break to run a little bit more smoothly.
Keep Everyone Happy.
It goes without saying that different people will want different things out of their holiday. If everyone knows before they arrive what is likely to be happening during your stay, then you can ease some of the stress of making sure you all get to do what you want to do. This is really handy for kids of all ages to know. We found that by telling the kids in advance what we would be doing and when helped them to settle easier and enjoy the break knowing that even though we weren’t doing something right then, we had a set time and place to do it.
Do you plan an itinerary when holidaying as a family? Do you find this helps you to have a smoother happier holiday or do you prefer to wing it and take each day as it comes?