After a long school year for your kids and an utterly exhausting period at work, a family vacation can help you unwind, refresh, and recharge your energy.
If you’re in charge of organizing the trip, there are a few things you need to consider so that everyone is happy. The accommodation is probably one of the most important aspects.
Here are five details you need to keep in mind so that you can find the best family destinations for your holiday.
If you are on a tight budget, then the price might be the most important factor that you’ll take into account when deciding what hotel to book.
When looking for a hotel, pay attention to any hidden fee that is added to the general price. Make a list of the included services before making any decision. Some hotels might seem cheaper, but it’s highly possible they offer less and have services you’ll need to pay for separately which could raise the total price. Look for additional costs regarding parking, pool, Wi-Fi (especially if it’s charged per device instead of per room), or room service and restaurant.
As a rule of thumb, keep in mind that budgeting shouldn’t feel restrictive. The idea is to limit your spending on the less important things so that you can enjoy other fun activities, such booking excursions, visiting attractions, or eating at fancy restaurants.
Any family that’s ever been on vacation can tell you that the hotel’s location plays a huge part in how enjoyable their holiday has been. Keep in mind your family’s preferences and decide together what you’d like. If you want to spend the majority of your time on the beach, for example, it won’t make sense to choose a hotel too far away or in the city center.
On the other hand, if you want to visit the historic sites, try to find a hotel located centrally, so you don’t waste a lot of time walking between different attractions. Choose a hotel close to a public transportation station or important tourist attractions you plan to visit. That way, you’ll also save money on transportation, and you’ll be left with more time to explore the city.
If your family members have completely different tastes and if you’re traveling with children, it’s important you have a wide variety of options to suit everyone’s needs. Choose a hotel in an area that you know offers many eating choices. Check if the hotel also has its own restaurant or any additional features such as a coffee maker or microwave in your room. You’ll find these services very convenient after a long day of exploring the city.
Other important aspects you need to pay attention to are the hotel amenities. When traveling with family, and especially children, it’s important they’re easily entertained indoors as well. Swimming pools, spas, gyms and any children’s entertainment services are more than welcomed!
In theory, a family vacation should be the perfect excuse for a digital detox. In reality, it’s hard to restrain yourself from checking your emails, scrolling through social media or posting photos on Facebook. Not to mention, you can play videos or games and keep your kids distracted during the evening when there’s nothing fun to do at the hotel. So, make sure that the hotel offers free Wi-Fi to guests.
Keep these five points in mind when you’re hotel hunting for you and your family. Make sure to include your kids in this process. It can be a great pre-holiday activity to do together, and they’ll feel much more appreciated to know they have a say in the decision.