Keep calm and carry-on: top tips for happy trips

 

Considering the investment of time and money we make in the family holiday, it might sound churlish to talk of “survival” tips. But here are some pointers, nonetheless:

Manage expectations

Do your homework

Involve older children in researching your destination on the internet – the local facilities and shops, where to swim, things to do and see.

Travel lightly

Favour a stroller over a heavy buggy and leave the car seat at home if flying abroad – unless it’s approved for inflight use – and then inform the airline, as they are restricted to certain rows.

Keep calm

Routine helps

Compromise

If that means doing some things separately, that’s absolutely fine. But it may also mean tolerating a waterpark one day so that you can read a book under a tree the next, or balancing sightseeing with shopping.

Crowd control

It’s also a good idea to coach your children in what to do if they become separated from you – the action plan will vary with age and circumstances but having an agreed meeting point can help.

Go easy on alcohol

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