Holiday Stress Tips
3 Tips to reduce stress on a family holiday
Family trips can be more stressful than relaxing sometimes. Things don’t go to plan, your toddler is in a bad mood, the baby is crying and the work calls haven’t stopped. This is supposed to be a holiday!
Fortunately, the majority of these things can be avoided with a little prior planning. Here are three of my tried and tested tips to reduce holiday stress.
1. Maintain your routine
You don’t have to stick to it like glue, this is a holiday after all. However, sticking to the usual nap and eating times will make a huge difference to everyone’s mood. This might mean heading back to the hotel for an hour at noon for a nap, or it could be as simple as laying down on a towel at the beach for quiet time. A young child that is tired and/or hungry is not fun!
2. Know where you are going and how to get there
Winging it without kids is easy. In fact, winging it without kids is fun! However, being stuck at a train station for hours upon arrival with a tired, hungry child because you haven’t pre-organised the details is no fun at all.
You don’t have to organise every detail, but being able to hop straight into pre-arranged transport to a hotel after a 12 hours flight with young kids is much more enjoyable than trying to work it out when you get there.
3. Don’t cram too much into the day
Young kids get overwhelmed easily. They will not enjoy visiting six crowded museums in one day and as a result, neither will you. When travelling, we often go sightseeing in the morning and leave the afternoon free to have a nap or play on the beach away from crowds.
Here are some other great tips for reducing holiday stress from other family travellers and bloggers:
Jessica, from Magnets from Everywhere shares her advice on reducing stress when travelling with kids here
Check out the Argey Family and Lots of Planets have a North for tips on reducing vacation stress here
The Sullivan Family from Going where the wind blows share tips on reducing stress when travelling with children here
The Lackey family from Adventures in Family Travel share their tips to reduce stress during family travel here
Meldrums on the Move share their tips on how to reduce stress on a family trip here
Border Free Adventures share three tips on reducing stress on family trips here
Check out The Travelling Page Family’s tips on reducing travel stress here
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