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Friday, 20 June 2014

Sorting out your holiday plans - with kids

This is a guest post from Kimberley Watson. Kim is a proud mummy and wife herself, but when she gets chance, she’s also a keen writer, having graduated with an English degree. As a bit of a free spirit, she believes travel is the key to a happy life, and she’s going to make sure her kids see the world, too. On the off chance she’s not writing, with the family or off exploring, you can find her curled up with a good book or enjoying some delicious treats. Her 20-year-old-self would be kicking her for not saying ‘partying’, but sadly that’s just not true anymore! You can find her on twitter here


Going away with the children might seem a bit daunting – but the good news is, it doesn’t have to be! Providing you keep cool, your holiday can be every bit as relaxing as you should expect. Although you want your kids to have the absolute best experience ever, there’s no reason to say that should mean your trip is any less important. So, with the summer holidays approaching, now’s the perfect time to get planning and make life easier for yourself…
Travel
Before you think about where exactly you would like to go, you should think about how you’re going to get there. If you’ve not booked a trip yet, you’ve got plenty of options. Some kids hate flying (as do some adults), so remember, you’re not limited to just taking a flight abroad. Obviously, you shouldn’t encourage fears, or allow your children to know how scared you are, if you’re the one who’s apprehensive. Kids learn by example, and what you should be instead reassuring them is that there’s literally more chance of being hit by a car than being in an aviation accident. But, saying that, if you do want to spare yourself the hassle, then the option is also there to take trains, ferries or your car. If you do choose to fly, go with a reputable carrier, collect your air miles (they’ll come in so handy in future) and of course, arrange airport transfers way in advance – International Coachlines London are perfect for this!
Destination
When choosing a destination you have to keep a variety of factors in mind. What type of holiday do you want to take? What’s your budget? What style of accommodation suits your needs? Once you’ve had a think, it’s time to hit the Internet. Although travel agents are great in helping you plan specifics, you can save tons of money with price comparison sites like Kayak. Just type your destination and dates and you can see all of the options available to you. 
When you have got kids, it’s a good idea to have a think about what they’ll get out of the adventure. Kids’ Clubs are often a great addition to any hotel, and it’s always an idea to go somewhere with a pool or fun local activities like a water park, beach or cultural places suitable for kids. You can browse Trip Advisor for ideas and reviews from real life travellers in families like yours.
Money
If you’re leaving the country, your good old English Pounds are going to be of little to no use to you. It’s better to arrange to have your currency changed in advance, especially when you’re venturing further afield. Luckily, Euros and Dollars can be exchanged on the high street here in the UK, so just shop around to get a good deal. Once you arrive in your destination, sometimes it can be hard to find anywhere to get the right money, and the prices when you do can be ridiculously marked up - so don’t leave yourself short! Let your bank know before you go that you’re travelling (or they might block your card, which is a pain), and also be wary of any charges that they charge while you’re abroad. Sometimes it’s best to leave your normal cards for emergencies, and take a pre-paid currency card instead for the duration of your time away.

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