When a kid picks up a travel brochure and sees a holiday resort featuring a huge waterpark?
They’re going to feel nothing short of total excitement. Parents? Will most likely be plunged into thoughts of verruca socks, screaming toddlers, and the least chilled out holiday ever.
This is just one example of how a kid's idea of a perfect holiday doesn’t match up to an adult's idea of a perfect holiday.
However, there is such thing as getting a balance here! Arranging child-friendly holidays that won’t make you want to tear your hair out is possible.
Simply read on to find out exactly how.
The first thing you will need to tackle is your accommodation. Go all inclusive or self-catered, and nothing else. Why? Because these are the two with the most benefits. All inclusive is great because it entirely eliminates the need for you to be the responsible adult and think about food. All meals and even all drinks and snacks will be cooked and laid on for you. All you have to do is get the whole family there during serving times. Conversely, the next best option is to go self-catered. This is the only option that gives you a kitchen in your accommodation. This means that at the start of your holiday, you can stock your fridge and freezer with your favourite food. This puts you 100% in charge of what you eat and when you eat.
Next up, tackle boredom. Every parent knows that when kids get bored, they get naughty and can misbehave. Variety is one of the best ways to tackle this. So, head to a destination that has a variety of different offerings. Places like Barcelona offer the buzz of a city, and all the different things that cities have to offer. So, you’ve got museums and tourist hotspots, but also amazing architecture and galleries. That’s not forgetting that despite being a bustling city, it is also home to a huge beach. Narrow a list down to your favourite choices of Barcelona accommodation, and then go on which one is nearest to where you want to spend the most time.
If you decide to stay in a child-friendly resort, no matter where it is, you’ll need to consider a few things. First and foremost, you won’t be the only parents there with children. In fact, the chances are you will be there with dozens. If this is the place you want to head, that’s great. Just make sure you are prepared. Resorts like this can get noisy, so pack a pair of earplugs. These will come in useful to allow you to relax by the pool, and will also help in the walls are thin. It may also be wise to book somewhere with both a kids club and an adults only pool. This means that while your kids are busying themselves with fun activities tailored to them, you can be recharging your batteries.
What is important is that you achieve the balance of making everyone happy.
Compromise with your kid. One morning at the waterpark can equal one afternoon at an art gallery.
That way, everyone gets to enjoy themselves… and your hair stays firmly untorn out!