The annual, or perhaps semi-annual, family holiday is something look forward to. It’s the one time that you can guarantee that you are going to be able to spend time with your partner and your children without distractions getting in the way. You can also finally have the time to relax and recharge, which is something we all need to do from time to time to ensure that we are physically and mentally fit and healthy.
It’s essential, therefore, that your family holiday is the best it can be. You want to be able to look back and still feel that sense of enjoyment and calm rather than looking back and feeling guilt or anger about something that did or did not happen. Read on, and you’ll discover some of the very best ways to ensure your family holiday is the best.
Book A Villa
You might be considering all the different types of accommodation that are available to you when you decide to go abroad on holiday. There are hotels and caravans, self-catering and all-inclusive; there are cruise ships and villas. Which is best?
In most cases, when it comes to making your family holiday the best it can be, you’ll be best off looking at villas in Portugal. That’s because villas give you all the freedom you could want. They are as close to a home from home as it is possible to get. You can choose what you eat and when you eat it (although you can, of course, go out for a meal too if you prefer), you can have the most flexible accommodation, you can be close to the beach or further away depending on your preference.
For everyone to be comfortable and happy, a villa is always going to be the best idea.
Leave The Phones At Home
Your family holiday is your chance to really bond with your children and partner, and having your smartphone with you at all times isn’t going to help you to do that very well. If you’re constantly scrolling through your social media feeds or checking your work email, is there any reason to be on holiday at all? You could be doing that at home!
It can be difficult to leave the phones out of your sight, but it can also be something that makes your holiday. Leave them in your villa and only check them for messages once or twice a day. Buy a cheap digital camera to capture your snapshots. Engage with your children and play with them, and enjoy your surroundings.
When you get home, you might find that you don’t want to use your phone quite so much anymore, and that could be better for you too.
Photos Aren’t Memories
Photographs are wonderful reminders and keepsakes, but they aren’t the same as memories. You don’t want to take lots of pictures and spend loads of time posing everyone in just the right way, and then not actually get to enjoy anything that’s going on around you.
Take just a handful of pictures, and that will be enough. The important thing you need to do is join in, rather than standing behind a lens. Be involved, and you will make memories that will be far more wonderful than any photo could be. Spend more time in the sea than taking pictures of the waves and the memories of how the water felt and what the salt tasted like on your lips will be far more vibrant.
Try New Things
Trying new things is something you can do easily on holiday. There will always be new places to explore and different activities to join in with. What these are will depend entirely on what you are interested in as a family and as individuals, as well as whereabouts in the world you are.
Take your time to explore your destination and discover what there is to do there. You can even start to do this before you go.
Trying new things will give you a brand new perspective on your holiday and your life in general, and that means that you will be more open to trying new things, even if they are outside of your comfort zone when you get back home as well. It could help you in work or your hobbies, for example, as you might discover that there is something you enjoy, but for the determination to try at least one new thing on holiday, you would never have tried before.
Do Nothing At All
Sometimes, though, it’s just best to do nothing at all. Doing nothing together as a family might sound like a strange concept, but it’s actually a wonderful thing. We’re all so busy, rushing off to do this thing and that, going to work and school (sometimes both), as well as any hobbies or days out that might come up too.
There doesn’t seem to be much time just to sit and stop for a moment.
On holiday, this is precisely what you can do. In fact, most of the time it is expected! Take the time to do nothing, and you’ll appreciate the peace and quiet. You might even take the opportunity to talk to your children more than you usually do, and perhaps find out a little more about them. Whether or not you feel you should be doing more bonding with your children, actually talking to them with no distractions around you might give you a new idea of what they are really like – they grow up so quickly that it’s easy to miss these changes!
No matter where you are going, it’s a good idea to find out more about it before you set off. Not only will this help you to work out the kinds of places you might like to visit and the activities that could be available to you, but it will help the children to get a better picture of what it will be like too. This can be even more important if this is their first holiday or first time abroad, and they’re not entirely sure what to expect.