Last updated: December 7, 2023
If you want to ensure that your next family holiday, whether you head off to a hot beachy destination or a cool, calm, and relaxing winter wonderland, is the best one yet, here are a few things that are sure to take it to the next level and make it your most fun family getaway yet.
A Destination Jar to Leave it to Fate
Make choosing your next holiday destination a family affair. Create a ‘destination jar’ where everyone gets to throw in their dream holiday spot (realistic ones, mind – sorry kids, the Moon might be off-limits).
When it’s time to plan, let fate decide and pick one out. It’s like family Russian roulette, but with holiday destinations.
Hybrid Campers for Fun on the Run
Firstly, let’s talk about hybrid campers. Imagine if a caravan and a tent had a love child; that’s your hybrid camper.
It combines the adventure of camping with some home comforts (because let’s face it, a good night’s sleep is crucial when you’re facing a day of family activities). It’s like being Bear Grylls, but with a nicer bed and a place to store your wine.
Themed Holidays: Because Who Doesn’t Love a Costume?
Inject some extra fun with themed holidays. Heading to the coast? Go nautical with a pirate theme – eye patches, treasure hunts, the whole shebang.
Forest retreat? How about a woodland fairy theme? It’s a great way to engage the kids and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up?
Declare one day of the holiday as a tech-free day. No phones, no tablets, no TV – just pure, unadulterated family time.
Replace screen time with board games, nature walks, or storytelling. It’s like a digital detox for the soul – moans and groans initially, but gratitude afterwards.
A Local Cooking Challenge
Wherever you go, try a local cooking challenge. Pick up some local ingredients and try to whip up something traditionally from that area.
It’s fun, educational, and hey, you get to eat the results. Worst case scenario, you have a hilarious story about the time you tried to make paella on a camp stove.
Scavenger Hunts: Explore with a Purpose
Turn exploring into a game with a scavenger hunt. Create a list of things to find or tasks to complete at your holiday destination.
It could be anything from finding a local landmark to trying a specific food. It’s a great way to see the sights and keep the family entertained.
Journal the Journey and Capture the Memories
Encourage everyone to keep a holiday journal. Write, draw, stick in souvenirs – whatever captures the holiday best.
It’s a lovely way to document the trip and provides a great keepsake that’s far more personal than a fridge magnet.
Yes, some of these ideas may be a little out there, but if you want to keep the kids happy, and thus your holiday fun and stress-free, sometimes it pays to do things differently, right?