How you can come home feeling like you've had a holiday as well. Check out these Mum travel tips.
Speaking to a fellow school Mum who had just returned from a getaway she described travel with kids as “just like being at home – but with palm trees.”
Well that is true.
No matter where you are your kids are still going to act up and demand attention just like they do at home.
So how can you come home from that family holiday feeling like you’ve had a break too.
Well I’m going to share with you what I do to feel like I’ve had a holiday as well.
My Mum Travel Tips
When Planning your holiday
When it comes to having a great family holiday it really comes down to the planning and research. I have lots of tips HERE on how to plan your holiday. However whilst you are doing this don’t forget to factor in yourself and REALLY think about these points to ensure you get a break.
- Choose accommodation that will reduce your work load.
- I personally love going to a resort because I can’t cook or wash dishes. However there is no washing machine, so you may end up doing hand washing.
- Self contained may give you more room and less squabbles. However think about the cooking, washing dishes and laundry. Maybe look for something with a dishwasher.
- Choose accommodation to match the age of your kids.
- With that I mean consider the facilities included like kids clubs, swimming pools and playgrounds. If the facilities match the age of your children then there will be similar aged children for your kids to play with.
- Seriously if you want to relax you have got to ensure your kids will be entertained.
- I have plenty more tips on Choosing the Right Family Accommodation HERE.
- When packing for the kids take activities to keep them entertained in the room. (I have a full list Packing for Kids HERE)
- Again if you want a bit of peace you need to have something for your kids to do.
- Think: small sets of Lego, colouring, cheap craft sets, and activity books.
- When packing for the family take enough clothing for a week. (I have Packing Lists for the Family HERE)
- Reduce the amount of time you are going to do laundry – if possible get someone else to do the laundry (that’s what I did in Phuket, it was quite cheap).
Before you Go
- Clean the house before you go.
- This way you can keep that relaxed holiday feeling for a little bit longer after your return.
Whilst you are on Holiday
- Plan to AVOID cooking as much as possible.
- Whilst self-contained accommodation is really handy for keeping the costs of eating out down and I have to say really good when introducing solids to babies and toddlers (this was why we chose to stay in a self-contained apartment when we went to Sydney, my son was 20 months).
- However if you are not careful you will be cooking and washing dishes all day.
- When we went to Busselton we found just having breakfast in the chalet was enough. We ate out for lunch and BBQed for dinner keeping the mess and cooking to a minimum.
- It may take a couple of days but find a routine where you don’t have to prepare and cook every meal.
- Plan some down time on your own.
- Negotiate with your husband/partner to take turns as to who watches the kids and who gets to go off for an hour to do their own thing.
- I like to get a massage or do yoga.
- Utilise kids clubs and baby sitters for a bit of couple time.
Just remember it’s your holiday too, so plan for you to have a break and come home refreshed.
What are your tips for coming home refreshed from a holiday?