Tips for Unwinding on your Family Holiday
A holiday is supposed to be relaxing, but do you find yourself in need of another holiday when you get back? When you have kids in tow, there are lots of things that can contribute to the stress, for example, travelling to your destination, worrying about what to do once there, and then the trauma of having to go home again. It is possible to have a relaxing time on holiday and here are some tips on how you can do it.
Don’t Over-Plan and Over-Organise
There’s nothing wrong with having a little bit of structure to your holiday as planning activities in advance means you won’t waste your time away. It can, however, be very easy to slip into over-planning which doesn’t allow for any spontaneity. You have to be able to go with the flow when it’s necessary and let people do what they want for some of the time.
Be Happy With the Location
To make sure you can truly unwind and disconnect with the world when you are on holiday, you’ll need to be 100 % happy with your destination choice. Depending on the type of holiday you are aiming for, this may mean a destination with plenty of activities and excursions on offer for the kids, or maybe you want to relax on the beach and catch the rays. Some good spots in Europe include France, Spain, and Italy. You can consider a more Mediterranean climate and discover the best villas in Cyprus or hotspots in Greece for the ultimate getaway. Plan ahead, and research the area, so you know what to expect and are happy with both your accommodation and the local area.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
When you’re on holiday, this might be the only chance you ever get to enjoy a good eight hour’s sleep so make sure you take full advantage, kids allowing. Depending on where you decide to go on holiday, some parts of Europe follow the tradition of a siesta in the afternoon. Even if your holiday destination does not partake in a siesta, the great thing about a holiday is that you can decide your sleeping pattern! Catch up on those 40 winks, and enjoy your break. Don’t feel guilty about taking it easy, as this is exactly what a holiday is for.
Be Cautious in the Sun
It’s very tempting to sit out in the sun all day, but there’s a tendency to end up looking like a cooked lobster and you have to be especially careful to ensure the kids are fully protected from the sun’s harsh rays. In small doses, being out in the sun makes you feel more relaxed and happy. Wear sun protection at all times, enjoy a siesta in the middle of the day, and remember to experience the magical joy of sunsets and sunrises.
Treat Yourself to a Little Luxury
Include a trip to the spa or find out where you can get a massage as part of your holiday itinerary – fitting in around the kid’s activities where possible. You’ll feel like you’re walking on air after you’ve had one.
Ditch the Electronic Gadgets
Don’t spend your days posting your holiday posts and forget about enjoying your surroundings and quality time with your family. Of course, your friends and family want to know how you’re getting on, but do they really need hourly updates? Put a limit on your social media time. Once a day should be more than adequate. Likewise, with your mobile phone. Switch it off as much as possible and take a break from your emails, non-essential apps and calls or messages from work.
Enjoy the Outdoors
When you’re on holiday, take the time to spend as much of it outdoors as possible. If you’re staying in a city, it’s still possible to enjoy being outdoors, as most have parks, gardens, or forests for walking and cycling. One of the best stress relievers there is are to stop for a moment, breath deep, and take in your surroundings.
When you’re on holiday, take every opportunity that comes your way to relax and unwind. You might have to wait a whole 12 months before your next one, so make the most of every minute.