Family Summer holidays are the best.
Family Summer holidays are the best. Exploring new places and trying new things together is so much fun and we know you want to squeeze as much quality time out of your trip as possible. With over 200 years in the business, we like to think we know a thing or two about holidays, so we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to maximise your time away and keep your holiday stress free.
Do your research.
It’s always good to do a bit of research on the area you’re staying in. This will enable you to loosely manage your time whilst you’re away, and also gives your family an opportunity to get excited in the run-up to the big trip.
There’s a happy medium between bringing everything you own on holiday and just chucking your toothbrush and a pair of pants in the bag. Think about what you’re likely to be doing, how long you’re away for and then pack a few just-in-case pieces to keep you covered.
Book with a trusted holiday letting agency for security.
Knowing that you have booked your holiday with a trusted holiday agent will give you peace of mind in the lead up to your holiday. A good agency will keep in touch and give you clear information about your accommodation and who to call if you have any questions. Here at FBM Holidays we offer 24/7 customer care and our lovely staff have a broad knowledge of their areas. Unlike other accommodation booking services, with us you can talk to a real person, on the phone, over email or face to face, whenever you need to.
We also have trusted tradespeople on hand in the unlikely event that you have a problem at your accommodation. From leaks to lightbulbs, we’ll be there in a jiffy.
So whether you need directions, have lost your keys or just want some recommendations for dinner, you’ll know we’re right here.
Make a list of things you’d like to do and prioritise.
As a family, make a list of all the things you might like to do whilst you’re on holiday. Each person can prioritise their favourite. You probably won’t be able to do and see everything (unless you’re a time traveller), but you’ll be able to make sure you make time for the things that matter most.
Check if you need to book activities.
You’ve dragged the kids out bed and headed to do that thing, only to find out there’s no tickets left or you needed to have a booking. The result? A deflated you, grumpy kids and a stressful half an hour figuring out what you’re going to do instead. Book ahead and avoid disappointment.
Plan your journey.
By car – Figure out where you want to stop along the way. You could stick to the services, or make a little detour somewhere pretty. Pack snacks, drinks and entertainment for the kids, and play car games too!
Public Transport – Make sure everyone is in comfortable clothes for the journey. Pack a small bag to keep separate from your main luggage with all the essentials in: drinks and snacks, books, travel games and battery packs are useful.
Whichever way you’re travelling, get the kids involved and give them places and things to spot on the way. It’s a great way to help them understand their journey and keeps their eyes off the screens for a little while too.
Check the weather.
Look, there is no ‘bad weather’. Rain or shine, West Wales is an incredible place to come on holiday. However, having the right kit will help your holiday run smoothly.
If you do get rain, don’t worry. There are loads of things to do: Trampolining, soft play, creative cafes, film screenings, museums, craft and music workshops, heritage sites, anything involving the sea (you’re already wet), board games, indoor fairgrounds, butterfly houses and more.
Don’t do too much
It’s great to have a plan, but make sure you factor in some down-time each day, too. We think having at least one day with no plans is a good idea. It gives you the opportunity to take it easy or be spontaneous. If you’ve got older children, they might want a little alone time. Make sure they have the opportunity too, or it could cause tension. If you want a lie in one morning, that’s fine too. You don’t have to be moving all the time to be making the most of your holiday.
Let us know if you have any of your own holiday hacks and they could be featured on our blog and social media pages!