If you’ve managed to find time to cram in a family weekend getaway into your busy family schedule then you’re going to want to make sure it’s perfect. Follow these top tips to discover how to get the most out of a weekend getaway and how to avoid the temper tantrums.
While you may envisage rushing off onto a surprise weekend getaway, the reality is completely different. Ample planning means that your trip will run smoothly and remove any stress associated with last minute booking.
By researching ahead of time you can find out the best areas to visit and when it is likely to be less crowded. This is important as increasingly the only convenient time for a family to getaway is during school holidays or bank holidays when destinations will be busiest.
Variety is the spice of life, or so they say, so make sure you have some activities that everybody in the family can get the most out of. As much you wouldn’t enjoy spending the entire weekend in a soft play centre, the kids probably don’t want to spend their afternoon shoe shopping with mum. Combine educational visits with outdoor visits to get the most out of your weekend.
Pack a Picnic
The cost of eating out in the UK can be expensive if you’re taking the whole family along. Consider preparing a picnic to take with you instead. You can simply buy pre-packaged picnic goods that everybody will enjoy and dispose of the waste afterwards. This is perfect if your children can become excitable and unlikely to sit quietly in a restaurant. A picnic is also very flexible and you can eat whenever.
Look for Special Offers
You can immediately save money on your trip by finding special offers beforehand. Many places will give you discounts on entry prices if you buy entry to many attractions at once. Also look out for attractions that offer discounts for people who have travelled by train – simply show your ticket on arrival at the attraction.
If you are travelling by train, cheap train fares can be bought from many train companies if you book them in advance. Browse your local train company’s website to find the best deals.
Keep it Simple
Although you may be tempted to cram in as many activities as you can during your weekend getaway, remember that you are trying to enjoy yourself as well as relax. Aim for quality rather than quantity and stick to a maximum of 2 attractions in a day – remember to keep an eye on travelling time between the two. You’ll be thankful for not overloading yourself at the end of the trip.
Be Child Friendly
If you want to take in some more adult focused activities there are many ways you can help involve the children. Brighten up “dull” adult attractions by bringing along activities for the kids to do; crayons for drawing pictures, a small diary for writing in or even a game of eye spy. Use your imagination to help engage them. Further children’s activities can be found at MyFamilyClub.
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