At Luxury & Little Ones we know exactly how daunting it may feel if you are going away with your children for the very first time as a single parent. We'd like to help with some tips and ideas on how to go about the process - from researching your destination, choosing a resort, preparing for the holiday itself and how to wind down and relax when you get there!
The most important thing to remember is that it's your holiday as well as your kids and it's important to et your sights on having a fun time, meeting new, like-minded people in similar situations to yours and more than anything - chill out!
This is probably the most important bit - get the kids involved in the process and if possible make the decision together. The larger companies are usually geared for holidays for families with children so you can be reassured that there will be plenty of facilities in resort and activities planned to cater for all ages. There are also some travel companies with packages specifically designed for single parents.
What type of holiday are you looking for?
Its currently the time of year when a beach holiday is front of mind after a long winter. We really advise a beachside resort so that you can all enjoy the sand and the sea as well as any activities on the beach - organised or spontaneous. Many resort hotels with beach fronts have a full programme of water related activities such as sailing and water skiing or wind surfing for adults and older children. Pick somewhere with lots going on to cut down on the risk of boredom. And if you are located within walking distance of a town or village that's a bonus as you can all walk in together to shop or visit cafes and restaurants.
Choosing a Hotel
We advise you to choose a hotel rather than self catering accommodation so that you get the maximum opportunity to interact with other guests and their children. Often there is a mix of both types to allow you independence in an apartment or bungalow on a complex, but with central activity and dining facilities. An all inclusive arrangement will reassure you further that all snacks and drinks are included and you don't have to dip into your pocket all the time.
What facilities are on offer?
The range of facilities and activities can make or break a holiday. Imagine yourself actually in resort. What do you crave the most? A beautiful pool and outdoor dining area? Kids Clubs for all ages? Bike hire? Swimming lessons? And more to the point for you - maybe a spa, poolside bar, relaxing sunbathing area?
Remember too that Qualified Childcare in resort is vital, especially if you have very small children. Kids Clubs catering for all ages will give you the chance to completely unwind away from them as they and you enjoy your independence and your own activities. If you can come home and say "that was fabulous, I hardly saw the kids as they were always off doing things whilst I chilled out, relaxed and I made new friends of my own" then mission accomplished!
Before you go
Prepare carefully - even write a list so you don't forget everything you need in those suitcases. Continue to keep the children involved by making them part of the process - let them choose what they want to take, what they want to eat en route, let them pack their hand luggage and include the games and books that will keep them amused whilst they are travelling. Why not Include things like magazines, crayons and paper, small snacks and drinks - all the sort of things that will guarantee you get your holiday off to a good start.
Make sure you pack well in advance. passports are up to date, each person has an EHIC card, you've got currency and travel insurance.
We hope our ideas will guide you in the right direction, but in case of doubt why not jot your thoughts down and give our team a call - we have 48 experienced travel experts on hand who are dedicated to finding you the perfect holiday to suit your family circumstances. Let us do the searching on your behalf.