Over the years, as the children have got older, we have realised quite how stressful planning a trip abroad can be. Everything from worrying about the cots when the children were babies, to what activities there are on offer as they get older. There are so many things to think about so I thought I would capture a few helpful tips and my chosen location is Phuket (it’s on my bucket list).
Think about what you need before
If you are travelling with a baby you need to make sure that there is everything at the villa that you need. A baby is such a teeny thing but needs an entourage of items with it: a cot, a car seat, a fence for around the pool (if your villa has a pool) and a high chair if your baby is a bit older. These things should be thought about when booking your stay. Make sure to ask for these items when booking your villa abroad.
Choosing the right villa
This can be a difficult decision as there are so many villas out there and so many companies. You want to make sure you choose a company, like villa finder, who personally inspect villas before they get added to their website. This means that all the information about the villa is verified and you have confidence that this is the right villa for your family. They have high quality villas on their website and can help to plan the most family-friendly holiday possible.
Research the area
One thing I do before travelling to new places with the children is to research the area. Finding out information before your trip can help you to choose the right place for your family, for example, you may want to be away from the noisy areas and in a more family oriented zone. Phuket by Villa Finder has a lot of information about Phuket including the best beaches, restaurants or shopping areas. My kids love the beach, so I would want to make sure we chose a villa near the sea.
Make a list
As you all know I love a good list, when travelling to new places I like to make a list of all the things I have researched and then I can tick them off when we are away. More importantly, I get the kiddies to help me with this and we tick off the things we have done. They really enjoy doing that. It gets them involved and also gets them excited about the trip ahead.
Do you have any great tips for planning a trip abroad? You want to make sure you have quality family time on holiday. If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments below or on social media: @mummyconstant.