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What could be more exciting than your first holiday together with your little musketeers? You can almost see it, the kids having fun on the beach, you are enjoying the sunshine and sipping on a fruity mocktail… It just sounds lovely. It feels like this moment could be the perfect photo stock image of the perfect family holiday.

But that’s not really how you’re seeing it is it? You’re thinking of the kids having tantrums because you said no to a fourth scoop ice-cream whilst you are trying to enjoy the sun, but there isn’t actually any sun, it’s cloudy and windy and you’ve got sand everywhere – what a disaster! Think again, it won’t be like that.

There are many ways to help your first family holiday go as smoothly as possible. Of course, it will be challenging at times, but with my tips, your next holiday should be pretty stress-free(ish).

Let’s get the introductions out of the way first. I often work with Aviation Spares & Repairs, an aviation equipment supplier and do my fair bit of family travel as well. Within all my years of travelling, I’ve learnt how to make family holidays as enjoyable as possible and I’m here to share my tips with you.

Pick a destination, but before… 

You should pick what you and each member of your family want to do. It’s important to go on a holiday where everyone will be able to enjoy themselves. Do you want to enjoy sunny days at a beach resort? Do you want a city getaway or maybe a camping trip? As an article on the New York Times mentions, “once you decide how you want to spend your time off, you can decide where to go.”


If you are going to be staying at a hotel or resort, it’s important to check if they have child-friendly facilities and activities. That way, you’ll be ensured that entertained for your youngster is something that won’t lack.

A rental place, such as Airbnb, is a good idea if you are looking for more affordable accommodation options. Plus, this way everyone can still have their own space when they need to.

Don’t overpack

Make a checklist of everything you and the kids will need for the trip. This includes a first-aid kit, entertainment for everyone and some snacks. If you do end up forgetting something, just remember that you’ll probably be able to buy it somewhere in your destination, so there is no need to worry!

To give you a helping hand during the planning stage of your holiday, the Post Office has created the ultimate family holiday checklist. I’d highly recommend it if you are uncertain of what you need.

And one of the most important things to do when on a family holiday is to, as an article on BBC puts it, embrace your inner child. Remember to enjoy the small things and don’t forget to have fun, it is a holiday after all!

This article has been written by Carolina Neves, lead copywriter at Ad Lab, a digital marketing agency based in Hertfordshire. She is a journalism graduate who enjoys writing about all things travel.

Thank you for reading.

*This is a guest article*