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Anything for an Easy Life: 10 Tips for Effortless Holidays

Tips for making family holidays easierTips for making family holidays easier

Going away with family and/or fellow parents can be a great way to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones. But there are few things to consider in order to get it right. Here are our top tips:

• Holiday with extended family or with a group of friends with kids, so you can all take turns at the chores and the children will keep one another entertained. This will also keep costs right down – a property sleeping 14, for instance, will probably work out cheaper per head than a B&B, even with luxuries such as a heated swimming pool. And you don’t have to worry about jumping out of bed at the crack of dawn to bag a lounger!

• Choose a property with large grounds, a swimming pool and play equipment such as a sand-pit, trampoline, swings, slide/climbing frame, table tennis and football nets so the kids can roam and play at will while you chill out.

• Make sure there’s plenty of space for you all – two or more living rooms means the children can watch a movie or play games and enjoy having their own space. 

• Think carefully about your journey time – younger kids get exhausted by travel and you don’t need to go far to have a brilliant time.

• Look for a property that provides toys, infant and toddler equipment, towels (including pool towels) and even baby packs so you can travel ultra-light. Similarly, look for extras such as grocery delivery service so that everything is waiting for you on arrival, from nappies in the bathroom to wine in the fridge!  

• Think about everyone’s interests when choosing a location. For instance, if you’re travelling with grandparents, are there pretty market towns and vineyards to visit nearby, when they fancy a break from you and the kids?  

• Talk to the property owners and find out if they’re the kind who will go the extra mile for you – put you in touch with a local caterer so you can have a night off cooking, for instance, give you insider tips on great local restaurants, and suggest fantastic things to do that you might not otherwise hear about – pony rides through the vineyards, followed by a wine tasting, for instance?

• Research family days out in the area and plan ahead so you don’t miss out on adventures such as lake-swimming, canoeing, rock-climbing, cycling and exploring châteaux. Again, ask your hosts for their own recommendations – they may have kids of their own and have tips galore at their fingertips. 

• Don’t overlook the simple joy of visiting local foodie markets with kids – they love running around and watching their food being cooked, and you can all dine together alfresco while the sun sets.

• Lastly, remember to spoil yourself! This is your holiday too, so look for properties with facilities for parents to indulge themselves and get pampered – perhaps in a Jacuzzi or hot tub.

See our handpicked recommendations for self-catering holidays with kids.

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