Tips for travelling with a family – Canada

Have you ever noticed just how stressful it is travelling as a family? If you’re travelling alone or even as a couple, at least you only have to worry about your own commitments, but when kids are involved it makes the whole process of booking a holiday far more difficult.
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First of all, you have to try time everything with school holidays (unless your family are too young for school yet, or you home educate) which brings all of your costs up, and then you have to look for places that are packed with things to do so you don’t have to worry about them being bored. With all of this in mind, I thought I’d write a quick post today on travelling with a family.

Planes at Calgary

A photo by my husband of planes at Calgary airport in Canada.

Plan far in advance.

This is really important for two reasons. On the one hand, you want to plan as far in advance as possible while there are less people booking and the prices are cheaper. Some mums I’ve come across like to hold out for a last minute deal, but in reality, I’ve found this to be rather stressful. These deals sell out fast and you also run the risk of not getting the destination you want. If you’d like advice on the best time to book, click here. If you are really looking for a bargain you can try collecting Codes and booking a Sun Newspaper cheap holiday but options are limited.

On the other hand, planning in advance frees up your mind to concentrate on other things. You’ve booked the holiday, you’re going, it’s confirmed. You no longer need to worry about getting it done, so you can concentrate on getting people’s passports renewed, checking that your documents and insurance policies are in order, making sure you have enough medicine if you’re travelling with people that have illnesses and so on. Always pack Calpol and sticky plasters with your child’s favourite cartoon characters on – Jen is pretty much guaranteed to get a headache or fall off a swing or something.

Look for hotels or holiday parks that cater to kids.

When you’re on the hunt early on for a great deal, there will be far more choices available for child-friendly hotels. When you go on holiday, you want to be spoilt and you want it to be luxurious. There are many hotels that can give you just that as well as fantastic kids deals too.

For example, I’d love to see Niagara Falls – My husband has visited Canada and the falls when he used to travel for work and I’m not afraid to admit I am a bit jealous. The Niagara Falls Marriott* nearby not only has stunning views overlooking the Falls themselves, with plush bedrooms and a spa to boot, but you can get special packages for families. It’s one of those “bucket list” sort of places I’d like us to visit together.

The Maid in the Mist by the Falls.

A photograph of Niagara Falls taken by my Husband.

Use the time to pick up what you need.

Once you’ve got your hotel and flights all sorted, you can use the time remaining to pick up everything you need in plenty of time. For me, this really helps. I’ve been in the position where you’re rushing around the shops the day before you go away trying to remember all those last minute items – like when we won a very last minute holiday to Italy. If you plan far enough in advance as well, you’ll even be able to pick yourself up some bargains – I always get the best summer clothing deals in the sales at the start of autumn.

Kids on a waterslide

The boys on a water slide in Italy.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post – how do you plan for family holidays?


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