The decision is made, the holiday is booked and you’re all excited, now how do you ensure you all have a great time?
 
It’s all about planning and managing expectations. Take some time to figure out what you want from the holiday; by getting what you want from the holiday, it will make it more enjoyable for everyone else. Talk to your family about what they might like and make sure everyone is considered. 
 
Making The Most Of Your Holiday Time Together
Forget the stress of planning; most of us really enjoy our holidays once we are there. A holiday together is a rare chance to spend some quality time with your family away from the day-to-day hassles of everyday life. You only get to do this once or twice each year, so make the most of it!
 
Take it in turns to decide what to do – One way to make sure that everyone enjoys their holiday is to let a different person have their own 'day', where they get to decide an activity for that day.
 
Take time to play – on average we get under two hours of quality time together as a family each day when at home. So make the most of the extra time on holiday to be daft together and make those funny holiday memories you can look back on and laugh about. This could be as simple as splashing about in the pool with a beach ball, or could involve something altogether more imaginative!
 
If you are concerned with the limited number of activities that your young children may be able to participate in, you could teach them an activity like Tennis or Swimming, it could become a part of everyday away and special bonding time for you too!
 
Relax the rules! One of the benefits of being on holiday is the lack of a set routine. As long as your children are safe and sound, relax the usual rules. Holidays are meant to be a break from your routine and the more relaxed everyone is, the more you'll enjoy your time together. If you're staying in your own villa or holiday home, it's much easier to let the whole family amuse themselves without having to worry about who's doing what all of the time.
 
Points to remember
·        Get a guide to the area you are visiting and let everyone put forward what they would like to do.
·        Have fun together, relax, unwind, take it easy and remember time is precious.
·        Don’t worry if your children want to eat chips at every mealtime or stay up late. It is a holiday for all the family not just the parents! 
 
This article is from Aisling O’Donoghue at Baby Travel Shop.

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