If it is up to you to pick the family holiday or to contribute towards the ideas then there will be a lot to think about. There are lots of choices but they all have pros and cons and so it is a good idea to have a think about what sorts of things you need to be considering when you are thinking about what to plan for your holiday.
Cost – The cost is probably one of the most important places to start. You need to think about how much you have available to spend which will mean that you will be able to consider then what type of holiday you can afford. Take a look at your finances, see how much you have saved and how much you can potentially save before you go on holiday and this will allow you to work out how much you can spend. This will have a big impact on where you go and stay.
Distance – It is worth thinking hard about how far you are going. Some children may be better at travelling than others. If you have never travelled with your children before then it might not be worth risking a really long journey. If you are sure they travel well, then going further could be a safer option for you. It is good to consider this as travelling can be miserable if the child is upset all of the time. It will not make for a good start and end to a holiday.
Transport – It is worth thinking about which modes of transport might suit you the best. If you have a car and are staying fairly locally then driving might be the obvious option and could be easier with children. However, it might be good to think about whether you would like to go on public transport which will save someone driving but could be trickier with luggage to move around as well as children. If you are going a long distance then you will have to go on public transport at least some of the way and it is a good idea to think about whether you feel the children are ready for flying or going on a boat.
Accommodation – It is worth thinking about the accommodation options. It is cheaper if you self-cater and so cook for yourself and you can do this if you are camping or hiring a holiday home but you still have the option to eat out if you wish. You might prefer a break for cooking completely though and want to choose a hotel or Bed and Breakfast. It is worth comparing the cost and calculating how much it will be to eat out, so that you can decide which will be the best. With younger children it might be easier to self-cater as well because they may be fussy eaters and not eat food provided for them.
Beach/Town/Countryside – The setting of your holiday is really important. You want to make that there will be plenty of things that will be fun for everyone. It could be that you stay on a site which has family activities, but you will also want to find other things to do. It might be that you want to be near a beach, a city, countryside or maybe visit all of them. It can be wise to speak to the family about what they might like to do while on holiday and that will help you out.
Timescale – It is worth thinking about how long you want to take the holiday for as well. You will find that it will be dearer to go for longer and so cost may restrain you. You also need to think about how much leave you have from work also about how much there will be to do. You do not want to stay so long that anyone starts to get bored. However, you also want to stay long enough to make it worth going and make the most of it. You also want to make sure that you stay long enough for you all to relax and have fun together.
Timing – It is important to think about when you go on holiday. It will be more expensive at certain times of the year, particularly school and religious holidays. You may have to go in school holidays though but you will find that half-terms are cheaper than the summer and Easter holidays, so that could be worth consideration. Some parents will still take children out of school but that is a very personal decision and there could be a fine to pay as a result.