As restrictions continue to ease and the days get longer, many of us are starting to plan a family break. Whether it’s a weekend or a week-long holiday in the school holidays, there are so many options here in the UK for the family to go away and spend some quality time together.
However, long car journeys, unreliable weather and bored children can sometimes make the idea of the perfect break much more stressful. Our very own MD, Chris Smith, shares his seven top tips to make your staycation or family trip as stress-free as possible.
- Book early – the earlier the better to ensure you find the best accommodation for you and your family and that all important secure storage for your bikes
- Self-catering accommodation is often more affordable and means you can be more flexible, plus you won’t have to worry about any fussy eaters! Do a shop before you go so you don’t have to find a supermarket when you get there.
- If there’s a long car journey planned, make sure you stock up on snacks for the kids (and adults), as well as packing some portable games to keep them entertained.
- Plan an itinerary before you go. Look up local landmarks and activities to ensure you don’t have to plan each morning and can maximise your time away. It’s a good idea to have a couple of options in mind – one for good weather and another for a rainy day.
- Delegate responsibilities to each child if you can, such as helping with the washing up or tidying the accommodation each evening. It will help form positive habits (which you can bring home!) and they will feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Local attractions can often come with a hefty entrance fee, so consider simply getting outside for a long walk or bike ride to explore the area. Pendle Bike Racks offers a range of quality cycle carriers, allowing you to easily bring along your bikes from home.
- Schedule some down time in the evenings to ensure you feel rested after a busy day.