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It's January and it's the middle of a pandemic. I know it seems like holidays are never going to happen again. But the good news is that there is a vaccine and it's only a matter of time before it's safe to go abroad again. It may not be til next year, but it WILL happen. So here's some helpful tips for when it's safe to travel again...
Sometimes it can seem as if holidays are set up for couples, or groups of singles only. What with all the nightlife most resorts have on offer. However, the good news is that there are plenty of activities that you can do when on a break, either at home or abroad that are well suited to the entire family. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Sample the local fare
One of the most fun activities for everyone in the family is to try some of the foods that are available locally. In fact, this can be one of the most exciting parts of travelling and seeing new places!
The great thing about this is there are bound to be plenty of options to try. When you are travelling in the UK lookout for local specialities such as cheeses, baked goods, and ice cream flavours. Indeed, you can buy up some supplies from local shops and then create a family-friendly picnic in a local beauty spot.
If you are travelling abroad then visiting fast food joints with the family are a good bet, as the atmosphere isn't quite as stuffy as a formal restaurant. Street food vendors are another great choice, and you can buy a real banquet for the whole family for a fraction of the price it would cost for a sit-down meal.
Visit the beach
Another of our most favourite family-orientated holiday activities is to spend time at the beach. After all, there is just something about being in the fresh air and by the sea that is so refreshing to the soul. Not to mention the beach is a great place for the kids to run around and let off some steam. Oh, and if you get them into building sandcastles you may even get a few minutes peace where you and your other half can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere as well.
Having said that, not all holiday destinations will provide access to a beach. Fortunately, if this is the case, all is not lost. The reason being that a good aqua park or pool also make an excellent option with many of the benefits of visiting the beach. You will often find there are additionally fun activities located in and around the aqua park as well such as snack bars, restaurants, and even water flumes which are great for the older kids and the more adventure-seeking parents.
An activity that can also work really well on a family holiday is to do some volunteering. Granted not everyone thinks of this kind of activity first, but there are so many benefits associated with it.
The first and perhaps the most important reason to volunteer while on holiday with your family is that it can provide some excellent structured family time which you get to spend together. Secondly, by volunteering you are sending an important message to your kids and educating them on the value of giving back to the places they visit. Lastly, by volunteering while on holiday you can help reduce the impact of your visit and ensure that the people, culture and environment of the location are treated with respect.
I've included geocaching as a suggested activity here, because not only is it a lot of fun but it's also free. After all, family holidays can be really expensive, especially once you have added up all costs of accommodation, travel, meals and entertainment. However, to geocache, all you need is a smartphone with access to a geocaching app and a compass.
For the uninitiated geocaching is like a combination of a hike and talking to the kids of treasure hunt, where you are given the broad location of a particular cache, and then left to search the area in detail to find it. Once you have found the cache you will get to write your name in the logbook, and sometimes there will be small items to take or exchange as well.
One of the best things about geocaching is that it can be done all over the world. Something that means whether you are on a UK based holiday, or in a more distant location you will always have a fun activity to do together as a family.
Find a playground
Last of all, when on holiday with the family it's a good idea to check where the local playground facilities are beforehand. Again children's playgrounds, at least the ones outdoors, tend to be free and many have all sorts of exciting facilities like slides, climbing frames and even musical elements these days! All things that make them the perfect place to keep the kids entertained while on a family vacation.
I know it seems like so far off, but I promise... we will travel again!