Planning your first family holiday

Planning your first family holiday

Author Aira Torralba

We'll help you take the plunge

When a new baby takes over your life, the idea of your first family holiday can seem like a lot of stress you'd rather do without. But, with a bit of planning, there's no need to fear a flight or say no to hotels.

Here's our rundown of six different types of getaway to suit any family. For each one, we've compiled a checklist of handy things to remember - giving you one less thing to worry about and more time to enjoy a wonderful first family holiday together.

Camping and caravanning holidays 

The rolling countryside of the UK - or Europe, if you don't mind a slightly longer trip - makes camping a budget-friendly option for families. Many sites will even provide a tent or caravan, so you don't have to take your own.

Choose where to stay based on the sights and day trips nearby that interest you. And remember, the beauty of camping means you're free to split your holiday between two or three different locations.

Download the camping checklist

Sunshine and beach breaks

Whether in Margate or Majorca, a beach holiday is a great way for everyone to relax and unwind. If you're just after a bit of sun, you don't even need to go to the coast - just find a hotel with a nice pool to lounge beside.

A warm-weather break means you can pack light. But, if it's too relaxing, kids might get bored, so you'll need to think of things to keep them entertained too.

Download the beach holiday checklist


Action and activity holidays

You might think this kind of holiday wouldn't suit younger kids but, for those feeling adventurous, there's no reason to shy away from a bit of action on your first family escape.

Many ski resorts offer crèches and childcare, for example, and most ski schools take kids as young as three. Cycling holiday firms can provide baby seats or smaller bikes on request too. In fact, you can normally hire all the kit you need.

Download the active holiday checklist

Festivals and events

From theme parks and other year-round attractions to staged events and annual festivals, if you're looking for family fun and entertainment, this kind of holiday offers it in spades.

There are plenty of family-friendly festivals out there - many of them offering on-site crèche and childcare facilities. But it might be an idea to stay at a B&B nearby, rather than camping, to give everyone a good night's sleep and a chance to unwind.

Download the festivals checklist

Town and city breaks

A city break might sound like the kind of holiday more suited to grownups, but it's worth remembering that many big cities are crammed full of entertainment for little ones - from seasonal events and workshops to family entertainment like zoos and museums.

Then there are specific cities with unique attractions - like Disneyland in Paris, for example.

Download the city break checklist

Far and away

Fancy something more exotic? If you're happy to face a lengthy flight with young children, the unique rewards of travelling beyond Europe are well worth it - whether it's a tropical island, an oriental escape or exploring America or Australia.

Just be sure to do your research. Is your destination family-friendly? Do you need jabs? And are there any visa or other restrictions you need to think about and plan ahead for?

Download the long-haul holiday checklist


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