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How to have a more relaxing time travelling with your family

Whilst we specialise in independent travel, a huge number of people travel in family units, although travelling as a family isn’t always plain sailing and can be pretty stressful at times. Children, especially young children can get anxious when travelling to new unusual places and this can have a knock-on effect on the parents mood – ruining what should have been a reinvigorating break. That’s why we’re happy to present these tips we stumbled upon. Holiday Tips for Parents is a collaboration between Myvouchercodes.co.uk and Thomson. With a combination of some clever tips and common sense advice you can make your next family holiday a breeze. Visit the Thomson page at MyVoucherCodes for all the useful tips. Right now though, we’ll take you through some of the top tips to having a more relaxing family holiday.

Involve your children

When the kids know what’s going to happen on holiday they are much more likely to be happy, and throw fewer tantrums. Good ways to make your children feel involved include letting them help pack, and even choose what to pack (within reason). Also, giving your children the opportunity to choose a few special activities will really get them in the mood for holiday, why not let them choose a waterpark to visit or arrange a trip to the beach? Planning special treats for the kids makes them feel a bigger part of the holiday and gives them something to look forward to.

Make use of flight entertainment

If your kids have access to a tablet, whether their own or yours, allow them to use it on the flight. Pre-load it with one of their favourite movies to keep them calm and quiet during the flight. Or, if they’re a budding gamer download some new releases to keep them occupied for hours, allowing the parents to kick back with a glass of something cold!

Bring home comforts

Kids needs something to remind them of home whilst away to stop them getting homesick. Bring their favourite teddy, a colouring book or toy. It doesn’t matter what it is, just that it’s their favourite thing.

Check your hotel is kid friendly

Before booking any holiday with your children it’s a really good idea to ensure that the hotel puts on activities for the little ones. Thomson hotels for instance have loads of kids clubs, family entertainment, sports and even cute characters like Thomson the Dog and Barnse the Bear who’ll have the kids giggling in no time. When eating at hotel restaurants, be sure to book quickly as other families will look to book early evening slots. If you plan to venture out the hotel do your research before arriving, scope out all the best family restaurants, and see if you can find restaurants with freebies for young kids. Many restaurants will offer a freebie to children under five. Also check what the kid’s menu is, if your kids have allergies don’t forget to enquire for advice. Need some ideas of where to visit then check out this bucket list of family holiday from the Telegraph.

Ever since he was knee-high to a grasshopper Al has always been a sucker for an adventure. As a kid he was lucky enough to be taken along on exotic far flung family jaunts and since then he's developed a taste for new cultures. From the sizzling street markets of Bangkok to the alligator infested waters of the Florida Everglades, he loves to be fully immersed in his surroundings, soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of every new destination he visits. Travelling and writing aside, he has spent many years working in the fine wine trade and certainly knows his clarets from his chiantis. He also has a special fondness for craft beer and all things artisan as well as his favourite destinations; Jamaica, Austria, Netherlands, Thailand and Mauritius.

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