Many families are struggling to find the best way to spend that little free time they have with their loved ones. First of all, parents need to make sure they can go on holiday while their kids are not going to school. Next, there is usually the money issue involved, with dreams often being too unrealistic for the available budget. Also, finding the right destination is a problem sometimes too, because parents and kids usually have quite different interests and ideas about what is fun. Last but not least, there is a decision to be made regarding how you’re going to travel. Here are some tips related to different means of transport for your family holiday.
Definitely the fastest and sometimes the only possible option when you travel long distances. If you can commit to certain dates, make sure you purchase the tickets well in advance to get the best possible price. There are luggage restrictions in place, so you have to be extremely careful to pack only the necessary items. Kids usually love the takeoff and watching the clouds if the weather is nice, but you might need to pack some form of entertainment for them since they will have to spend a few hours confined to the limited space around them.
If you have a reliable car, this is probably the option that allows you the most freedom to travel and change your plans along the way. When travelling by car, you and your family don’t have to worry about sitting with complete strangers and having to put up with their behaviour. Also, you can choose the music you like and sing from the top of your lungs without being reprimanded for that. However, if you really want your car journey to go smoothly, make sure you take regular breaks to get some rest and to allow your kids some time to stretch their legs.
Camping trips can be the best fun a family can have and the number of campers has been constantly rising. It is no longer seen as simply a cheap alternative to a conventional holiday but also as a chance to get closer to nature and completely change your environment, at least for a few days. There have also been some great breakthroughs in the camping industry and you can get one of the luxury caravans to use while on holiday, provided your car is strong enough to tow it. That way, you’ll have all the modern-day amenities but still have that sense of freedom and independence. With so many great camping locations, your only concern will be to choose the best one for your family.
This is probably the best option if your plan is to visit various towns and cities, since train stations are usually located close to the city centre and it may well be the case that a train ride from one city to another is much faster than flying, since you don’t need to go to the airport, go through all security checks before departure and then land at an airport from which you have to travel to the city centre. Also, kids love watching the landscapes and can stand up and walk around the train at all times. Many train companies also offer special discounts and entertainment for kids during longer journeys. However, you have to bear in mind that you’ll be unable to take detours, as you would with a car, but at least you don’t have to worry about parking.
As you can see, the choice of the means of transport largely depends on the type of holiday you’re taking. If you value freedom, sightseeing and getting closer to nature, you should probably drive. If you just want to get to your destination as quickly and efficiently as possible, a train or a plane is your safest bet. However you decide, try to make the most of the time you get to spend with your family.