When we hear the words “luxury travel” we don’t often think of children. Instead, we think of honeymooners and empty-nesters. But parents shouldn’t have to compromise on luxury when planning family holidays.
Luckily, luxury travel experiences aren’t just for honeymooners – the whole family can enjoy luxury on vacation. And we’re about to show you how.
Keep reading to find out seven tips for planning your next family holiday, and why booking through a luxury travel company is the way to go.
1. Plan ahead
The best piece of advice for planning family holidays is to plan ahead. Consider engaging a travel company up to one year before your intended travel dates. This way, you will have the pick of all the best accommodations, tour guides, flights and seats on the aeroplanes.
Travelling with kids demands an extra layer of planning. Will they be taking time off school or will you travel over the school break? Will they have any important activities around that time that they can’t miss? How old will the children be, and what is their idea of fun? How many bedrooms will you need to book? What meal will they eat on the flight?
The more prepared you are, the smoother the trip will go, and the more enjoyable it will be!
2. Book an all-inclusive resort
Luxury all-inclusive resorts are becoming more and more family-friendly. They offer parents the luxury touches they desire, such as spa treatments, cocktail bars and fine dining, while also providing children with activities and entertainment throughout the day.
All-inclusive resorts can also be more cost-effective. While you may spend more money upfront, families can enjoy all-you-can-eat buffet breakfasts and dinners and get all of their transport arranged, both of which can be very costly when booked during the holiday. Plus, all-inclusive means there will be fewer unexpected charges at hotel check-out.
A luxury travel company is on hand to design tailor-made holidays that please everyone in the family.
3. Pay to save time
When you’re on a family holiday, it can be hard to keep children (especially young children) entertained. This is why it’s a good idea to spend money on things that will save precious time. Things like priority boarding at the airport, queue-jump tickets at the theme park, buffets at hotels, and groceries delivered straight to your rental accommodation so you don’t need to go food shopping when you arrive.
Time is money on holiday, and if you’re only travelling for a short time, you’ll want to avoid any laborsome chores and focus just on the activities that make the family happy.
4. Embark on safe sightseeing
When travelling abroad, there is always so much to see and so many tourism companies promising to give you the best deal and the best experience, but you can’t trust them all. By booking tours and sightseeing expeditions through a luxury travel company, you can rest assured knowing you’re in safe hands, that you will get the best experience possible, and that you and your little ones are safe. Plus, you will likely have your own private transport taking you from door-to-door, and a personalised itinerary that suits your children’s nap times.
5. Carve out time for luxury
Luxury means different things to different people. For some parents, it means relaxing by the pool with a book and a cocktail. For others, it means fine dining at the best restaurants. For others, it’s indulging in a spa treatment or two. Whatever it is, make sure it is factored into the family holiday, and make pre-arrangements for the kids to do something else. Maybe they go to a kid’s club or daycare, or maybe they spend time with other family members. Holding onto a little slice of heaven on your holiday will amp up that luxury element.
6. Don’t skimp on the view
Family holidays are a treat. They don’t happen all of the time, so don’t cut costs on the most important things, like the view from your hotel window. Holiday memories last a lifetime, so give your family the best possible time, and let them experience the destination to the fullest.
7. Upgrade on flights
Depending on how far you are travelling, you may decide to upgrade your seats on the plane to ensure maximum comfort. If you’re travelling halfway around the world to Australia, for example, you might treat the family to comfier seats with more legroom so that everyone can get some adequate rest before the big adventure starts. Bad travelling experiences can ruin a holiday, and let’s face it – half the fun is getting there!
Family holidays don’t need to compromise on luxury. If you plan the right way, with the right luxury travel company, you can plan a holiday that goes smoothly, has no unforeseen challenges, and gives parents that element of luxury they deserve.