What Buyers May Expect While Choosing Kid Friendly Holidays
There's no point selecting a resort, cruise or tour where most of the tourists are couples, singles or people in their sixties or older. You need a place where your kids are welcomed, accepted and not out of place. Where no-one is going to be annoyed by the noise from happy children running around. So select your destination carefully.
Kids are often most happy when occupied, with opportunities to make short-term holiday friends. Camping sites worldwide provide exactly this. Many will offer day kids clubs, split according to the age of children, which will entertain the little and the teenager for large periods each day.
But if you're looking for something slightly more upmarket, there's no shortage of hotels that actively welcome and cater for children. Many resorts from North America to Northern Africa have adjoining rooms or family suites. This means you get the luxury and don't have to self-cater, dining in restaurants that are very used to children and the security of having your children right next door.
There's little doubt, pools or beaches have huge appeal for the kids. They'll be happy for many hours, making sandcastles, paddling, looking for shells and crabs. Just slip on a hat and slap on the sun cream for days full of happiness. Naturally, you'll want to find beaches with really gentle waves and shallow slopes in the sea, making for safer bathing.
Don't imagine you'll have to be stuck at the pool, the resorts, or kid's club every day, however. Head for the important sights and you might well be amazed at how much interest your children show. Make it as much fun as you can: hiking up volcanoes in Costa Rica, Hawaii or Italy. Visit churches that have interactive tours and quizzes for younger children in London or France. They'll keep on learning as they have fun.
Sports and recreation won't only keep kids entertained, but fit as well. Look out for venues that offer mini golf, fishing courses, tennis lessons, bike hire and horse riding. Naturally, a parent must have breaks, especially when they've paid for a relaxing vacation. Giving the kids well organised and healthy activities, from zip lining to archery that are supervised with trained staff will let you take personal time as parents, whether in a couple or single.
Safety is naturally a major concern when searching for kid friendly holidays. Ensure swimming pools have lifeguards and activities have qualified staff. Doctors and first aiders should be readily available. Avoid the higher levels of hotels with outdoor balconies, sticking to ground floors. Always have your first aid kit with you, plus medicines that might come in hand, insect repellent and sun creams designed for the ages of your kids. Check vaccinations and or prophylactics that are advised for every country you visit.