If you ask all the members of your family the answers might differ considerably. As parents you may desire time lazing on the beach, bonding with your kids, or packing in the adventures. Teens on the other hand might prefer independence, one-on-one parental time without younger siblings, or shopping. Primary-age kids might want to spend every day at the zoo or at the playground, and preschoolers are happy to build sand castles from dawn to dusk.
So how do you create a memorable holiday experience for each and every one?
The first step is involvement and this is especially important with older children. The more they feel they are involved in the decision process, the better the experience will be. Explore this site, our guidebooks or app together with your kids. Discuss the pictures and make note of those things that excite each of your children. Older kids might want to hop on websites of some of the attractions and come back with interesting facts you hadn’t considered. Use this input to make a rough schedule for your holiday, making sure everyone has something to look forward to. Make sure, though, that you build in enough down time for unexpected adventures and chill out activities. Just as getting the kids ready for school on time can be stressful, so can getting them dressed and ready for a day trip. It’s not long before you realise that a maximum or one or two activities each day is plenty for most. If you have two parents in your family consider splitting up the kids between you. Perhaps one parent could take the teens fishing or jet skiing, while the other takes young ones exploring tide pools, then reconnect for lunch and a laze by the pool.