If the thought of organising your next summer vacation is leaving you frazzled, relax. Family getaways don’t have to be difficult, and by taking some time to plan ahead, you’ll be able to have a relaxing break that works for everyone. Below, we’ve put together some top tips for planning your next holiday.

Keep your journeys short

Boarding an aeroplane with a screaming child isn’t ideal, so try to make your journeys as short as possible. Choose destinations wisely – don’t go on a tour of the country if your children are restless and struggle when travelling. Consider pre-arranging your travel and booking a private car to avoid public transport abroad, and plan your activities and events carefully to ensure that you’re not spending too much time on coaches and boats getting from A to B.

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Book with a travel operator

Working with a travel operator such as Imagine Holidays is one of the best ways to take the pressure out of your holiday. Single-handedly organising your flights, accommodation and transfers can be stressful – especially when you’re booking for the entire family. Not only can travel operators take the strain out of travel, but they also provide a point of contact in your destination of choice, giving you added peace of mind should anything go wrong.

Consider the activities

The chances are that your children will get bored during their break, so make sure you plan their activities in advance. It’s easy to entertain your children on a plane by packing some toys and playing a game – even if it does mean sacrificing sleep. Excursions and days out add some structure to your getaway and give your children something to look forward to during the stresses of travel. Be careful not to cram too much into your itinerary, though; take it easy and space out your activities to keep everybody happy.

Find a family-friendly hotel

Not all hotels were created equally, and when it comes to family holidays, finding the right hotel is essential. Research your hotel and make sure it’s an appropriate choice – kids clubs, play areas and children-only pools can make it easier to relax while you’re away from home.

Give yourself some ‘me time’

While you will, of course, want to focus your holiday around your children, it’s important that you take some time for yourself. Whether that means booking a meal for you and your partner when the children are in bed, organising a babysitter or crèche so that you can enjoy a lazy afternoon on the beach, or booking yourself in an adults-only spa, it’s easy to give yourself something to look forward to with a little careful planning.

There you have it – just some of the things you should consider when planning your next family holiday. Whatever you do, make sure you plan in advance, give your children something to look forward to and reward yourself when time allows. You deserve it!