27.5.19

Tips for An Awesome Adventure Holiday With Your Family

Now, there’s nothing wrong with taking a holiday that involves little more than lying on the beach and living the good life. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever! However, if you’ve been taking that type of trip for more years than you can remember, perhaps it’s time to mix things up, and try something new. By taking an adventure holiday with your family, you’ll be getting active, seeing sights that are off the beaten path, and bonding in a way that’s different from what you get lying next to a pool. Below, we take a look at some useful tips that’ll make your adventure trip a getaway to remember for all the right reasons.

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Where to Go?
The area you visit is going to have a massive impact on the overall vibe of the holiday, so make sure that you’re choosing carefully. To begin, you’ll need to decide whether you’ll be crossing the sea to get your trip started. You can visit somewhere within the UK, and get to know the beauty of your homeland all the better, or are you can fly to a spot somewhere in Europe (or beyond, if you have time). You’ll have fun wherever you go if you’ve researched the area well, but keep in mind something when you’re looking: the biggest and most spectacular landscape might not be the best option for you -- it’s sometimes better to pick a place that’s a little less grand, to ensure that you’re able to complete the hikes, explore freely, and things like that.

The Types of Activity
You’ll want to think about the types of activity that you’ll want to do when you’re away, too. And not just you, of course, but the whole family. You might like to hike, but if you’re travelling with children who are less than keen on long walks, then you’ll need to think about activities that they’ll enjoy, too. If you’re in an area where you can swim, ride bikes, hike, play games, and so on, then you should find that everyone is catered for. When you’ve got a destination in mind, conduct your research to check all that you can do there.

Accommodation Options
Options are normally quite limited when you’re visiting a city. It’s a hotel or an apartment, and that’s about it when it comes to your sleeping choices. When you’re going off the beaten path, into nature, then you’ll have a more diverse selection of accommodation types to choose from. For example, you can stay in a cottage, or you can stay in a small, independent hotel in one of the nearby villages, or you can camp. If you’re going for a week or so, it might be a good idea to try out a few different kinds. Camping is great fun, especially with children, but perhaps not for a week. Check out the different options, and opt for a variety. 

Appropriate Clothing
It’s important that you’re packing the right clothes for all the family. In the city, the weather is important, but it doesn’t make or break a trip, because most of what we’re doing in a city is indoors anyway. The same cannot be said of outdoor trips. There, the elements will play a much bigger role. But as they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Wherever you’re going, make sure that you have waterproof clothing: your trip will take a nosedive if the rain comes and you’re unprepared. You’ll also need to keep in mind that it’s usually colder in more wild spots than it is in the city, so pack warm clothing; country fleeces for children are an excellent option for your little ones. If you’ve packed everyone’s bag properly, then you’ll be able to handle whatever weather comes your way. 

Action, Rest 
You’re not going on an adventure with your loved ones just to sit around. You’re here to have fun, not sit back. However, that doesn’t mean to say that you should always be on the move. If you’re going for more than a few days, then you’ll want to schedule in some downtime. You’ll only end up jaded half-way through your trip if you’re not taking the time to sit down and rest for a while. If you’re camping, then consider spending a day (or at least a morning/afternoon) just sitting around, reading, and playing games. You don’t need to always be on the move just because it’s an adventure getaway. Plus, you’ll be more inclined to take a similar trip in the future if you returned home without needing a week to recover from your trip.

Ditch the Tech
You might want to consider adopting a no-tech policy for your getaway. We spend our whole lives connected to the digital world; we can surely survive for a week or so in the great outdoors without checking our social media channels. Now, this does sometimes feel alien to people, and even if they say they’ll give it a go, many people break their vow. But it’s worth powering through -- you’ll find that interesting things happen when you’re in nature, and you’ve removed the security blanket of using the internet. It’ll likely be harder to convince your children, so perhaps just tell them that tablets and smartphones don’t work when you’re surrounded by so many trees, or something. 

Prepare for Complaints
There will be much to love about a trip into nature, but it’s unlikely to be all plain sailing. Getting drenched by rain can make it more difficult to enjoy! As the leader of the expedition, you’ll need to prepare yourself for the complaints that will surely come your way. Try to keep a positive attitude and wait for them to come around -- everyone gets over the hardships of the outdoors pretty quickly. 

Ending in the City
Finally, think about ending your nature adventure in a city. There’s much to enjoy about returning to a land of restaurants, cafes, and shops after a few days off-grid.

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