With our finances being limited, we find ourselves making notes of places we’d like to visit with the kids in the UK. Days out, weekends away, even staycations. We are wanting to exploring our country more and more, and with Bear being such a whirlwind it makes sense for us to pack up the car and check out what’s on our doorstep.
A family cruise is something we’ve talked about a lot recently. Cruises are a popular choice with families. They provide the flexibility to explore multiple locations without having to keep your kids entertained on multiple flights. Instead, you can board, unpack and enjoy.
Filled with fun excursions, entertainment and kids’ clubs, they certainly have their appeal. But if you’ve never planned a family cruise before, there are a few things to look out for.
You may dream of exploring beautiful villages, stopping off at ancient ruins, or visiting wineries, but your kids won’t so it’s important to strike a balance. After all, everyone should have fun on a family cruise and no one wants their kids complaining they’re bored! For the perfect family cruise, choose a destination that offers something for everyone, including beaches, rich history and fun family activities.
Popular family cruise destinations include Spain and the Canary Islands, Italy and the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean.
When planning any family holiday, budget is always important. However, when deciding how much you can afford for your holiday, remember that there’s many factors that will affect what cruise you can select. This includes time of travel (depending on the age of your children, you may have to travel during expensive school holidays), the length of the cruise (the longer it is, the more it’ll cost!) and how far you need to travel to reach your cruise liner.
Although your ship will have bars, restaurants, shops and activities, you’ll spend a lot of time in your cabin. So, it’s important to make the right choice when you book, so you’re not stuck with a cabin that’s unsuitable for your family.
When browsing, make sure you think about cabin size and bed requirements. Also think about location, too. A cabin that’s too small, has no window or outside access (such as a balcony) could start to feel cramped. Make sure to pick the right beds, cabin size, etc. Location, too. A cabin without a window can start to feel claustrophobic in a family cabin. If you have young children, you’ll probably return to your cabin earlier, so this is even more crucial.
Every cruise is different, so it’s important to do your research. When looking at each cruise, consider: the types of entertainment on offer (are they things your family likes?), dining options (do you need more flexibility or will set dining times work?), and the itinerary (are there activities and excursions suitable for your children?)
Lastly, when going on a family cruise, think carefully about what you’ll need to pack. This could include toys, medicines, chargers, sanitiser and wipes, washing powder (there’s bound to be spills with kids!), and drinks cartons for excursions.
A cruise can be an amazing experience, so consider these points to plan the perfect Bolsover Cruise for your family.
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At the end of last summer we took the kids to Mersea Island for a fun day at the beach. While we were there we were lucky enough to review a beautiful beach hut on the Island, the Mersea May. We have never booked a beach hut for the day before, so I had no idea what to expect. But we were all super excited for our day at the beach.
No matter what the weather is like during the Winter months, my boys LOVE going outside. Playing in the garden, going to the park, walking in the woods. Honestly, the weather could be arctic and they still run around like little puppies having insane amounts of fun.
Taking them out in the snow makes such a lovely day out, but I always worry about them being too cold.
Before Bear came along, family travel was a fun thought. Where could we take our little boy? What parts of the world could he see? Fast forward to our second little boy arriving and family travel suddenly seems a little scary.
Our little cub has grown to be a rather energetic, spirited, fidgety little fella and taking him on a plane has been the last thing on our mind.
But as he gets older we are feeling the urge to continue with our family travel bucket list. Surely his obsession with Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly will see us through a few short haul flights?
There’s one place in particular I’ve never visited, and I’m desperate for it to be our next family holiday. And that’s Italy.