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Welcome to the A –Z of family holidays; a run-down of the essentials, some money saving tips and generally fun ideas to ensure you get the best from your next family holiday! So without further ado….
A is for Advance Booking – Not just the holiday itself, attraction tickets too.
B is for Beach – Sun, sea and sandcastles, the remedy for memorable and fun filled days!
C is for Car Hire – Strap the kids in the back of your hire car and set off to explore the area!
D is for Dining Out – Dramatic and likely to be a little messy, meals out are a fun part of a family holiday.
E is for Expectations – Leave home without high expectations and you’ll have a much better time!
F is for Family Photos – Ask a passer-by to take some photos of you all together and captures the memories!
G is for Good Guidebook – The ideal resource for cheap eats and unmissable attractions.
H is for Hotel- Try to book a family room, then sit back, relax and enjoy.
I is for Ice Cream – No explanation necessary!
J is for Journey –Prepare for the journey there and bring some things to do so your kids don’t scream the plane down!
K is for Kids Club – A life saver for many woebegone parents, particularly towards the end of your trip. Worth considering!
L is for Landscape – Despite the hustle and bustle, ensure you all take 5 minutes and appreciate your surroundings!
M is for Maintenance – Check your hire car thoroughly before you drive off. One of the most essential 10 minutes of your trip!
N is for Nodding Off – When the kids are off having fun, relish the opportunity and sneak 40 winks next to the pool.
O is for Off Peak – A rule of thumb for many, try to travel off peak where you can and enjoy the cash back!
P is for Passport – Because you won’t be going anywhere without it!
Q is for Queues – Queues are a part of life, and unfortunately likely to be part of your holiday. Best to face the facts now and keep your cool when you arrive.
R is for Research – The only way to start your holiday.
S is for Sunglasses & Sunscreen – It’s a well-known fact; everyone loves to throw on a pair of sunglasses, they’re just cool and sunscreen is smart.
T is for Tent – Definitely worth considering for the likes of Southern France and across Spain. Great memories guaranteed and much more wallet friendly than a hotel for the whole brood!
U is for Umbrella – Because you never know when you might need it!
V is for Vouchers – Save some cash and keep your eyes peeled for 2 for 1 entry or money off vouchers! They often lurk on the reverse of supermarkets receipts.
W is for Wine – Likely to be the parents’ tonic of choice come the end of the day.
X is for Xylophone – An essential for any family holiday, plus I couldn’t think of anything else!
Y is for Yacht – Just in case you fancy a family holiday in the likes of Monaco!
Z is for Zero Cost – Some of the best things in life are free so be sure not to forget the fun family activities that won’t cost you a penny…swimming, walking, building sandcastles, flying a kite…
Any changes you would make to our Family Holiday Alphabet? Share your thoughts!
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Cheska is a resident blogger at Beat the Brochure who has spent many a good year backpacking round the world, as well as a stint living in Beijing. Cheska has visited 6 out of 7 continents and will, repeat will, visit the last one before turning 30. Cheska is an avid CSI fan, streetfood expert and cat lover who can often be found with chocolate on her desk.