How to make the most of quality time with your family

You’ve been counting down the days to your holiday and it’s finally here. So how can you make sure you’re getting the most of this special time with your family? Follow our advice to make that quality time count.

Family holidays are the highlight of any year, but they’re not without their stresses. Sometimes the biggest worry is ensuring that you all make the most of it. So whether you’re hoping to chill out together or plan on taking part in non-stop fun activities while you’re away, here’s how you can enjoy it to the max.

Plan ahead

To make the most of your time together, it’s a great idea to start planning some activities in advance so that you don’t end up losing too much time to indecision when you finally get there. Are family adventure holidays your thing? Then schedule in time for a sit-down before you go so that you can map out the things that everyone wants to do. If it’s water sports you’re looking forward to, which ones? Is it sailing, surfing or scuba-diving that most appeals to your family? Booking in advance will not only save you stress later, it’ll add to the excitement as you look forward to a special activity.

Go all-inclusive

If you opt for an all-inclusive option, you afford yourself the luxury of knowing that all of your meals – and much more besides – are taken care of, giving you the freedom to relax and see what takes your fancy on a given day. Opt for a resort offering a great variety of family activities and you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing there will be something to keep every member of the family entertained, all day long: whether your idea of fun is sports and games, or unwinding in a spa.

Get the kids involved

Remember, it’s their holiday too, and they’ll feel much more involved if they get to help plan it. Whether it’s the choice of the day’s activity (sports? Yoga? Cooking class?) or something that the whole family will be taking part in, it’s the easiest way to make sure they’re having a brilliant holiday too. And again, if you opt for all-inclusive, you’ll have the freedom to mix it up as you fancy, as well as getting excited by scoping out the clubs in advance.

Come prepared

To ensure a peaceful family getaway, it’s never a bad idea to come prepared with the little things that’ll keep the kids entertained if they don’t love the idea of wiling away the hours on a beach as much as you do. Favourite toys and digital tablets loaded with episodes of their favourite TV shows are an obvious thing to find room for in your suitcase if you’ve got younger ones with you. And if you children are a bit older, card games, board games or a favourite film could provide the perfect opportunity for a bit of bonding in the evening if you feel like taking it easy.

Book an excursion

To really maximise the quality of the time you spend together as a family, consider booking an excursion