There’s nothing nicer than getting the whole family together, especially if your family doesn’t get the opportunity to come together often for any reason. Over the last couple of years, we have been trying to arrange a large family holiday so we can all spend time together, as we don’t all live in the same area this isn’t something we get to do enough, especially with my sister and niece who live in Scotland.
Unfortunately, as you might know, if you have tried to arrange a trip as a large family, it’s not always as straight forward as you might like. Firstly, there’s the challenge of getting everyone together for the same week (for our party of 12 that proved difficult), then you have to find large group accommodations where everyone can stay and also ensure the area you choose is suitable for the whole family. It’s not an easy task but I do have a few tips from experience which might make things easier if you’re also planning a big family holiday.
Home or away?
First things first, do you want to holiday abroad or in the UK? If you choose to holiday in the UK this will keep costs down, it should mean less travelling and there are a lot of beautiful destinations in the UK to explore. You might also be surprised to know that there are villa’s and houses in the UK which can accommodate large groups, www.partyhouses.co.uk is one website which showcases a lot of absolutely beautiful houses which can be booked for large groups. If you decide to holiday abroad there’s a lot more to consider and organise. Does everyone have a passport? How much will the cost increase? Does travelling involved vaccinations? There’s also the current unknown of Brexit to contend with which is putting many travel plans on the backburner at the moment. If you do choose to holiday abroad why not take a look at my 7 tips for surviving a long-haul flight to make your journey as enjoyable as possible.
Booking a holiday for a large family can be expensive but you can also do this on a budget if you’re savvy. You will have to agree on a budget with everyone who’s going on holiday to ensure it’s affordable for everyone coming as not everyone will have the same amount to spend. If you can book the getaway outside of the school holidays this will help reduce the cost a lot, remember you could face a fine per child if the school doesn’t approve a holiday request and you go anyway. Book flights (if needed) and accommodation early, if you leave it until the last minute you will have fewer options and the price could increase too. Before booking any accommodation, flights or days out it’s worth taking a look at cashback websites where you could get money back simply for booking through their website at no extra cost to yourself.
When choosing your holiday destination and accommodation you will have to consider everyone’s requirements. Do you require an adapted property? Does it need to be on one level? How many bedrooms do you need? Do you need outdoor space for children to play in and to relax in the evenings? Do you want to rent accommodation with a swimming pool or sports facilities? It’s worth asking everyone in your group what their top requirements are and then working out which ones are essential and which ones you might be able to give up if needed.
One of the great things about holidaying with a large group is spending time with everyone enjoying some downtime whether that’s relaxing in your holiday accommodation, visiting the beach or enjoying a delicious meal out. Planning your days when you go on holiday is a good idea as it will let everyone know what will be happening each day, obviously, this will have to be discussed with everyone to ensure that everyone does something they enjoy. In a large group, you can either go on days out as a whole group or if some people would prefer to do something else you can spit off into smaller groups to ensure everyone is doing something they like.
The thought of booking a holiday for a large group can be daunting but it is possible with some forward planning to book a holiday that everyone will love and remember for years to come.
*This is a collaborative post.