• Sarah Slattery

    I am often asked about top tips for travelling with kids and my best advice is – preparation is key. No matter what ages your children are, there will be a hotel or apartment suitable, it’s just a matter of finding the right one!

    Ask yourself what type of holiday do you want?

    Are you travelling with a baby and want crèche facilities? Have you a five-year-old who loves mini discos or a teenager who needs free WiFi? Perhaps your idea of paradise is a quiet hotel on the beach without any entertainment or kids club… Once you have an idea of the type of holiday you want, that should make booking your holiday a lot easier. The Falcon website allows you to narrow your search by holiday type. You can select star ratings, crèche facilities, beachfront locations, sports and activities, and many more.

    Don’t be put off by longer flying times.

    Many families look for short flying times, typically 2 – 3 hours but remember if you choose Majorca and are staying in the north of the island, you could have a 90-minute airport transfer by bus. Similarly, with the Algarve, the upmarket resorts of Lagos and Luz are 90 minutes from Faro airport. With the exception of crawling babies (not the easiest on a plane!), I find that most children tend to be happy on airplanes. Younger children usually have a nap on the flight and older kids are happy to play with their electronic devices. In my experience, once kids have plenty of snacks and some toys to entertain them, the plane journey is relatively easy.

    Book early to secure the right holiday

    If you have to travel during school holidays, book early and secure the best choice of accommodation, and if you are lucky, a free child place. It goes without saying that the best properties will sell out first and if you need a two bedroom apartment, these are limited, so early booking is essential.

    Take advantage of the facilities that are available.

    Some of the facilities that hotels and apartments offer are remarkable.  Did you know that Falcon’s Holiday Villages have swimming, football and stage academies? They also have circus workshops and high rope adventures! Many have slides in the pool and kids clubs that are open day and evening so parents can enjoy a ‘date night’. For water park fanatics, choose their dedicated SplashWorld properties, where you have free access to a water park either onsite or close by, for your entire holiday! Fancy going somewhere a little different but don’t want to stray too too far from home? Try one of the TUI Family Life properties in Greece and Croatia, which offer a superb range of facilities for all the family.

    Don’t bring the kitchen sink!  

    Many good family resorts have family equipment on site. You may find bottle warmers, sterilisers even buggies are available at your hotel. Email the hotel before hand or ask your travel agent to book them for you. If staying at a resort, where food is included in the price, check to see if they have a dedicated baby corner. Some hotels offer a wide selection of pureed food and sometimes even hand blenders! You may not need to pack 14 fruit cartons! Luckily with a Falcon package holiday, you will automatically receive a checked luggage allowance but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to use it.