It’s been a tough 12 months stuck at home, and so many families will be getting itchy feet, desperate to head up and away to somewhere hot and beautiful.
And the signs are promising that this summer travel is likely to open up, to a certain extent at least.
It’s natural to be concerned about the risks associated with a getaway but having a great time and staying safe are not mutually exclusive concepts. It’s very possible to achieve both.
Stick to the Rules
Your kids will probably be used to social distancing already – many might not remember a time when they didn’t have to stand two meters apart from the next person.
But it’s important that they continue to adhere to these rules in whichever country you choose to go to. You could even try turning it into a game if it helps your offspring to follow suit.
Depending on which country you visit, they may also have to wear masks, and this might be something they’re less prepared for. Practice before you go, so it doesn’t feel so alien to them, and make it clear when they need to wear them.
They might just be required to wear them on the plane or on public transport, or they could have to put them on in any public space, so do your research before you go.
Try buying them themed masks – they might actually look forward to putting them on.
Take Hygiene Essentials
As well as masks, you should take hand sanitizer, and use it regularly.
In addition to this, wash your hands whenever you get the chance – it’ll just become a matter of course after a few days, and will instill confidence in your whole family that you’re being safe.
Gloves might also be a good idea, and a thermometer or oximeter will also reassure you that you’re not showing early signs of fever.
And this means choosing a policy that covers coronavirus. It will help you to feel more relaxed when going away, knowing that you have protection against this, in case you need to cancel, cut your holiday short, or even go into quarantine.
Consider Your Accommodation
You might be used to staying in hotels, but you may have to re-evaluate this and choose self-catering accommodation instead.
You could choose a villa or a cottage, so the only people you’ll see are your family. It would also give you the space to let your hair down without constantly being worried about sharing air space with others.
A campervan or caravan might also provide a fun and safe alternative to your usual adventure.
It’s important to make sure that anywhere you book has a full cancellation policy. You never know what might happen and you don’t want to spend hundreds, or even thousands, on a holiday that doesn’t happen.
It’s undeniable that there’s a lot to consider before your family holiday this year.
But much of it is just good old common sense, and if you try and remove the stress when you plan and book, you’ll have a lovely and relaxing trip away.