This is a featured guest post talking about how travelling further afield does not have to stop once you have children. Tall Dad and I visited Thailand before we had children, and we would love to be able to share those kinds of holidays and experiences with our girls, definitely food for thought.
When you’re a young, carefree singleton or even one half of a youthful couple, the world seems like your oyster. You can be sitting in the pub one winter evening, wallowing in the warm glow of beer, comfortable seats and good conversation when the thought of Paraguay or Lithuania enters your head and gets the same reception as if you were mulling over whether to get an extra packet of crisps or not.
A week or so later, you’re there, it’s that easy! No one to answer to, no-one to think about. No responsibilities.
Then you decide to have children, and suddenly it all stops. The more exotic, far-flung reaches of the planet become somewhere that you hear about on the news or see advertised by travel agents but deem out of your reach. The possibility of going to Fiji or Kenya seems as remote and unlikely as going to the moon but all inclusive family resorts could be the way to go.
Granted, they might not represent the proper travelling that you enjoyed in your youth, when you would happily set off across India with nothing more than a backpack, a torch and a tattered map but these resorts are a way to keep on seeing the world whilst having your children with you.
Why is going all inclusive the sensible option for families?
As a parent, you really know the meaning of the word ‘stress’. Your children, as much as you love them, are the main contributors to your stress levels but going all inclusive reduces these by taking care of the little things, leaving you free to enjoy your holiday. Rather than spending valuable time traipsing around a supermarket or trying to negotiate with a stubborn taxi driver for an airport transfer, you can relax, soak up the sun and relax by the pool.
All inclusive holidays are a terrific idea for parents because more often than not, the hotel in which you are staying will provide entertainment and facilities specifically catered for children, maintained and watched over by trained adults, leaving mum and dad free to have a bit of a snooze in the shade.
You may love your children, but you probably don’t want to spend every waking moment with them. Go all inclusive and let somebody else take care of them whilst you give yourself some much needed attention instead!