With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, none of us know when we’ll be able to travel again. When that day does come, we’re not even certain what travel will look like. However, there are many of us eager to repel cabin fever and hop on a plane bound for far-flung shores as soon as we’re able. For families, travelling always takes a little more preparation and with the current situation, it’s more important than ever before to have a stress-free family holiday. With that in mind, the experts at The Turquoise Holiday Company have conjured up their top five tips to help your next family holiday go as smoothly as possible…

Fly direct

Even if you’re an adventurous family, we’d recommend keeping things simple after COVID-19 with a direct flight to your holiday destination. The various procedures being trialled at airports to limit the spread of coronavirus, from thermal scans to several social distancing measures, mean your airport experience will be a little different to usual. While we’re confident these new measures will cause you minimal disruption, with young ones in tow we’re sure you’d probably only want to go through the process once, rather than having to repeat it if you’re transiting or catching a connecting flight. Once you’re used to the new procedures at airports, then you can spread your wings further.

Use a reputable tour operator

In these uncertain times, it’s essential to bend an expert’s ear when it comes to booking your next family holiday. A reputable tour operator will be on hand to answer any questions you may have throughout the whole process, right from the moment you enquire to after you return from your unforgettable trip. Right now, in what seems like a daily changing landscape, the wealth of knowledge at the fingertips of travel specialists such as those found at The Turquoise Holiday Company is worth its weight in gold. Rest assured, book with a trusted tour operator and your holiday will go without a hitch.

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Pick a family-friendly airline

As well as a direct flight, choosing a family-friendly airline will make the journey to your holiday destination go even more smoothly. There are plenty of airlines which put children first, offering them lots of fun activities and support for the parents. Fly with Qatar Airways and your little ones will have access to the onboard kids’ club, which is packed with fun activities, toys and nutritious meals. Hop on a flight with Emirates and your kids will be kept busy with their travel-themed fun pack (a joint effort with Lonely Planet), bursting with puzzles, crafts and activities. If you’re travelling with really young ones (or simply want a break!), then fly with Etihad and take advantage of its ‘Flying Nanny’ service, who will keep your children entertained throughout the flight.

Stay somewhere you know will look after both you and your children

Okay, so this point seems fairly obvious, but look to stay at a resort that goes beyond just the standard children’s menu and family-friendly activities.

There are plenty of resorts out there which have completely transformed the family experience, boasting kids’ clubs that don’t just have an endless supply of engaging activities, but really tap into your kids’ wildest imagination. The staff here know how much of a big deal a family holiday is, going to great lengths to fulfil your child’s dreams, whether it’s creating their own ice cream flavour at Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives or zip-lining at Constance Ephelia in the Seychelles. Most will have the facilities to be able to look after most ages, from toddlers to teenagers, leaving you adults to have a well-deserved pamper in the spa. If you’re holidaying with a baby, Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius is one of the few resorts which takes care of children right from birth.

Make the holiday an ‘edventure’

If anything good has happened during the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s that we value the importance of travel even more. Family holidays have taken on a bigger significance and there’s a real trend to make sure they’re not just moments to relax and recharge, but adventures where children can learn and pick up interesting new skills, too. These trips are called ‘edventures’, where travel is seen as a form of education. Resorts are wising up to this, too, offering fun and informative activities where youngsters can have a direct positive impact on the place they’re visiting. This can be anything from enrolling on a junior marine biologist programme in the Maldives to learning how to track wildlife in Sri Lanka.

Want some inspiration for your next family holiday? Get in touch with the team at Turquoise Holidays today, by calling 01494 678400 or visiting Turquoise Holidays.

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