Top 5 tips for a stress free Easter trip

When my lovely friends from Q Hotels asked me how I prepared for family breaks and how we mange a stress free Easter it really got me thinking, anyone who reads my blog know all I think about is traveling, and spend ages planning trips. With Easter coming up I thought I would share our tips on how we manage stress free family travel.

 

Top 5 tips for a stress-free Easter trip

  • Do your research; there is nothing worse than being stressed because you are in an environment that is not child friendly. I always look for a hotel that welcomes families, has a pool area or sports facilities of some kind, and is close to an exciting place to explore.
  • I also look for lovely rooms; we love to be in beautiful surroundings. Somewhere you can go for a walk, and a hotel that has a restaurant and bar area so we can eat if we decide to. The boys love a hot chocolate before bed, so a hotel bar allows them to enjoy a hot chocolate, whilst we enjoy a glass of wine.

Tips for Stress Free Easter Travel

Our half term Q Hop

  • When researching locations, I look for places the Boys would love to visit, somewhere that is fun, yet they can learn something. And also somewhere Mum and Dad can have a nice meal. Cities like Manchester, Leeds, or the very beautiful Stratford-Upon-Avon are perfect for family breaks, I could go on here the list is endless. The UK has so many wonderful places and experiences to offer families.

Top 5 tips for a stress-free Easter trip

  • Build a holiday survival kit; I usually make a kit up for each of the boys. Although Jack is growing out of it a little now, sobs.  I pack a personalised notebook with their picture on the front, and pens and pencils. A pack of top trumps or cards, Joe loves cars so I always put a couple of cars in.
  • And comic or puzzle book, and some healthy snacks such as raisins. They don’t get to see their holiday survival kit until we are in the car, this way they are entertained for the whole journey with things they have never seen before. I also put a film onto their I pads and take their earphones so they can watch a movie as we travel. Board games are also great additions.

Q Hotels family ambassador

  • Prepare for bad weather. British weather is so unpredictable isn’t it? So I always prepare a list of indoor activities, every town and city has a museum and even if they are sometimes not excited by the idea, they always get engaged and enjoy themselves. I also look for Jacks favourite shops, as a teen he loves certain brands and enjoys shopping for himself,  this is always a winner. Or find a hotel like Hellidon Lakes that gas its very own bowling alley

Hellidon Lakes Golf And Spa Resort, Q Hop Day 3

So those are the Christie tips on stress free on your Easter trip, I love showing the boys the world and all it has to offer. I hope it creates memories for the future and inspires them to continue traveling throughout their lives and with their families.

28 Comments

  1. 2nd March 2015 / 9:24 pm

    Fab tips lovely. I especially love the survival kit idea. xx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      2nd March 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks Aby, honestly they are so useful and the boys really look forward to them x

      • SarahJChristie
        SarahJChristie
        Author
        10th March 2015 / 9:31 pm

        Thanks Aby x

  2. 3rd March 2015 / 1:58 pm

    Great tips Sarah… I am NEVER organised when taking trips and tend to wing it. I am definitely going to give trips a bit more thought in future though, to get the most out of them xxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      3rd March 2015 / 8:30 pm

      Thanks Maria, honestly it makes life so much easier if you are prepared x

  3. 3rd March 2015 / 4:40 pm

    I love these tips Sarah. I absolutely love researching before we go away for nights and holidays. Sometimes my hubby jokes that I spend more time researching than we do travelling sometimes !

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      3rd March 2015 / 8:32 pm

      Tracey I can see from our chats on twitter that you and I are out of the same mould when it comes to holiday planning x

  4. 4th March 2015 / 5:53 am

    yes prep for bad weather is a UK trip essential!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      4th March 2015 / 8:31 pm

      Yes it is, theres nothing worse than rain ruining a trip x

  5. 4th March 2015 / 12:32 pm

    Love these tips! come spring when we go away I’ll need all the help I can get… i’ll just print this shall I?!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      4th March 2015 / 8:33 pm

      Haha Katie, its a learning curve isn’t it? x

  6. 4th March 2015 / 9:08 pm

    A holiday survival kit is such a good idea, I really need to write a list of all the things that are lightweight and their favourites so I can grab them easily when we go away! x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      4th March 2015 / 9:18 pm

      Do you know what is great Kate, the figure sets from the Disney Store, my two used to love them in fact Joe has the Cars set and has taken it all over x

  7. 6th March 2015 / 11:57 am

    Fab tips – I do something similar! #TheList

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      6th March 2015 / 8:22 pm

      Thank you x

  8. 6th March 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Preparing for bad weather is definitely the key I think. no such thing as the wrong weather just the wrong clothes!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      6th March 2015 / 8:31 pm

      You are so right Karen, this is a great saying x

  9. 7th March 2015 / 5:52 pm

    Great tips! You’re so right of course, when travelling with children, research is always important, especially since not all places are children-friendly 😉 Love the last tip, btw – so true 😉 #countrykids.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      7th March 2015 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks Dean, yes I always try to have something planned up my sleeve for a backup plan x

  10. 7th March 2015 / 7:42 pm

    I love the idea of a holiday survival kit, what an original idea and so practical. I wish I had thought of this when mine were young! Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      7th March 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Thanks Fiona, it has got us out of many a sticky situation in the past, kids love to be occupied don’t they ? xx

  11. 7th March 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Great post. The British weather does seem to have an impact on our activities (both positively and negatively!).

    I am like you, I need to be organised and have things to keep my girls occupied. My friends call me Mary Poppins with all the things I bring out of my bag!

    Found you through #countrykids

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      8th March 2015 / 10:49 am

      Haha Mary Poppins, that great, would it be great to have that bag xx

  12. 8th March 2015 / 3:21 am

    I am in Melbourne and we also need to be organised for bad weather. Melbourne can experience all 4 seasons in one day so having a back up plan is important for everyones sanity.

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      8th March 2015 / 10:52 am

      Yes Natalie, its so important to be organised isn’t it xx

  13. 22nd March 2016 / 7:02 am

    Love your idea of a secret survival kit

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      23rd March 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Becky it works a treat every time x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.