Weekend breaks are becoming an increasingly popular holiday choice for parents with young children. We all know the controversy around taking your kids out of school for a holiday – and we also know all too well the costly prices of flights and hotels during the vacation period. With all this in mind, it’s a sad reality that many families cannot actually afford to take their kids away on a summer vacation. But this is where the weekend break comes in. More and more major cities and even lesser-known spots have cottoned on to the fact that many of us are now coming away out of season, just for a couple of days. Therefore, there’s really been no better time to make the most of it. Here’s the ultimate guide to acing a family weekend break like a pro.

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Choose your destination wisely

As previously mentioned, most destinations are now prepared for weekend travellers – whether said destination is a tiny village or a big city. But it is worth discussing with your family what kind of holiday you want first. If your children are huge extroverts who need to be entertained at all times, a busy city where there is lots to do will be your best option. But if you’re all just looking for somewhere that you can relax, you might be able to book a cheap break in a more rural setting. However, you will need to take into account how close you are to local amenities. Staying in the city centre is a great way to ensure that you are near everything of importance. With that in mind, serviced apartments can be found here, so that you’re always in the hub of activity. If you’re taking a car, these things shouldn’t be too much of an issue for you. But if you’re relying on public transport, you’ll need to know in advance how close you are to train and bus routes.

Plan in advance

As more and more people hop on the weekend break bandwagon, things to do become much more lucrative. Therefore it’s always advisable to plan your activities in advance and if you can, book tickets to attractions prior to arriving. Doing this is also a good way to become aware of deals, so you may save money too. When you only have a few days in a certain place, it’s vital that you get the most out of your time there. So look at attractions that are reasonably near each other. In many cases, you may even be able to walk between them.

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Travel light

Weekend breaks can either be overseas, or you might choose to do what is now known as a ‘staycation‘. But either way, don’t fall victim to packing way more than you actually need. If you’re travelling somewhere by plane, you will be bound by luggage restrictions. But more often than not, taking a hold bag on the plane for the sake of a couple of days isn’t really worth it. You will be able to fit most things that you need into your hand luggage, and remember that you can buy things such as shampoo and toothpaste out there.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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