Family holidays are all about having fun and sharing stress-free quality time with the loved ones. But, we rarely get to enjoy the precious time away from home without bringing some regular family problems along the way. Striking the right balance between adventure and relaxation might be the best solution for your next family vacation. And, your Sriseeker travel specialist just might have some helpful tips on how to achieve it!
1. Choosing a destination that will inspire everyone
Choosing a stress-free destination is synonymous with a stress-free holiday. Sri Lanka is blessed with a wide range of landscapes, climates and localities. From the high-ranging mountains and waterfalls, through the lush rainforests, down to the friendly local countryside, all the way to the shimmering golden beaches - there is enough natural variety to satisfy the most avid traveler. This also means that everyone in the family will get to experience at least one truly inspiring destination while on holiday. The easy tropical weather may not be for everyone, but the cooler tea plantations may be just the right "cup of Ceylon tea". The cultural riches of the Golden Triangle and the extensive amount of bio-diversity that you'll encounter will make for a memorable family journey with lots of tales to recount back home.
2. Designing flexible itineraries for all ages
You might want to pack a lot in your family adventure in Asia, but when it comes to "keeping up with the babies or the boomers," not everyone in the family might share your enthusiasm. It is always wise to keep your itinerary open and to plan for "slower" days when everyone can catch up. Fewer stops with more days in between might be the ideal scenario to take in the local history as well as account for unexpected changes in the weather. It also helps with finding time to do laundry and avoid having to pack your bags every other day, which can be a real downside of tedious family packing. Ask your trip specialist to recommend the locations best designed for longer stays, so you can take real advantage of each stop. And remember, disconnect your devices to reduce unnecessary "screen-time" - quality family time is all about making time first-and-foremost for the family.
3. Requesting family-friendly accommodations that won't break the bank
A family villa on the beach sounds like your type of family vacation? Why not make it a regular accommodation feature throughout your trip? You can experience a variety of family-friendly stays from high-end hotels featuring large family suites, to budget-conscious homestays with a charming local family that will be the highlight of your entire adventure. One key ingredient to keep in mind is the availability of a swimming pool - a big lifesaver for those rambunctious 3-year-olds. Sri Lankans are very family-oriented and you can find a large selection of affordable family accommodations throughout the island. But, if you want to go for that premium experience - a kid's club or a babysitter with a five-star resort - Sri Lanka has many tantalizing stress-free family solutions to offer. Simply make your request for family-friendly accommodations and mention your kids' ages to get the best out of each stay.
4. Setting aside one-on-one time
Whether it is booking a spa session for your over-worked mommy, or getting your dad surfing lessons with a pro - make sure that you plan for "alone" time for every adult family member on the trip. There is nothing like having an amazing adventure all-to-yourself, while sill being able to share the excitement with the rest of the family. It also gives you the much-needed downtime away from family dynamics, and factors in important moments for self-reflection. If you are a single parent juggling a demanding career with family obligations back home, setting aside one-on-one time with each child can be instrumental in improving communication and overall child-parent relationships. You might even want to consider traveling with asolo-child, it is amazing how kids open up when they step outside the usual sibling dynamics. Overall, consider your family holidays a time for reconnecting and renewing important bonds, and don't be afraid to step outside your family's comfort zone.
5. A group activity to remember
A shared memorable family activity will be the highlight of your trip that everyone will remember for years to come. Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for fun-packed family-friendly excursions featuring treks in the rainforest, dolphin and whale watching, white water rafting, hot air balloon flights and lots more. But, the most iconic of them is the famed elephant safari featuring large herds of pachyderms grazing on tall grasses in one of many national parks. Watch the babies playfully imitate the adult elephants and spot many more other wildlife species in the distance. Observing wild animals in their natural habitat is a rare educational adventure for every member of the family, no matter how old or young. Ask Sriseeker for recommendations on environmentally friendly options to visit a protected wild zone in Sri Lanka.
Are you ready for an exciting family adventure that brings you a peace of mind and doesn't cash our all your savings? With Sriseeker you'll experience a hassle-free holiday that takes in account all your family's needs for a comfortable and memorable vacation. We'll make sure to plan a few surprises along the way, but only of a good kind!