By MAMAMIA TEAM
Although we’re sure we complained ungratefully at the time, the long and lazy weeks spent at the beach with our parents during summer family holidays gone by – swimming twice a day, snorkelling in rock pools, lazing in the sun with dried salt visible on our skin – are some of the fondest memories we have.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Novotel. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
In Mamamia’s recent travel survey, we asked 2500 of you about what you were looking for in your next family holiday. The answers were as varied and diverse as well, you all. But there were a few key tidbits of information that stood out.
From this information, we have created the 9 family holiday commandments (we’re still looking for the 10th commandment, so we invite your suggestions in the comments below). Follow these pieces of collective wisdom, and we guarantee that throughout the coming year you’ll manage to unwind, de-stress and have a holiday worth remembering.
1. Thou shalt make time for a family holiday this year.
Our survey revealed that 8 out of 10 families are planning a trip this year – but that still leaves 2 out of 10 who aren’t. Holidays are easy to put off, despite how much we all want them. We often want to wait until we have more time to organise a trip, or until we have more money, or until we’re less busy at work. But holidays don’t have to be expensive, or time consuming, or hard to organise. 6 out of 10 travel to spend quality time with their family – which is something it’s worth making the time for. Our advice: just go. Relax, enjoy yourself, and have fun with your family.
2. Thou shalt not holiday with the in-laws.
6 out of 10 of you aren’t keen on holidaying with the in-laws (the other 4 out of 10, as you were). Obviously there are some family gatherings throughout the year when getting the whole family together is unavoidable – and, let’s face it, probably turns out to be a lot of fun – but if you want to take a mini-break just with your nearest and dearest… Then go for it. Don’t feel obligated to turn every holiday into the equivalent of 1000 Greek ships sailing to Troy (i.e. just a little bit too dramatic).
3. Thou shalt let Mum call the shots (but step in if she needs some help).
When it comes down to just one adult in the family making the family holiday decisions, there’s a 15-1 chance it’s mum. And, given the seemingly unending work that mums do every day, it seems fair to let the mums pick the kind of holiday they want to have. That said, sisters, brothers, children and dads: do step in if it looks like mums needs some help. Everyone is supposed to be having a bit of a holiday, after all.