When you think of city breaks, you may imagine trendy bars and restaurants and designer boutiques. But city breaks aren’t just for adults. This is a fantastic type of holiday for families. If you’re looking for a change from the usual sunshine break by the sea, why not start planning an urban escape? Here are some dos and don’ts to help you eliminate any stress and design a perfect itinerary.
Research where to go
It’s all well and good being spontaneous. But when it comes to traveling with kids, it’s often best to plan ahead. Don’t just book flights on a whim because you like the sound of an exotic city, or you’ve seen photos on Instagram. Look into possible locations for your vacation and do some homework. What is there to do? Is it an affordable option? Is there enough going on to keep the kids entertained?
Create an itinerary
You don’t have to plan a minute by minute timetable, but a rough itinerary will help to make sure you don’t miss anything. If you’re going to Rome or Paris, for example, there are so many things to see. If you’re wasting time wandering around, you may miss out on some of the main attractions. Once you’ve chosen your destination, read some guidebooks and blogs to help you decide what you want to do. It’s also worth getting a map out so that you can see where attractions are in relation to each other.
Find out the best ways to get around
There’s nothing worse than getting lost in an unfamiliar place. Before you go, make sure you know how to get from A to B. Use the Internet to research the metro or underground lines you need. Find out about local buses or trains. It’s also wise to look into potential savings you can make while you’re traveling. You could get an Oyster Card if you’re traveling in London, for example, or make use of discount codes like an Uber first ride offer.
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Stick to the tourist zones
Of course, you want to see the sights. But don’t spend all your time in the tourist zones. Try to avoid visiting bars and restaurants next to attractions as they tend to be very expensive. It’s also worthwhile living like a local. Your experience of a city is likely to be very different as a tourist, so take time to get off the beaten track. Ask friends to show you around, or look for recommendations online.
Assume that hotels are your only option
Your first thought when you’re looking for accommodation in a city may be a hotel, but don’t rule out other options. Hiring an apartment, for example, may be cheaper and more practical. You can come and go as you wish, and cook your own meals. Home swaps may also be an idea.
If you’re interested in taking the kids on a city break, some people may think you’re mad. But visiting large cities offers an incredible experience for youngsters. There’s so much to see and do, and no risk of getting bored. Bear these tips in mind, and hopefully, you’ll have a wonderful time.