Christmas is one of the most popular times to travel, after all it’s when most people get time off work. Tis the season to spoil yourself and those you love, so a little break is a great way to spend quality time with the family. Holidays should be relaxing, however travelling with family, particularly at Christmas time, isn’t always the most relaxing experience. Whether the whole family is heading overseas or just living it up in a holiday house by the beach, tensions can run high. We’re here to rescue you from a grinchy Christmas with our top 5 tips on how to survive the holidays with family and friends.
They say you can’t choose your family and sometimes that means you can’t choose whether you travel with them either. If you struggle with spending too much time with certain relatives, it’s important for everyone to set their expectations early. By agreeing on everything from budgets, activities, chores and even alone time, you should be able to coordinate a peaceful holiday free of meltdowns or disappointment. It also helps to have a friendly ally, so if you’ve got a rello that you’re good mates with then stick with them as much as you can.
It’s important to consider who is travelling and what everyone’s holiday goals are when choosing where to holiday. Are you continuing a tradition, wanting to experience something or somewhere new or do you all just want to relax? There’s no right answer here really, as long as everyone is on the same page. Wherever you go, you’ll be creating and sharing new memories. Of course an adventure can be fun, but it can also create some unknown aspects that can cause chaos for some.
There’s nothing like being crammed in to give you cabin fever and have relatives of all ages snapping at each other. Ensure you won’t be stuck in each other’s back pockets by staying somewhere large enough to comfortably accommodate everybody. It’s amazing what a bit of space can do for keeping the peace. A central area is great for hanging out, swapping stories and opening presents and is the perfect way to bring everyone together while still enjoying some space when you need a break from everyone.
Activities need to offer variety and should be well thought out beforehand. Thinking ahead means families of all ages will be entertained. Smaller groups are best for special interest activities while bigger groups are a great way to spend time together. Beach walks, shell collecting and beach cricket are fun ways to get everyone involved while fishing trips are great for the guys and older kids and shopping will score you points with the girls and younger children. You’ll enjoy swapping stories at the end of the day and you just never know, gran might just surprise you with her catching skills.
The most important thing to remember is that a holiday is meant to be fun and relaxing, a break from the stress and busywork of daily life. It should be an enjoyable experience for all involved and a bit of ‘me’ time is crucial to being able to appreciate spending time with your friends and family. Unfortunately going back to work is just around the corner so it’s important that you feel relaxed, refreshed and ready to start saving for next year.