Just in time for school holidays, Australia’s best travel agents have revealed the ultimate family travel hacks and trends to keep all families happy.
Family travel can often go from important bonding to a family hell-iday, if travellers are not careful. Family travellers should keep these travel hacks from ATAS* travel experts in mind to make sure you have the experience of a lifetime.
Family travel hacks
- 1. Don’t bore them to death with big, old dusty buildings, AKA churches and temples
Sometimes, it helps to decide what you don’t want in a family holiday first. Brandon Norton, a travel agent of 19 years, warns against focusing on “temples, churches, pagodas, cathedrals and any other name you can come up with for a big, old dusty building with zero entertainment value for kids”.
- Choose comfortable accommodation and fewer destinations
Travel manager Julie Avery says it is important to think hard about the practicalities: is that exclusive resort (and matching, upmarket clientele) going to make you feel uncomfortable? Are you trying to pack in too many destinations (and flight connections, and stopovers…)?
- Work with a travel professional to guarantee interconnecting rooms
Travel consultant Melissa Regan says one of the biggest mistakes is “pre-booking interconnecting rooms and not receiving them. This is always a request, but booking with an agent means we will source hotels that normally confirm this, so there are no surprises”.
Seven Family Travel Trends
- Family cruising
- South African safari
- Aussie safari
- Volunteer work with other kids
- Adventure travel with baby on your back
- Special occasion blowouts
- Getting into the theme of things