Family trips can easily become a household tradition and worth keeping! But, you must know that it takes a bit of planning to have a pleasant experience. So, if you have not done it before, or lack a bit of guidance, check out our short cheat sheet on how to plan a trip to Europe with a family.
How to Plan a Trip to Europe with a Family
Now, this part is relatively easy. Though you should think about the duration of your trip and how many travel companions are with you if you want to make the right choice.
The most popular options are always hotels or apartments from Airbnb. If you are traveling with small children, you might want to think about an Airbnb simply for the comfort and feel of a home.
However, if your holiday party is mostly adults or older children, hotels are an excellent choice for some privacy and serene, quiet time.
As with everything else, we suggest booking any sort of accommodations in advance – the prices will be a bit lower, and you will ensure yourself the desired housing.
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Now, this is the most essential part of all the preparations you will be doing! A good itinerary is necessary if you want to do lots of exploration and sightseeing. If you have too much free time on your hands, you are in danger of flailing more and seeing less.
That being said, it should be quite easy to make up an itinerary when you choose the region you wish to explore. For example, let’s say you choose Central Europe.
In that case, write out the order of your destinations, and be quite literal! For example:
- Days 1-3 – exploring Brno;
- Day 4 – Prague;
- Day 5 – Prague to Berlin train;
- Day 6-7 – Berlin, then a trip to Munich…
And so on.
Gather the whole family together and think about what you want to do together! Teamwork is dream work!
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You might say that activities belong to the itinerary. And while you are not entirely wrong, there is more to it than that. Especially when traveling with a family.
It is essential to balance out everyone’s wishes so that all members of the party are comfortable and happy! The first step is trying to fit every single activity in the days you will have together.
That will not be possible most of the time, so the next step is to start eliminating the least-priority ones. Follow the same principle until every member has had a say and will get to see something they want, and you are still good with time!
Keep in mind that traveling with children also puts pressure on your time spent doing something. So think about what might be fun to do for both adults and kids!
The last detail you should consider while planning the trip – what is the best way to navigate with a family in tow?
There are two main options: public transportation and rental cars. While both have advantages and disadvantages, the most significant particular is the number of holidaymakers!
We suggest considering rental cars if the number of travelers stays at three or four members – that way you will move quicker and will definitely be more comfortable.
However, if your party is bigger, for example two families merging for a holiday, trains and buses might be the best choice for you.
There is no need to rent two or more cars when the whole group can fit on a train and have exciting, quality time together! By the way, railway systems in Europe are highly well-developed, so no hardship there!
Locomotive in Europe
Hopefully, we steered you in the right direction in planning your next epic family holiday! But, at the end of the day, the most important thing is who you are with – other than that, just have a good time, and the best Eurotrip ever!