Planning a family holiday can be stressful, the good news is – it needn’t be. The best way to avoid any unnecessary anxieties is to make things as simple as possible. Be realistic about how many places you’ll visit, and always go at the pace of the youngest member of your family.
If you’re thinking about a family holiday to Ubud, Bali, this article will help you plan a stress-free trip that stays in everyone’s hearts and memories for years to come. You might also want to check out this tourist secrets Asia guide.
How to Plan a Stress-Free Family Holiday to Ubud, Bali
The secret to planning a stress-free holiday is to only plan the bits you can control. If your itinerary isn’t too strict, then you won’t get too flustered if an unexpected toddler nap or sleepless night derails your day.
There are my top tips to plan a stress-free family holiday to Ubud, Bali:
Book a villa for a stress-free family holiday
Picking a family villa in Ubud shouldn’t be too hard. There are lots to choose from, with different facilities at a range of prices. We’ve got two kids, so we’d go for one with three bedrooms, but if you travel with other family members, much bigger villas are available.You’ll probably want a villa a little away from the town centre, to get the true tropical paradise experience.
Staying in a villa in Ubud is a great way to keep the holiday relaxed. In a villa you run to your own schedule, without needing to be mindful of when staff might want to clean your room. It also gives you the freedom to prepare your own food whenever you feel like it, which is likely to be handy if you’ve got young children with you.
Take entertainment for the flight
Give your holiday a stress-free start by keeping the kids entertained on the way. Whether you’ve travelled far or only a short distance, it’s important to keep your children entertained. This is often easier said than done and probably involved more planning than the entire getaway! Load tablets up with their favourite films, bring colouring, travel games and maybe some puppets. If you wear your children out early on in the journey, they’re likely to nap and give you a little peace once they feel they’ve been suitably entertained!
Split your ‘to-do’ list into MUST SEE and MIGHT SEE
Overloading your schedule is a surefire way to cause stress. Family holidays are often dictated by children’s whims and general mood swings. If you split your list up into things you definitely want to see or do, and things you would like to see but could miss if you had to, it takes the pressure off the whole family.
For example, I’d love to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and I know I’d be upset if I missed out. I’d also like to visit the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, but I know if we didn’t get chance, it’s not something I’d regret for the rest of my life. As with all family holidays, you need to factor in time to explore and time to relax, otherwise you’ll come home even more exhausted than when you left!
Follow all of these tips and you’ll manage a wonderful stress-free family getaway to Ubud.
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