Are you considering a trip to Scotland or somewhere else during the next midterm – here are some things to consider. By following these amazing and useful family holiday tips to make your trip will be more memorable and safer than others.
Top 5 Family Holiday Tips That Makes Your Trip More Memorable
Understand Your Feelings About the Holiday
What memories do you consider most important for you to take home? Is the holiday that you booked the holiday of your dreams? Does it have the culture, adventure, relaxation, or recreation you want? If not, in what ways can you make them part of your trip?
Next, stop and think about how you would like to feel on your family holiday. Are you looking forward to fun and laughter; love and connection; or peace and calm? Get to understand the feelings that bring you the greatest happiness and choose your top 3 to focus on. Think about Scottish breaks for a fantastic holiday with plenty to offer.
Keep Your Feelings About the Holiday in Mind
Ensure that you keep those feelings that you have about the holiday at the top of your mind. Make them a top priority. How can you make them part of your trip with the choices that you make each day? Ask yourself, what can we do today to bring us closer to [love, fun, connection]?
If fun and laughter are what you want, do you need to get down with your children and play? Jump into the pool and splash around, even though it is cold? At the end of every day, you should reflect on whether your day was filled with family moments and experiences that produced the desired feelings.
Breathing helps with virtually everything, everybody can do it, and it just takes a minute. Picture this, upon your arrival at the airport, you come across crowds of people everywhere, you have far too much hand luggage, miles to walk to your gate, children to entertain, or needing the washroom in the customs queue right now; then your flight is suddenly delayed and you find yourself stuck at the airport for hours.
You start feeling yourself spiraling down the rabbit hole filled with all undesirable feelings and thoughts. “This is incredibly unfair,” “Why does this happen to us every time?”. Take a moment to just breathe. Try it for about 1 minute.
Breathe in through the nose for the count of 5 and then breathe out through the nose for a count of 5 and repeat this process 3 times. It is a great exercise for calming the nervous system, to start moving out of the fight or flight stress response. Now, you can refocus on how you would like to feel when considering what you will do next.
Refill Your Cup
If you are exhausted, then staying positive and focusing on the happy family feelings that were emphasized above can be a tall order. Burning the candle at either end and batteries are almost empty, you become the priority. As airlines usually advise, always fit your own oxygen mask first. If you’re empty, it essentially means that you will not have anything left to give to your family. Set the expectation that you require some ‘me’ time each and every day of your trip.
If you can manage a massage session, that would be great. Otherwise, you can focus on something small each day that’s just for you and makes you feel good too. What is that small, simple thing that you can do to keep your cup filled up? Leave the children with your partner and just take a walk – even after the children have already gone to bed, take a bath, watch the sunset, complete a puzzle, read a book. It is highly recommended that the activity you choose is screen-free. If you want to experience true relaxation and time with yourself, you should definitely go old school.
Be Kind to Yourself
If you ever find yourself under too much pressure, your cup can quickly empty again. Any focus on family holidays feelings will be gone and overwhelm, upset, anger, and hurt will start to creep in. Now is the time to be kind to yourself with self-forgiveness and self-compassion.
Everybody will lose it at times, but spending the rest of your day locked in those feelings or even feeling guilty that you have become an angry parent again is not helpful for anyone. Take yourself away for several moments, breath, and remind yourself that you are actually doing the best that you can. Your best will always be relative to your energy levels and circumstances, which means that it will not always look the same.
So these are some of the amazing Family Holiday Tips that can help everyone who wants to have a memorable trip to Scotland. If you have any queries or feedback then you can drop them n the comment section below.