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apartments so the the kids and parents can have separate bedrooms.
Trying to co-exist in a one room motel room with fold away beds for the
kids might be an adventure for one night, but more than that it could
ruin the holiday from lack of sleep.
Watch out for
places that say they are one or more bedrooms but where one of the
bedrooms is a mezzanine or cannot be shut off. If a bedroom
doesn't have a door it isn't very peaceful for the occupant.
Holidays are for
the parents too. Accommodation that has a kids club is a big plus.
The kids enjoy the activities a kids club provide and gives the parents
some adult time..
Watch out that
many kids clubs only run during school holidays or are only open for
limited times during non-school holiday periods. its always worth
Even if your
accommodation doesn't have a kids club, in some areas its possible to
use a kids club at a nearby resort.
If flying to the
holiday destination, consider renting a car when your there. Bus
or taxi transport for a family can be expensive and even more so than
renting a small car.
A car also gives
the flexibility to go where an when you want without spending valuable
holiday time want for transport. Most car rental
companies can provide baby seats on request. But do get a map so the
time saved isn't wasted getting lost (most companies provide maps).
We have all
heard of ipods and similar players. But they are not just for
music. Load up the player with kids stories and nursery rhymes and
travelling in a car will never be so peaceful.
Heaps of stories
and children's songs can be downloaded via from iTunes, just follow the
podcast links- most are free, iTunes can be used even if you have a MP3
player other than a ipod.
out the Location
It is one thing to checkout the accommodation,
but it is hard to research what the surrounding area is like.
There's nothing worse than having a nice apartment with a great balcony
right next to a busy road (it has happened to [email protected]).
Try Google maps (www.maps.google.com). It will show roads and aerial maps in quite
good detail. Find where you will be staying on the maps and see if
there's a freeway next door.