According to Girish Shenoy, a banker and a father of two daughters (aged eight and three), a vacation with kids is a sure way to get post-vacation stress. “You not only blow your budget with extra add-ons, with each kid demanding something other than what is provided in terms of food and amenities, but also come back tired instead of refreshed,” he says. The story is more or less similar for every couple with children. Shubhra Jaiswal (39) too, came back stressed from her recent holiday as there was nothing much to do for her two kids at the place chosen by her for the family’s vacation. “I realised that finding beforehand what activities or fun things are there for your kids is of supreme importance,” says Shubhra. She suggests going for holidays which are all-inclusive, so that needs of each and every person of the family is taken care of.
What to do when you are there
– Many resorts offer in-room babysitting or kids’ activities. Make use of the service so that you can have a relaxed evening. If that’s not available, order room service when the children are asleep.
– Try to draw up a rough schedule of things you’d like to do with the kids. It eliminates incessant questions like ‘When are we taking a boat ride?’ or ‘Can I go to the fun zone now?’ It is good to have a schedule even on holidays when you have to deal with children.