Looking for the perfect package holiday can be a nightmare. Not just because there are so many travel operators vying for attention, but if you’re looking into package holidays, it’s important to make sure all the elements are just right for you. After working out your budget, the theme (romantic, family, city break, beach holiday, winter sun) and ticking off everything on your ‘must-see’ and ‘must-do’ list… well, it can all get a little bit much. And when you’ve a young family to think about, things can get even trickier. But help is at hand. There’s a new promotion in town, and it’s the ‘infants go free’ deal. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Parents, breathe easy.
Well, that’s a load off. But it’s not quite everything. Whether it’s your first time travelling with young children, or even if you are a seasoned baby-on-holiday expert, there are a few things you might want to think about before going on that all-important package holiday with your adorable infant(s) in tow.
If you’re taking advantage of an ‘infants go free’ deal, you’ll be travelling with very young children. It’s important to make sure the holiday you book is child-friendly. Look out for travel operators that offer themed holidays especially for families. After six months, babies can be taken pretty much anywhere, so as long as it’s a family friendly package, you can go right ahead and book that dream holiday. Here are a few things to consider when booking that family holiday:
• Remember to take all your essentials. Make a list, be methodical, bring enough of everything and a basic supply of anything you know you can buy at your destination.
• Vaccinations: Little ones can be susceptible to all sorts of bugs, so check with your GP in advance of departure what the best procedure is insofar as vaccinations and medication go. Remember, babies under 6 months cannot be given certain vaccines.
• Priority boarding: if it’s available, book it in advance.
• Feeding during take-off and landing: the pressure change can affect a young baby’s ears. Feeding, whether by breast or by formula, can combat these effects and ensure a happy baby.
• Check to see whether your package holiday includes transfers to and from the airport and/or hotel. Booking public transport last-minute with a jet-lagged baby is a hassle to be avoided.
• If you are planning on hiring a car on holiday, consider bringing a car seat.
• The hotel: check there is a children’s pool, and that there are suitable entertainment options. Most good family holiday packages will book with hotels that have a children’s play area. Check with your travel operator in advance, they should be happy to help!
What exactly does ‘infants go free’ mean?
Infants are usually classed as children up to 24 months of age. Travel operators offering an ‘infants go free’ deal allow infants travel and accommodation in the package holiday you have booked at no extra cost. Check with your operator for details.
Where can I get it?
Jet2holidays.com are currently offering an ‘infants go free’ deal for all holidays departing between 2nd March 2012 and 31st March 2013, returning on or before 7th April 2013.