5 tips for a perfect relaxing holiday

Holidays are about kicking back and relaxing, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. A little careful planning before you leave can make the difference between a relaxing holiday and a stressful one, especially if you have to pack for a whole family for your annual getaway. Here are our top tips for making your holiday the best it can be.

1. Choose your destination carefully

Whether you’re going on holiday alone, as a couple, as a family or with a group of
friends, it’s important to decide in advance what type of holiday you want – and to ensure everyone is happy with the choice. Relaxing holiday destinations mean different things to different people; while some like deserted beaches and downtime to soak up the sun, others prefer to relax with sports and activities, and others might prefer to immerse themselves in the local culture. If you’re looking for a fun yet laid-back holiday for families, pick a place with plenty to entertain the children, whether that's kids clubs or facilities, and options for separate mealtimes if they’re little.

2. Go all-inclusive

It’s easy to strike a balance and find something for everyone if you choose the right type of holiday, and often that means go all-inclusive. Holiday companies like Club Med offer a huge range of activities and destinations to suit everyone – and choosing all-inclusive removes a lot of stress. One booking takes care of every detail including your flight and transfer to the resort, accommodation, meals, drinks, childcare, entertainment and sports. An all-inclusive holiday will ensure everyone in your group has their own perfect holiday, no matter how they want to relax.

Mark Hodson, editor of the travel inspiration site 101 Holidays, advises: “The key is to get your worrying and planning done before you set off. Going all-inclusive is a sure-fire way to reduce holiday stress, as you don’t need to worry about budgeting and a lot of decision making is done for you.”

3. Spoil yourself

Holidays are also the time to try something new. Book a massage or a body scrub at the start of the trip to get your skin feeling beach-ready and your mind feeling relaxed