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أفضل الخيارات الثنائية مؤشر تحميل That all said, it could also be quite a stressful holiday if a few important issues don’t get considered before you go.
شراء اسهم عن طريق الانترنت Before 5 October 1998, babies and children could be included on a parent or guardian’s passport, however children must now have their own passports to travel abroad. If your grandchild doesn’t have a passport then you can apply for one here.
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مراجعة ثنائي خيار المنتج If you are travelling within the UK, remember to pack your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC – available from the Post Office or apply online). It helps ensure some or all of your health costs will be covered if there is a mutual arrangement between the UK and the country you are visiting. Remember that the EHIC isn’t an alternative to travel insurance, as it will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as lost or stolen property. For these reasons and others, it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist you hold an EHIC and many will waive the excess if you have one.
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Always take a basic first aid kit plus insect repellent and antihistamine cream for bites as the chances a
re you’ll need something from this department whilst you’re away. Rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoeal tablets can also come in very useful. Finally, antiseptic wipes (Germolene make some good ones for kids) kept in your handbag are great for a quick wipe of hands, grazes or even loo seats.
It is a good idea for any child travelling abroad to be up to date with his or her immunisations. Their parents should have a red book that has recorded when and whether each of their jabs has been given.
Ideas for destinations
There is a world out there of fabulous resorts and stunning settings to have a fantastic holiday both you and your family will remember.
Think about the places you will enjoy, will feel relaxed and comfortable in. If you are travelling with a baby/babies only, then travel for yourselves. Babies don’t care where they stay as long as it’s with you. If you have older grandchildren then consider whether there will be scope for the children to have fun too. Remember that a hectic see-it-all holiday will probably end in frustration because allowing time is also very important.
Even if you have the luxury of a longer trip, don’t try to do and see everything – that risks overload and you are likely to find the children harder to handle. Allowing more time for them to potter around on a river beach, collect stones, play hide and seek in hollow trees or scramble on rocks will let you relax too.
Pick one spot to stay and content yourself with planning occasional short day trips from there. It’s hard for children to adjust to new surroundings every night, and packing and repacking isn’t much fun for you either.
If you have more than one small child per adult you may find a destination in northern Europe difficult since these can be rather child-unfriendly where children are not always welcome in hotels. The exception being the Scandinavian countries, which are very geared up for children. In southern Europe and the less industralised world, people will flock to help (yes please.)
Choose places to stay where young families are welcome, so you don’t feel as though you have to apologise all the time when your grandchildren just act like children and you don’t have to constantly say NO to them. Choose places that offer safe, enclosed play areas so your little ones can toddle about without setting pulses racing. A destination like this offers your grandchildren a great opportunity to interact with other children his or her own age.
Many holiday companies and hotels offer excellent family friendly destinations with all the extras provided. However, just because hotels don’t actually publicise that they are child friendly, many of them actually are. Choose the hotels you would like to stay in and then ask if they have facilities for families with young children, otherwise you will be limiting your choices to those which go overboard on child-friendliness.
Some good destinations are:
- Balearic Islands – Menorca, Majorca, Fuerteventura, Ibiza
- Canary Islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote
- Greece – Crete, Zante, Kos, Kefalonia
With so many travel companies going bust, it is more worthwhile than ever to book your holiday through a reputable travel companies. Here are links to some of the best:
- British Airways
- Thomas Cook
Planning a holiday with your grandchildren? Don’t book a thing until you’ve read the brilliant Grandparents Guide to the great getaway, packed full of tips that all you savvy travellers have passed on us.
كيف اشتري اسهم ابل By Charlotte Lloyd Owen, Grannynet