If you still need to pack a baby travel mat then you will know just how stressful going on holiday can be.
You have to make sure you have everything you will need, sort out your travel arrangements, hope the accommodation is as nice as the brochure said it was, and then finally, carry out everything you would do at home in a different country and even in a different language.
There is a saying among expats that moving abroad is just the ‘same old stuff, different weather’ and there can be a degree of that on holiday too.
Once you have a family it is important to make sure that you are travelling somewhere that is family friendly, where you will be able to relax as much as possible on holiday.
Head to Croatia
One of those ideal destinations is Croatia.
The tourism in this country is mainly focused around its amazing beaches which spread up and down its very long coast line, as well as on the innumerable islands that dot the Adriatic.
If beaches aren’t your idea of fun then head inland to see amazing parks and lakes, such as Plitvice Lakes National Park.
There are also a wide range of historical monuments to see across the whole country, due to a significant Greek and Roman presence in the country, as well as later Venetian influence.
Going to the beach
The beaches in Croatia stretch the length of the entire country, so don’t worry about finding one. Do bear in mind that many of the beaches are rocky, though the majority of public beaches will have manmade platforms for you to sunbathe and swim off.
There are of course some sandy beaches, with Zlatni Rat on Brac island being featured in a huge range of the country’s tourism and there are some other small sandy beaches between the rocky coves, if you know where to look.
Where to stay
Backpackers still love Croatia for its laid-back attitude. As you arrive on anyone of the islands you will be greeted by a group of people advertising their spare room, ready to take you back to it.
While this may not be particularly suitable for families, there is still plenty of accommodation to choose from. Small self-catering apartments are readily available for budget travellers, and villas are available to rent for a fraction of what you would pay in the rest of the Mediterranean.
Eating and drinking
If you are self-catering you will be faced with an abundance of good, cheap local produce. The country specialises in the production of olive oil, honey and wine.
If you are looking to eat out you will discover that the food culture is one of the reasons why it is so good to bring a family here. Pizza and pasta are popular, and if you get a bit sick of that the country has a kill it and grill it approach to food. Fussy eaters need not fear being handed something to unusual to try, meaning less stressful meal times for everyone.