Holidays are a chance to get away from it all and enjoy spending time doing exactly what you want. However as we all know, things don’t always go to plan.
Whether it’s bad weather, delays, cancellations, lack of transport, or simply an afternoon you hadn’t planned anything for, there always seems to be at least a few hours of sitting around in a hotel room watching news bulletins in a foreign language. If you’re happy to frantically translate headlines using a phrase book that’s fine, but if your kids are repeatedly chanting “I’m bored!” or your other half is starting to think that this free time is a great opportunity to try their hand at hairdressing with you as their first client, it might be an idea to take some back-up entertainment in your suitcase should your plans fall through.
These days the internet has become the main refuge for the bored and restless, however using your smartphone abroad can be costly and taking a laptop in your suitcase will add a significant amount of weight, not to mention the inconvenience you will suffer if it is lost or stolen. An increasing number of hotels now have internet café’s either on the premises or nearby, however if this is not the case taking a games console in your hand luggage is the next best thing. While traditional board or card games are always an option they can take up quite a bit of space, and if a piece is lost you’re stuck trying to invent an adaptation of the game which doesn’t require the missing part. Many portable games consoles are reasonably priced and can also play films and even act as e-books as well as being easy to use for both children and adults.
If you and your family are big readers the large number of books taken on holiday can take up a huge amount of space in your suitcase and are susceptible to being damaged or lost. E-books or games consoles can store anything up to 3,500 books and are compact and light enough to be carried in a handbag. Most e-books cost less than £100 and also include a number of popular games if you’re feeling a bit less intellectual.
If you really don’t want to stay indoors it’s amazing what you can find right outside your accommodation. Many people plan so many activities into their holidays that they never get time to look around the area where they are staying. Whether it’s going to a nearby local café or encouraging the kids to take pictures of unusual or interesting things in the area there is often more on your doorstep than you first thought.
Written by Francesca Caruana-Grima
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