I think that one thing we are all missing is the ability to travel. Although right at this moment it’s best to stay home to stay safe, there’s no harm in thinking to the future and possibly planning your 2021 holiday.
London is a great destination for families. There are lots of fun attractions to see, places to visit, and some amazing nightlife. Travelling with kids, however, is often fraught with difficulties, not least with the added impact of being COVID safe London.
Here are a few tips to ensure everyone has a fantastic time when the time is right to travel again.
Choose a Family Friendly Hotel
Hotels in the capital can be expensive. The closer you are to the main attractions such as Covent Garden, the more you can expect to pay for a 3* or 4* hotel room. There are bargains to be had if you book last minute.
We’ve had some amazing hotel experiences since the pandemic began and have found them to be extremely safe.
Private accommodation is also becoming increasingly popular. This could offer more peace of mind in terms of hygiene too and keeping contact with other people to a minimum.
Plan Your Itinerary
It’s a good idea to have an itinerary planned before you travel. Discuss it with the kids to find out what they want to see. No doubt everyone will have a different idea of what’s fun and interesting, so try and include one ‘must-see’ attraction for every member of the family on your list.
Once you have an itinerary, go online to see if there are any discount codes or special entry deals to reduce the cost. Nectar points, Tesco Clubcard Points etc can all help to cut the cost of family tickets!
Of course, it’s important to check out all the attractions COVID measures. We have enjoyed doing more outdoorsy things this year but hopefully, next year will be a lot calmer and indoor attractions will become safer to explore again.
Look at Travel Options
Tubes and buses are the easiest way to get around central London, however, there is no reason why you can’t walk if you are feeling energetic and it’s a great way to see London by foot. Buy travel passes to cut down on the cost of transport; you can purchase these online in advance.
Kids like to eat and drink regularly. Thankfully there are hundreds of places to eat in and around London. Lots of these places are offering takeaway or have put in plastic screens and are abiding by social distance rules.
To make it easier, and to have less contact, restaurants sometimes have an app to order.
Sticking to an itinerary like glue is useful if you don’t have a lot of time available, but try and be flexible to take into account bad weather or closures. So if you had a trip to London Zoo planned, but the weather is awful, go to the Natural History Museum instead and see the zoo tomorrow.
Plan Some Downtime
Trips to London can be a bit full-on, so be sure to plan a bit of downtime. Relaxing in a hotel room with a DVD is sometimes necessary to restore energy levels.
It may seem like travelling is a long way off, and of course, check with government guidelines regularly to check on restrictions, but I believe it could be possible to have a wonderful 2021 holiday!
Disclosure: In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.