Why Your Children Should Be Involved In Planning Your Next Adventure

Why Your Children Should Be Involved In Planning Your Next Adventure

As a child, I was extremely lucky and I travelled with my parents quite a lot. My parents more often than not included me in the planning process, from asking where I wanted to go, to what I wanted to do. Sometimes they took my suggestions on board, sometimes they didn’t. I think asking to visit the moon was simply a step too far. Maybe my early involvement in travel organisation has made me the travel planner I am today? I’d like to think it did.

Involving your Child/Children In The Planning Process

You may think as a parent, if you are one, of course, the decision should be yours, however research* that has been undertaken reveals children thrive when being involved with the holiday planning, with 59% wanting the freedom to choose the family activities and over half (51%) stating they would feel more grown up if their parents let them pick where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do whilst away. 

Therefore, if you have children maybe you should include them in the decision-making process when it comes to planning your next adventure or at least ask their opinion before making the final booking if you don’t do so already?

Letting Them Make The Decisions

The Saccone Joly family allowed their five-year-old daughter Emilia to organise the family holiday and make all the fun and diverse decisions. She was given free rein to choose everything from the type of holiday, the destination to their itinerary. She opted for a Marella Cruise which is part of TUI UK and Ireland and TUI Group/World of TUI, is the third largest cruise line in the UK and choose the ideal activities for the family from the plethora of programmes onboard and the exciting excursions ashore. 

Check out the video below to see what the family got up to on their adventure.

It looks like Emilia and her little brother picked the perfect holiday for the family. As we have a Marella Cruise booked ourselves for January 2019 we now cannot wait to step on board. We will be cruising around the Caribbean and Central America on the Marella Discovery 2, which is one of five ships in the fleet, and check it out for ourselves. It looks like Marella Cruises have an unparalleled atmosphere and offer amazing accommodation, food and activities.

Our Upcoming Marella Cruise

As the fleet sails all over the world deciding which itinerary we wanted to take was very tough. Therefore after a lot of research, we are actually taking two Marella Cruises booked back to back to some destinations we never thought we would get the opportunity to visit.

Cruise 1 – Exotic Explorer

  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Roatan, Honduras
  • Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala
  • Belize City, Belize
  • Costa Maya, Mexico
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica

Cruise 2 – Cuban Fusion: 

  • Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Georgetown, Cayman Islands
  • Havana, Cuba
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica

Big News from ESLT HQ

Planning family adventures

Even though we won’t be travelling on our cruise with a child, it is likely to be our last big holiday without one.

Yes, Mr ESLT and I are planning on starting a family!

In fact, we have HUGE news –  we are currently going through the adoption process with our local authority and fingers crossed this time next year we will have a child of our own – how very nervewracking, yet totally exciting. Therefore, our Marella cruise will in effect be our babymoon.

We can’t wait to welcome Mini ESLT to the family and we plan to continue to travel as much as possible with them in tow. We hope to take on board (see what I did there?) the findings from the research* and involve our child/children when it comes to making decisions about our family holidays, just like I was when I was a child in order to make them feel more grown up, valued, listened to and part of the ESLT team. Which in turn we feel will aid good mental health which is uber important for children. We also intend to bear in mind what they want to do and what they want to see which according to the research includes:

  1. Spending time with parents/family – 31.9%
  2. Exploring/going on adventures – 25.5%
  3. Swimming – 15.5%
  4. To play games – 5.7%
  5. Freedom to do what they want – 5.6%

It’s heartwarming to see that spending time with parents/family is at the top of the list, as for us who will be working parents, it will also give us the opportunity to spend quality time with the little one/s away from the daily stresses of everyday life.

Would you be brave enough as the Saccone Joly family to allow your child/children to plan every detail of your next adventure? Do you involve them in the planning process currently? We’d love to hear from you with all your cruise and parenting advice and recommendations as 2019 will be a whole new adventure for us, but one we cannot wait to take.

* Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Marella Cruises

  • In partnership with TUI. Marella Cruises have an unparalleled atmosphere and offer exceptional service.


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