Your Family Trip to Yorkshire
A Holiday Guide

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Nothing beats packing up the family and heading off for a couple of days. And Yorkshire, with its mesmerizing mixture of classic countryside and modern marvels, is the perfect place for your family trip to Yorkshire. To ensure that you enjoy a great trip here, we have compiled this holiday guide to help with planning your family trip to Yorkshire so that things run as smoothly as possible.

Plan Your Trip
Make an itinerary. Use our website and create a list of places to see and activities to do and then consult the whole family. This is a great way of getting everyone excited, and to ensure that you all have an idea of how your holiday is going to play out. Remember, traveling with kids will require flexibility, so keep the itinerary as a loose guide.

Tip: Place the itinerary on the refrigerator to keep everyone excited about your holiday.

Before You Go
If you're traveling with small children, we suggest always getting travel insurance before heading off. Kids are very energetic which can make a family trip unpredictable. Not only will this look after all of you and your valuables should something happen, but it provides for excellent peace of mind.

Tip: Talk to a travel insurer that provides free cover for children. This will help you save on your premium.

What to Take
Apart from your clothes, ensure that you pack enough entertainment (books, games, music) to keep the kids busy during a long flight or drive. Also, pack some healthy snacks like apple slices, fruit bars and some juice for them to nibble on. This is also a sneaky way to keep kids quiet for a little while, especially when flying.

Tip: Calm down energetic kids by downloading audio storybooks and playing it for them on an MP3 player. Get enough stories to occupy them for an hour or two.

Family on Beach

What To Do
Yorkshire is filled to the brim with fun activities for the family. We suggest treating the family trip to Yorkshire like an adventure to keep spirits up and kids happy. You might try a balloon trip over the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, or exploring it on horseback. If you really want some adventure, try Xscape in Castleford in West Yorkshire. This centre brings the outdoors indoors and offers snowboarding, skiing and rock climbing.

For a more relaxing time, try the Whitby Treasure Hunt. This is a great way for the whole family to explore and discover a piece of Yorkshire by solving clues and puzzles. Maps are included along with all the answers to the clues should you need a little help.

Tip:Hand the kids the camera and task them with creating a photo album of your family trip. This will keep them involved and give them a fun project to do once they get home.

These helpful tips were brought to you by Essential Travel. The UK's favourite travel extras provider.

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