Holiday Essentials: What do we look for when booking a family trip away?
Naturally, when booking a family holiday, we want to take full advantage of where we're staying. We want to know where the nearest beach is, if there are child friendly attractions, and which restaurants have the best reviews. The long-awaited family trip is planned with precision, in the hope that there will be 'something for everyone'.
But they're not the only thing we're looking for nowadays, it turns out 38.5% of 16-24 year olds believe that strong Wi-Fi is the third most essential holiday requirement. Not only are we looking for an idyllic location, we're looking for a location that also has superfast broadband.
There are some things come rain or shine, that our kids simply can't be without!
This news comes for a survey carried out by electrical retailer AO.com, which revealed that while location factors still remain top of the accommodation wish list, strong Wi-Fi came a close third, beating other considerations including a private pool, a bar/restaurant and even a good view!
16-24 holidaymakers top holiday accommodation priorities.
- . Close to the beach
- . Close to city centre
- . Strong Wi-Fi
- . Room with a view
- . Bar/Restaurant
- . Private pool
- . Kids centre
- . Smart TV
- . Gym
- . Complimentary device chargers
Technology and access to Wi-Fi might be must-haves when it comes to your kids holiday priorities, but they're not the only ones who can't go without their beloved devices.
The survey also revealed how much technology the average family takes when going on holiday. The amounts may take you by surprise!
How many electronic devices does your family take on holiday abroad? e.g. tablets, wireless headphones, kindles etc
- 17.9% of families with 16 - 24 year olds take over 7 devices with them when going on holiday abroad.
- 8.1% of the UK take over 7 devices with them when on holiday abroad.
- However, 10.6% of the UK don't take any electronic devices on holiday abroad.
Of course, taking technology abroad can allow us to get the most out of the holiday experience, as well as offering a distraction to your kids when you're after a few minutes of peace and quiet!
AO.com have put together a few suggestions on how to maximise the impact of your gadgets on holiday...
- Be prepared! Download audiobooks, music and films onto your devices before you travel. This way if you don't have access to WI-FI, you can still enjoy them.
- Before you start your journey, download plenty of games that you can play offline. As of March 2017 there were 2.8 billion apps on the Apple app store so you should have plenty to choose from!
- Be careful when using public WI-FI networks as they're often not very secure. Ensure your information is protected by avoiding apps and websites that require personal or financial information and only send information to sites that are fully encrypted.
- If you don't have any access to WI-FI, check with your network provider how your data works when abroad. Some networks will charge for using data roaming outside of the UK, so make sure you turn it off to avoid receiving these charges.
Family holidays are a time to unwind and tech has a way of letting you fully escape. If you like reading, watching films or listening to music on holiday, there are plenty of apps out there to keep you, the teenagers, and even the little ones entertained.
What better time to catch up on reading all those books or watching a box set, than when you're basking in the sun? Below are a few apps to consider downloading in preparation for your holiday.
- Kindle - this free app from Amazon puts more than 1.5 million books at your fingertips and you don't need to own a Kindle to use it. You can download the app onto your mobile device and enjoy reading on the go.
- Netflix - the world's leading subscription service for watching TV episodes and films on your mobile device. The free app comes as part of your membership and means you can watch thousands of episodes on your phone, laptop or tablet.
- Spotify - a digital musical streaming service that gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts and videos from artists all over the world.
Whether you choose to holiday with, or without tech, the most important thing is to make the most of your time together as a family, so whilst WI-FI may be considered important initially, the real fun will come through spending some quality time with each other.
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